2021 Specialty Gardens

If you’ve visited the Gardens before … you’ve never seen them like this!

The Entrance and Terrace Gardens

Escape to the Tropics with banana plants, cannas and coleus. Enjoy the vivid colors with plenty of interest from both bold foliage and flowers.

The Reception Garden

This garden saw a makeover this Spring with the asphalt blacktop surface being upgraded to Unilock pavers that will compliment plants that emphasize the cooling colors of blue and silver. Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’ will provide free-flowering short coverage while Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ will bring in the hummingbirds. Note the Druid sculpture and the archway to the former Parker Pen World Headquarters (Janesville, WI).

The Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden is now in its second year to transition to a garden that is awash in white from a flowing combination of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Large drifts of perennials will offer color and texture with annuals offering lengthy and colorful augmentation to a garden space popular for weddings and other special events. Large containers will also offer color in the space that was previously an old BMX bike track!

Sunflower Collection

2021 is the year of the sunflower! 13 planted beds will showcase a wide variety of sunflowers. See sunflowers from mammoth to dwarf, with a variety of colors, and from across the globe.

Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden features 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. Look for Popcorn plants whose fragrance smells like buttered popcorn and will grow to 5 feet in height by the end of the season with masses of clear yellow flowers.

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.

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