A Message to our Gardens Family:
In an effort to do our part in protecting our community and help slow the spread of COVID-19, Rotary Botanical Gardens will temporarily close to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. At this time, we plan to re-open on Monday, April 6, but will continue to monitor and follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Rock County Public Health Department recommendations.
The Spring Symposium is being rescheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020. If you registered for this event, please look for an email with more information later today. We will post on our website and Facebook page with additional updates on future events and programs as this situation evolves. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email or by calling 608-752-3885.
Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff, and guests. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.
Thank you for supporting Rotary Botanical Gardens!
March 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. Registration Begins
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
9:15 a.m. Michael Jesiolowski – Have Plants, Will Travel
10:45 a.m. Morning Break
11:15 a.m. Bobbie Schwartz – Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden Your Dreams
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Mark Dwyer – Cool Plants to Know and Grow
2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:00 p.m. End of program
Thank you for coming, and we hope to see you for our fall symposium on
November 7, 2020!
Michael is the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens. He has spent most of his career at public garden institutions, most recently as Garden Supervisor at Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. At Chicago Botanic Garden, where he was Senior Horticulturist, he was responsible for the Entrance Gardens, which encompassed the Visitor’s Center, Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, and the Regenstein Learning Campus. He created the seasonal displays in these areas, spearheaded the creation of gravel garden beds in the Parking Lots, and added hundreds of new taxa to the collection. Michael received his formal training through the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture. He also has experience working at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL), Bernheim Arboretum (Clermont, KY), Epic Systems (Verona, WI), and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Bobbie, a certified landscape designer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is the owner of Bobbie’s Green Thumb, a full-time business focusing on landscape design, consultation, installation and maintenance, lecturing and writing. Most of Bobbie’s designs are for residential properties. Her landscape signature is the use of perennials, flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses to facilitate color and interest throughout the year. Bobbie has received several design awards for residential, commercial and institutional designs.
Since 1988, Bobbie has been lecturing locally and nationally for master gardeners, botanical gardens and landscape associations on various aspects of design and perennial and ornamental grass gardening. She also writes extensively for various associations and magazines. In November 2017, her book, Garden Renovation: Transform Your Yard into the Garden of Your Dreams, was released by Timber Press.
Mark was previously the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens for 21 years and has now founded his own landscape and horticultural consulting business, Landscape Prescriptions by MD (www.landscapeprescriptionsmd.com). His background is in landscape architecture and forestry and his continued passion is obtaining, growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants. Mark previously worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden (Niles, MI) and as a landscape designer in Appleton, WI. Mark has degrees in landscape architecture (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and urban forestry (UW-Stevens Point).