Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison

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Allen Centennial Gardens Collage

 

Allen Centennial Gardens entry sign

 

 

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.

Dancer art at Allen Centennial Gardens

 

2014 Garden Theme

 

The first garden near the house, Sally’s Garden, named after generous benefactor Sally Bilder.

Sally's GardenBehind the house is the Ornamental Shade Garden and the Wisconsin Woodland Garden. There is a commemorative plaque on a rock in that garden.

Woodland Garden plaque Allen Gardens

Wisconsin Woodland Garden Allen Gardens

 Views out in the main part of the gardens.

Paths at Allen Gardens

 The gazebo and red bridge as seen from the round Lawn garden.

Gazebo and bridge at Allen Gardens

A closer view.

Gazebo and pond Allen Gardens

Even a sundial, it was actually noon at the time but it would be correct in Standard time, not Daylight Savings time.

Sundial at Allen Gardens

Birds find plenty of places to take a bath here.

Birds bathing at Allen Gardens

Czech Crevice Garden

Czech Crevice Garden

The French Garden

Fren Garden at Allen Gardens

Some shade for a hot summer day.

Arbor Terrace at Allen Gardens

English Garden

English Garden at Allen Gardens

 

I had a great visit here and plan on coming back more often.  It is open year-round to visitors.

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