Earth Day Began in Wisconsin Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson Post by: Marsha Mood Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson was born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin on June 4, 1916 and died on July 4, 2005.   Nelson served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1949 to 1959, as Governor of Wisconsin from 1959-1963, and, Read More

Today was a repeat from yesterday with perfect weather and sunny skies.  The morning had a chilly start but it warmed up nicely to 72 degrees F.  I was at the gardens on Saturday morning and with all the rain we’ve had recently and a warm weekend, plants are budding out, flowering and in, Read More

I neglected to post a Friday blog although I had downloaded all of these photos for that purpose!  Nice shot above of ‘Golden Lotus’ hellebore (Helleborus) looking good in the woodland walk garden.  Friday was another very productive day with plenty of activity.  Larry H., Janice and myself had a wide range of duties, Read More

We had quite a bit of rain overnight and aside from a couple of hours of sunlight this afternoon, it was fairly gloomy.  I wanted to share some photos I took this past Sunday at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a fabulous conservatory and the gardens around the conservatory are, Read More

I picked up the remainder of our pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) today so we’re ready to go for our Pansy Sale which starts this Saturday, April 15th in tandem with our Compost Sale.  Held at the Horticulture Center from 8 am until 12 noon, a wide range of pansy colors will be offered in, Read More

Sorry for the short blog (or maybe some of you readers are thankful for that!?) but today was a long one.  I had a presentation up at Olbrich Botanical Garden (Madison, WI) this evening (Annuals) and had a full day of tasks including picking up a good portion of our bananas (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’), Read More

It was amazing to see how much growth has occurred out in the gardens since last Friday.  With a warm weekend and some rain, plants are really exploding out in the gardens with lots of bulbs at peak and many of our earliest woody plants in bloom.  The earliest of perennials are also showing, Read More

Post by Patrea Wilson One of the benefits of working at Rotary Botanical Gardens is meeting visitors from around the world. I’ve welcomed travelers from Spain, Canada, China, Japan, Scotland, England, Germany, and all across the U.S. Some of them had discovered the Gardens on Trip Advisor or another online resource and included us, Read More

It was a busy day at the gardens and the sunshine and cool temperatures made for a good day to get things done.  Nice shot above of the branching texture and interesting bark of the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis).  While it was chilly this morning, the sun warmed the gardens up quickly and we had, Read More

Some of our 2017 Garden Art Projects are coming back to the gardens and a sneak peak can be seen above and below of these neat fish.  Based on the three (of thirty) that have come back already, we’re very excited about this display as you can imagine.  A wide range of artists of, Read More