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Rotary Botanical Gardens Janesville, WI

Updated on November 18, 2020
View of red Japanese Arched Bridge from across the pond.
View of red Japanese Arched Bridge from across the pond.
Walking along the "North Woodland Path."
Walking along the "North Woodland Path."

Exploring the Gardens

The Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin was first introduced to me through the "Story and Stroll" children's program. It was held in a large classroom in the Parker Education Center where my grandson and I met a group of our friends. The garden staff did a wonderful job of reading books related to nature, incorporating finger plays and singing lively songs.

When the story time was finished they opened the patio doors and encouraged us all to take our time to explore the gardens. Fine gravel pathways led us through lush fragrant gardens, over bridges and through wooded areas by a shimmering pond with willow tree branches sweeping the surface.

Reflecting pool in the "Sunken Garden"
Reflecting pool in the "Sunken Garden"
The "Sunken Garden"
The "Sunken Garden"
White Peonies in the "Sunken Garden"
White Peonies in the "Sunken Garden"

Seasonal Gardens Galore

The Rotary Botanical Gardens could easily be visited several times a year as you just can't see everything in a few hours or even a day. The wide variety of individual gardens are astonishing and include an Alpine, Fern & Moss, French, Japanese, Scottish, English Cottage and a Daylily Collection just to name a few.

This natural sanctuary can be seen as a respite from the every day stresses and routines of life. A leisurely walk through any of these gardens can leave you feeling a little calmer and refreshed.

Gardens in Wisconsin change with the seasons so you'll see tulips, daffodils, and iris's in abundance here in the spring. Then peonies, day lilies and roses will be seen blooming shortly after that.

Metal Rose Garden Sculpture
Metal Rose Garden Sculpture
Delphinium, Belladonna Light Blue
Delphinium, Belladonna Light Blue
"Hosta Hollow"
"Hosta Hollow"

Heavenly Hostas

If you like Hosta's then you'll want to see the national display gardens here for the American Hosta Society. A special area called, "Hosta Hollow" has been carved out for them highlighting a wide variety of them. Due to their beauty and versatility they can also be seen in other garden areas scattered throughout the grounds.

"Mission: Rotary Botanical Gardens is an internationally themed botanical showcase which provides for the education and appreciation of horticulture for the benefit of all people."

Bumble Bee & Flower
Bumble Bee & Flower
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden
Purple Globe Flower
Purple Globe Flower

Rotary Botanical Gardens

1445 Palmer Drive Janesville, WI:
1445 Palmer Dr, Janesville, WI 53545, USA

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Foxglove Flowers in Bloom
Foxglove Flowers in Bloom

© 2012 Laura Ross


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