Rotary Gardens
Rotary Botanical Gardens
Japanese bridge
Type Botanical
Location Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Opened 1989
Owned by non-profit organization

Rotary Botanical Gardens is a non-profit 20-acre (81,000 m2) botanical garden located in Janesville, Wisconsin that is open to the public.


The 20-acre site contains a number of themed gardens, including Japanese, Scottish, French formal, Italian, and English cottage gardens. The Japanese garden borders a pond that is spanned by a red Japanese-styled bridge.[1] A sunken garden is surrounded by limestone walls and perennial plantings. Its entrance is a Tudor-style stone arch that was once the entrance to the Parker Pen Company's world headquarters formerly located in Janesville.[1] There are also less formal gardens, such as a fern and moss garden, and shade, prairie, and woodland gardens.[2]

Rotary Botanical Gardens is a self-sustaining non-profit organization.[3] With over 100,000 visitors annually, it is the most frequented tourist destination in Rock County.[3] It is also a popular site for weddings and receptions.[3]

Pond and Japanese garden area, April 2011


French, Italian, and herb gardens

Rotary Botanical Gardens was established in 1988 by Janesville Rotary Clubs on the grounds of a defunct sand and gravel quarry.[4] Owned by the city, the site was filled with debris and equipment. The city leased the site to the Rotarians, who began a multi-year cleanup project. After tons of rubbish were removed, gardens, walkways, benches, and gazebos were added. A ramshackle building on the property was rehabilitated and turned into a visitors' and environmental center. A horticultural center was added in 2002 that contains meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gift shop and an addition to the Rath Environmental Center was completed in 2005.[4][5]


See also


  1. ^ a b Linda Brazill, "Rotary Gardens: A dialogue among flowers and cultures in Janesville", The Capital Times, Madison, WI, June 30-July 1, 2001, p. B1, cols. 1-3.
  2. ^ Rotary Botanical Gardens. Gardens
  3. ^ a b c Shelly Birkelo, "Rotary Botanical Gardens announces events to celebrate 25th year". Janesville Gazette, April 16, 2014. Accessed April 24,2014.
  4. ^ a b Rotary Botanical Gardens. Our History.
  5. ^ Kathleen Ostrander, "Fund-raising drive launched for gardens", Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, June 10, 2001. p. C3, cols. 5-6.
  6. ^ a b "Rotary Botanical Gardens Wins Second Year of Landscape Design Contest".

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Coordinates: 42°41?02?N 89°00?59?W / 42.68389°N 89.01639°W / 42.68389; -89.01639

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