Visit the Garden

  • Hours

    Allen Centennial Garden is open year-round, dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

  • Parking

      Hourly parking in the Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36) – check availability

      2-hour timed parking (pay-by-cell meters) in Lot 34 near Slitcher Residence Hall and Tripp Circle

      25-minute timed parking in Lot 20 near Animal Sciences Building/Biomedical Labs

      2-hour timed parking in Lot 37 near Sullivan Residence Hall

      Free parking is available in nearby Lot 26, 34, 35, 37, 39, and 40 after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

      Free parking is available in the Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36) and Lots 26, 34, 35, 37, 39, and         40 on weekends.


  • Photo Policy

    Photographs are a great way to remember your visit to Allen Centennial Garden. Planning on using the Garden for professional or commercial work? Please be sure to fill out our Photography Permit.

Visitor Map

Parking is Free at the Observatory Drive Ramp and Tripp Circle after 4:30pm Monday–Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

  • Dogs

    Well-behaved, four-legged friends are welcome on your Garden visit. We ask that dogs remain on leash and on the path at all times.

  • Guided Tours



    Allen Centennial Garden offers guided group tours by reservation March-October. 


    Booking a tour

    Contact Elin Filbey at 608-576-2501 or

    Full payment and headcount must be received at least 1 week prior to the tour. Any additional attendees added after the final payment  must be paid for at the time of the tour.* 

    *Final payment non-refundable. Refunds will not be granted for changes in attendance. 


    Guided vs. Self-Guided Tours

    Guided tours are led by a student intern, Garden staff member or the Executive Director. All guided tours require a reservation.

    Self-guided tours do not require a reservation and do not include any docents. However, it is strongly recommended you call ahead of time to ensure your group’s visit doesn’t conflict with any other Garden activities.


    Group Sizes 

    A minimum of 10 people are required for a guided tour. Groups smaller than 10 will be charged a flat rate of $50.00, which must be paid in full at least one week prior to the tour date to confirm a reservation. 



    Contact or call 608-576-2501.

    Tour Offerings

    Tier 1: General Tours

    General Garden tour, given by a student intern or garden staff and includes garden history, stories, and plant highlights.

    Duration: 45 minutes–1 hour

    Cost: $5/person


    Tier 2: Director Tour

    Executive Director Tours

    Personalized Garden tour with the Garden’s Executive Director for a maximum of 25 people.

    Director of Horticulture Tours

    Enjoy a plant-centric tour with the mastermind behind many of the plant choices and designs throughout the Garden, with a special focus on container designs throughout the Garden. Maximum of 25 people. 

    Duration: 1–1.5 hours

    Cost: $10/person


    *In order to provide your group with an intimate and tailored experience, one tour guide is required for every 25 guests. Each additional tour guides requires a $25 fee. 

    **Weekend tours require an additional $25 fee per guide. 

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Allen Centennial Garden
620 Babcock Drive
Madison WI 53706

Contact Info
Phone: 608-576-2501

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