2017 Garden Art Project

Something Fishy is Happening at Rotary Botanical Gardens!

Thank you for your interest in participating in our Garden Art Project; all projects have been claimed for the 2017 season. 

You can still get involved with the Garden Art Project! Here’s how:

  • Visit the Garden Art Exhibit (begins Mother’s Day weekend, 2017)
  • Vote for your favorite project!
  • Mark your calendar for the Garden Art Auction, September 8, 2017, where you can bid on any project and take it home with you! All proceeds help to sustain the Gardens for generations to come.

Did you know:

The decorated wooden fish will become part of the 2017 StoryWalk program, held at Rotary Botanical Gardens, in partnership with the Janesville Hedberg Public Library. The StoryWalk book is titled, Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and will be featured in the “Aquarium Garden.” The “Aquarium Garden” is a large, outdoor, imaginative feature which includes a variety of wooden sea creatures and live plants. Garden visitors will be able to view the projects on display near the “Aquarium Garden” until September 4, 2017. The fundraiser will conclude on September 8, 2017 when the public is invited to a live auction and reception. The fish will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the Gardens.

2017 Garden Art Info

The goal of these projects is to bring outside creativity into the Gardens and help raise funds to sustain the Gardens. The theme of the 2017 project is “Something Fishy.” For a fee of $35.00*, participants will receive a hand-crafted, wooden fish, made by Rotary Botanical Gardens’ volunteers. The fish are available on a first come, first serve basis and artists are encouraged to use a design that is colorful, whimsical, or educational. A list of guidelines is provided to each participant, with plenty of helpful tips.

Wooden fish, waiting to be picked up and decorated!

Participants will have until April 15, 2017, to decorate their project. Upon returning their project to the Gardens, the wooden fish will then be weather proofed by our generous sponsor, CARSTAR. After completion of the weather proofing, staff and volunteers at Rotary Botanical Gardens will put the projects on display throughout the Gardens, just in time for Mother’s Day weekend.


Questions? Please call 608.314.8414 or email resourcedev@Rotarygardens.org

*The $35.00 is a participatory fee and all fish must be returned to the Gardens.