Allen Centennial Gardens, Madison

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#5 of 12 in Parks in Madison
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  • It is a wonderful place to visit and walk through the different areas of the garden to see what they have done or added each Spring ,Summer and Fall weddings are held here and it is a nice place to ha...  more »
  • Look, learn and enjoy the many "zones" of various gardens and plant types. Or, just sit on a bench and inhale it all. Or, using the supplied food pellets, feed the golden Koi fish in the water garden....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Allen Centennial Gardens is located 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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