The Halloween Walk this early evening seemed very well attended!  We had great volunteer help and it was nice to see all the neat costumes and little ones coming through the gardens to collect candy and engage in some fun at the Parker Education Center.  We utilized some of the Holiday Light Show (HLS), Read More

The combination of Larry and ladders (seen directly above) have helped decorate two large evergreens today (and much more!).  Larry, Big John, Terry, Alex, Bobby K., Cindy and I all had more duties related to the Holiday Light Show (HLS) preparations.  Cindy and Alex did some gardening as well and we had some great, Read More

Nice shot above of the fall color on ‘Edelweiss WB’ American larch (Larix laricina) originally found and propagated by our own volunteer, Josef B.!  This compact, deciduous conifer shows off great autumn coloration and superior texture!  There was lots of great “autumn coloration” throughout the gardens on this beautiful, sunny day.  Our entire grounds, Read More

Our stretch of good weather continued again today with a cold start but nice warming throughout the day.  Nice shot above of Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha).  It was nice to see some late season visitors exploring the gardens which, while lacking the color of our seasonal displays, still has plenty of interest, Read More

Nice shot above from underneath a STATE STREET™ Miyabe maple (Acer miyabei ‘Morton’) which will turn yellow shortly.  Fall color this year is ok but not exceptional.  It was another warm and sunny day with temperatures near 55 degrees F.  We saw quite a few visitors today and had a great volunteer turnout.  Our grounds, Read More

The weather the last two days has been quite nice and quite a change from the brief snow storms we saw this past Saturday afternoon!  The photo directly above and four below show some of our activities on Monday.  For the sixth year in a row, we took a convoy of trucks, trailers, staff, Read More

We had an awesome turnout of volunteers today for our last Volunteer Work Saturday of the season.  Big John, Laura B., and Janice helped facilitate the work day along with lots of help from Tina B.  Thanks to Tina for taking most of these photos too!  Lloyd was here to clear plants while Larry, Read More

Today was overcast with some drizzle to start the morning but the sun appeared briefly later in the day.  While it was a breezy and cool day, it was quite pleasant to be out in the gardens.  Nice shot of ‘Dark Beauty’ toadlily (Tricyrtis formosana) blooming here in the woodland walk garden.  We had a, Read More

While the morning was extremely chilly, the day warmed up over 50 degrees F but the wind was substantial all day.  These photos are all from Cindy (thanks Cindy!) who observed the annual set-up of one of our larger obelisks (20″) on a raft (named “Ginger”).  Larry H., Bobby K., Alex, Big John and, Read More

The photo above and below are not at Rotary Botanical Gardens but were taking yesterday in the Healing Garden at SSM St Mary’s Hospital here in Janesville.  These are seven-son flowers (Heptacodium miconioides) which are a neat woody plant (small tree) that already bloomed white (and fragrant!) in September and the pink you see, Read More