Allen Centennial Gardens is another public garden in Madison that we don’t get to often enough. It is a “classroom” on the UW Campus for students and volunteers. Al went there in the spring during the UW Family Gardening Day this year. In mid-summer, I finally got here! All the flowers were in full bloom and very beautiful. The Victorian house was built around 1890. They change their “theme” in the garden each year. In 2014 the theme was “25th Anniversary Celebration” and dancers decorated the garden.
The first garden near the house, Sally’s Garden, named after generous benefactor Sally Bilder.
Behind the house is the Ornamental Shade Garden and the Wisconsin Woodland Garden. There is a commemorative plaque on a rock in that garden.
Views out in the main part of the gardens.
The gazebo and red bridge as seen from the round Lawn garden.
A closer view.
Even a sundial, it was actually noon at the time but it would be correct in Standard time, not Daylight Savings time.
Birds find plenty of places to take a bath here.
Czech Crevice Garden
The French Garden
Some shade for a hot summer day.
I had a great visit here and plan on coming back more often. It is open year-round to visitors.