Allen Centennial Garden, Madison

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  • July 13, 2017
    Maintained as part of the horticulture program at the University of Wisconsin, this garden provides an oasis on campus. A variety of beds surround a historic Victorian house. The shade garden is a coo...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    A tricky to find, but worth the effort beautiful garden that my wife always insists on visiting every year. It's a regular go to spot when friends are visiting Madison.  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    Nice variety of plantings, and they are well cared for. Very relaxing place to spend a few hours. I haven't attended any events there, but I have seen them setting up for events, and think it would be...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    My husband and I are hosta and succulent lovers.... we absolutely loved our visit to this garden! So many hostas and so many hen and chicks!
  • January 24, 2017
    Entrance is free. I loved the writings on display because even without a guide you are able to appreciate a number of things. I visited at a point the deans house was under renovation so I did not get the chance to step in but the gardens were good enough and beautiful.
  • August 19, 2016
    I never expected such a wonderful garden to exist on campus. It has one of the best collections (and well displayed collections) of alpine plants in its alpine rock garden that I've seen outside of Scandinavia. It's a perfect sanctuary in the middle of campus and I just can't get over the quality of the garden. While it's very small, it has much to offer and is always worth a walk around.
  • June 25, 2016
    Allen Centennial Gardens sits on the corner of Babcock Road and Observatory Drive. Surrounding a Victorian mansion that sits on the National Register of Historic Places, this 2.5 acre slice of heaven is one of my favorite Madison attractions. The gardener in me appreciates the 21 individually themed gardens and thousands of different perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees that grace the gardens. I've learned a great deal about incorporating texture, color, sound and focal points into my own garden designs from my many visits to the gardens. I also enjoy how the garden is constantly evolving; it changes from day-to-day, month-to-month and year-to-year. I see something new each time I visit. The non-gardener in me appreciates the peaceful setting where I can meditate with little or no distractions. It also is where my wife and I were married on a perfect September afternoon many years ago. That alone is grounds for a five star rating.
  • August 17, 2016
    Beautiful garden. Wonderful atmosphere. A great place to enjoy a wide variety of plant species, and an ideal place to relax within the hustle and bustle of campus.

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