2022 Specialty Gardens

Enjoy our 20-acre award-winning botanical showcase featuring 26 different garden areas and more than 4,000 plant varieties, nestled in the heart of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Rotary Botanical Gardens is home to many dramatic and internationally themed gardens including the Japanese Garden, the Scottish Garden, The French Formal Garden, and the Italian and English Cottage Gardens, just to name a few!

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

The 2022 StoryWalk features the book “Except Antarctica” by Todd Sturgell. From June – October, those who visit the Gardens will find this book on display outside the English Cottage Garden. 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