We actually had some sun this morning which turned to clouds and eventually light rain by the afternoon.  We took advantage of the respite from the recent rains and caught up with mowing, garden tidying, weeding and a whole lot of other tasks.  The gardens were gorgeous today as seen in some of these, Read More

The presentation last night by Tim Gruner (above and below) at the gardens on Patterns in Nature that Inspire Japanese Gardens and the Connection between Garden and Architecture was well received by 40 attendees.  Also in attendance was Dr. Charles Mortensen and his wife.  Dr. Mortensen will be providing a seminar and demonstration at, Read More

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Bonsai: Its Art & Philosophy seminar and demonstration on May 17th from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Parker Education Center.  Dr. Charles Mortensen, a very respected expert on bonsai, will facilitate the presentation, discussion and demonstration.  This opportunity is limited to only 20 participants and, Read More

With welcome rain looming later in the week, we took advantage of another warm and mild April day.  The tulips (Tulipa) in front of the Parker Education Center continue to look excellent like the variety ‘Lightning Sun’ above.  These 100 varieties continue to be almost two weeks early so come soon to check them out, Read More

The color out in the gardens today is nothing short of amazing.  Our tulips (Tulipa) are really blooming strongly right now throughout the gardens and our assortment of 100 varieties in the entrance garden is showing some great color.  We are about 10 days ahead of whatever “normal” timing is nowadays!  At the top, Read More

The Earth Day celebration at Rotary Botanical Gardens today was a huge success.  I wasn’t there the entire day but I saw a full parking lot (and much beyond!), lots of families and the gardens had lots of visitors meandering through.  Special thanks to our volunteers (like Flannery and Dylan seen above) and all, Read More

If you haven’t visited Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL, you are missing a wonderful experience.  This garden should be visited repeatedly and throughout their open season.  Ranked consistently as the #1 Japanese garden in the Northern hemisphere, this garden will transport you to Japan and while beautiful year-round, this garden has intense spring, Read More

The photo directly above and two below were shared by Al Utzig of Utzig Carstar Collision Service (Janesville, WI).  Mr Utzig and his business have been a proud sponsor of our Garden Art Project for the past seven years that we’ve had this event.  These photos show some of the fish (30 total) in, Read More

It was another nice day outside and despite the periodic threat of rain and the occasional rain drop, the weather stayed pretty clear and we had a productive day.  The Janesville Fire Department had a busy day as well and were situated next to the Horticulture Center all day burning down an old house, Read More

Above is a wonderful shot by Marsha Mood of our saucer magnolias (Magnolia x soulangiana) in the foreground and both the fern & moss garden and Japanese garden in the background.  What a great perspective!  The rest of the photos feature some of our earliest tulip (Tulipa) varieties blooming in front of the Parker, Read More