Rotary Botanical Gardens


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

Rotary Botanical Gardens

1455 Palmer Drive - Janesville, WI 53545
Information: 608-752-3885
Hours vary by season. Please see website for details.
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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.