Rotary Botanical Gardens

View Website Favorite (9) 1455 Palmer Drive - Janesville, WI 53545
Information: 608-752-3885

Hours vary by season. Please see website for details.

Rotary Botanical Gardens is a 20-acre botanical garden showcasing a variety of internationally themed and specialty gardens. Some have an international focus, such as the Japanese and English Cottage gardens, while others are less formally-structured, such as the children's garden, Hosta Hollow, the fern and moss garden, and other seasonal displays. A Wellness Garden, which includes a labyrinth, was completed in July of 2018. The Gardens' dedication to international peace and friendship is signified by the 20-foot sculpture at the Gardens' entrance. Much of the garden is wheelchair and stroller accessible, with wide, level paths and many benches to sit and take in the surrounding beauty. The Gardens serve as an educational resource and renowned horticultural showcase. Their unique gift shop in the visitor's center offers gifts for all ages and tastes.

The Gardens offer educational workshops and seminars, plant sales, and children's activities throughout the year. Also check out their Garden Art Project, developed to promote community participation and artist collaboration at RBG, as well as raise awareness and developmental support for the Gardens. Local artists and enthusiastic people of all skill levels artistically interpret each year’s design. The finished pieces are installed throughout the Gardens where they are displayed from early June through early September for all visitors to enjoy. The chairs are then sold at a live auction in September at the Gardens. Each summer, the Gardens partner with the Hedberg Public Library to host a Story Walk program featuring a different children's book. In December, the Gardens presents the spectacular Holiday Light Show.

  • Features
    • Disabled Access
  • Tour Type
    • Agricultural
    • Walking Tours
  • Shopping Type
    • Specialty Shop
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Arboretum/Botanical
    • Scenic Vistas

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Certified: (Req. 30 Points)

To be certified through Travel Green Wisconsin, all participants must achieve at least 30 points on the Travel Green Wisconsin Checklist. The more points a business attains, the greener they are in their operations.

Green Innovations

100% CFL or LED lightingAll catered events are required to utilize reusable food service items including cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, linens and serving pieces.The Parker Center was designed to incorporate passive cooling thus reducing HVAC run time and conserving energy.Projects to rehabilitate degraded lands are in place:         Areas of the shoreline of the large pond on which the JRBG is located are actively maintained to  minimize algal blooms, erosion, and attract wildlife.        The JRBG has 1 acre native tall grass prairie that was installed in 1990.The prairie is burned every 2 years as part of maintenance plan.