2020 Specialty Gardens

If you’ve visited the Gardens before…

you’ve never seen them like this!

The Entrance and Terrace Gardens

In 2020, we will feature tropical banana plants, as well as a purple, orange, and lime color scheme in the terrace garden.  Look for bright colors with plenty of interest from both foliage and flowers.  

The Reception Garden

This garden will again feature a combination of plants that emphasize the cooling colors of blue and silver. Blue salvias will be prominent so look out for hummingbirds throughout this garden and note both the Druid sculpture and the archway to the old Parker Pen World Headquarters (Janesville, WI).

The Sunken Garden

The sunken garden will begin its transformation to a garden that is awash in white from a flowing combination of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Large drifts of perennials will over color and texture with annuals offering lengthy and colorful augmentation to a garden space popular for weddings and other events. 10 large containers will also offer color in the space that was previously an old BMX bike track!

Sunflower Collection

13 planted beds will showcase a wide variety of sunflowers. See sunflowers from mammoth to dwarf, with a variety of colors, and from different parts of the globe.

Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden

The children’s garden will feature plants for pollinators with a huge focus on bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Over 100 different types of colorful plants will be combined to form a beautiful garden that also functions as a concentrated source of pollen and nectar for wildlife.

Rotary Botanical Gardens: Enriching lives through beauty, education, and the arts

StoryWalk in partnership with the Hedberg Public Library

This year’s StoryWalk featured book is Rainbow Fish ​Finds His Way by Marcus Pfister. From June – October, those who visit the Gardens will find this book on display near the Giant Aquarium (see below). The StoryWalk is an outdoor exhibit so you may enjoy a garden stroll and story with your little one as you read this sweet tale.

Garden Art Exhibit 2020: Buzzworthy Bees

Returning for the eleventh year, the Garden Art Project Exhibit showcases local artists who have elected to participate in this annual fundraiser. The exhibit opens Spring 2020 and concludes in early September. All art projects will be sold at a live auction in September 2020.

Buzzworthy Bees will be on display beginning Friday, May 8 until Friday, September 18, 2020. All art pieces will be sold during a live auction on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

 For questions, suggestions, or more information,

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