Allen Centennial Garden



(608) 576-2501 -- Ben Futa, Executive Director


Open year-round, from dawn to dusk

620 Babcock Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

Allen Centennial Garden is on a 2.5 acre site with 22 different gardening styles from around the world. Featured are prominent herbaceous and woody ornamental cultivars labeled with scientific and common names. The gardens surround a historic Victorian home that once served as a residence for university deans.

Although the gardens are considered primarily a teaching tool in such areas as horticulture, botany, entomology and plant pathology, they are popular also among art students, public industry groups, garden clubs, grades K through 12, and the general public.

To schedule a guided tour for groups larger than 20, please contact the Executive Director, Ben Futa, at

The gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. The gardens can also be reserved for weddings and parties. Allen Centennial Garden is located at the corner of Observatory and Babcock Drives.

Parking is available at the Observatory Drive Ramp, Babcock Drive (25-minute meters), Tripp Circle (2-hour meters), and Observatory Drive (8-hour meters).

For inquiries about making a contribution to the gardens, contact Jodi Wickham, University of Wisconsin Foundation, 608-206-6058