Post by Patrea Wilson. Despised by many American gardeners as a tenacious weed, purslane is not only edible, but exceptionally nutritious. It is high in Vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more Vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots., Read More

Post by Janice Peterson When I visit botanical gardens I always appreciate a “what’s in bloom” display. This is an educational display that can be as simple as a vase with cuttings from the garden and the plant names. I like to see if I know the plants before I read the labels! Rotary, Read More

Weed of the Week Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata Post by Janice Peterson Every spring I scout my yard for garlic mustard. I found several rosettes last weekend, which I promptly removed. I have many spring ephemerals in my wooded areas, and garlic mustard is a danger to them. We have battled garlic mustard at, Read More

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

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

Post by Guest Blogger Dale Sievert There is often a silver lining surrounding a dark cloud.  There were lots of clouds in Spring 2008, of course, made of water, and a lot of that fell on Rotary Gardens.  So much that it flooded parts of the Japanese garden, including the moss gardens on either side, Read More

Post by Janice Peterson I’ve never been a collector. At least not until the day I entered a consignment shop and saw my first lady head vase. I was charmed by the 1940’s look of this lovely ceramic Mae West look-alike, complete with a hole in the top of her head! It was that day, Read More

Post by Pam Glogowski Our annual Spring Symposium, Edible Landscaping,  will be held here at Rotary Botanical Gardens on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We invite you to join us as we learn to incorporate edible plants into our home landscapes.  Speakers include author and landscape designer Rosalind Creasy, Chicago, Read More

Post by Patrea Wilson Rotary Botanical Gardens’ heirloom collection is a specialty garden featured in 2016 and 2017. It presents over 100 varieties of plants that were cultivated in American gardens in the 19th century, an important era that provided the basis for much of today’s modern gardening. Rotary Botanical Gardens’ Heirloom Garden in, Read More

Post by Janice Peterson I always encourage gardeners to try to use the scientific name for plants rather than the common name. There is good reason for this. A common name might be used for several different plants. For instance, when someone talks about their snowball plant they could be referring to Viburnum macrocephalum,, Read More