Allen Centennial Gardens

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One of the finest rock gardens in the Midwest
Thousands of plants every year

Four Seasons of spectacular beauty

2009 annual planting at base of Conifer Garden
2010 Iris Garden with house
Yucca filamentosa flowers and zinnias frame house
Welcome to
Allen Centennial
Gardens, the public garden and outdoor teaching garden for the Horticulture Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706

  • Open 365 days a year from Dawn to dusk
  • No admission fee
  • Donations welcome
  • The operations of Allen Centennial Gardens are 100% self-funded including salaries.  No University or state dollars are used for the operational budget.
Please note: The Gardens will be closed June 14th for a private fund raising event for the Gardens
Garden Director, Department of Horticulture: (608) 576-2501 (cell).  Please keep in mind, may be working in the Gardens and not able to take phone calls so you may have to leave a message.
Email: preferred contact method

Temporary Office Location Humphrey Hall, 640 Babcock Drive


See CONTACT US  for Wedding & Event Rentals, Donations/Fund Raising and other contact information.
NEWS - New Friends Group (See membership page)
Allen Centennial Gardens' fund raising is handled through the U.W. Foundation.  ACG has just formed a "Friends" group assist fund raising and that develop methods of fund raising not currently used by the Foundation and promote the Gardens.  The Steering and Organizational Committee is forming several additional committees that will develop and work on projects.  We are looking for people with experience in these categories who would enjoy volunteering their time and experience to this self-supported botanic treasure.  Here are the committees formed to date:

Events: Planning fund raising events such as parties in the Gardens, plant auctions, bus trips, educational forums, etc.

Public Relations/Marketing: This committee will start by developing a membership program for the Gardens.  It will work to find ways to advance marketing and public relations for the Gardens.

Grant Committee: This committee will research grants appropriate for projects and funding in the Gardens and write and submit them.

Contact Director Ed Lyon if you would like to be part of our fund raising group.

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View "About Us with Slide Show" for more images of all of the individual gardens throughout the seasons