A Little Time and a Keyboard: Captivating Nature Tableaux at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Captivating Nature Tableaux at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens

Captivating Nature Wandering at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens

Wandering Through Ever Changing Nature Tableaux of Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin

** Disclosure: Thank you to the Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for hosting us and accommodating our visit. All opinions are 100% my own.

Brilliant blooms, pond serenity, thought-provoking Japanese garden paths, a gently rolling trail and more natural features captivated us during our visit to Janesville's award-winning Rotary Botanical Gardens. Our recent visit to Rotary Botanical Gardens was in fact our second visit and I was so thrilled to meander its paths during a different season. Our previous wander through the gardens included scenes of fall. So, we felt pretty excited to see the gardens fully abuzz during summer.

Brilliant blooms buoy the spirit at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI.
Brilliant blooms buoy the spirit at Rotary Botanical Gardens!

Winding through the 26 gardens of Rotary Botanical Gardens, we discovered plenty of space to meander at a safe distance. While each garden floats gracefully into the next, visitors also can savor the unique flora in each. The Japanese garden offers contemplative paths, graceful flora and delicate water features. Lanterns add to the scene.

Lanterns add more to ponder in the Japanese garden.
Lanterns add more to ponder in the Japanese garden.

Upon discovering a mini waterfall, we paused in wonderment. The movement of water delights. The sound soothes. We enjoyed quite a tranquil moment.

A waterfall tranquilly flows in the Japanese garden.
A waterfall tranquilly flows in the Japanese garden.

Heading to the Woodland Trail

From the Japanese garden, we ambled over the gentle rolls of the Japanese footbridge. The Japanese footbridge effortlessly molds itself into the scene while also providing a picturesque spot. The bold red of the design stands out.

The gentle rolling Japanese footbridge at Rotary Botanical Gardens.
The gentle rolling Japanese footbridge provides as spot for introspection.

After traversing the Japanese footbridge, we found ourselves forest bathing along the hilly woodland trail through a cache of leafy trees. We basked in the forest with few people on the trail. Such a fantastic nature escape!

Rambling on the hilly woodland trail.
Rambling on the hilly woodland trail.

Buzzworthy Bees 2020 Garden Art Project

Each year, Rotary Botanic Gardens hosts a Garden Art Project Exhibit showcasing the themed work of local artists. Pieces are displayed in the garden and then auctioned off for a fundraiser. This year's theme focused on bees! Throughout the garden, we discovered delightful bees each uniquely crafted. The buzzy bees were accompanied with facts about the vital pollinators.

Bee-Tastic Bee Art by Adam and Arya Zellmer.
Bee-Tastic by Adam and Arya Zellmer.

I am so thrilled that the Rotary Botanical Gardens drew attention to bees this year because they need our help with numbers declining. Drawing attention to our essential pollinators with interesting and delightful art pieces helps us all garner more appreciation for the role that our bees play.

Whimsical Winnie the Pooh Bee from the Buzzworthy Bees exhibit at Rotary Botanical Gardens.
Whimsical Pooh's Honey Bee by Sam Brickman!

The variety of bee designs charmed us as we ventured through the gardens. The Winnie the Pooh design particularly delighted us and was folded perfectly into the Children's Garden. I also loved Harmonious' design with its own colorful flowers blending with the flowers of the gardens. Buzzworthy Bees will be leaving Rotary Botanical Gardens on September 20 in preparation for the September 24th live auction.

Harmonious by Lucy Mollet.
Harmonious by Lucy Mollet.

Celebrating the Moment at the Pond

The day of our visit was a glorious summer day indeed! We enjoyed pausing at the pond viewing kayakers across the way. A boat launch is located at adjacent Lions Beach. The scenery seemed so idyllic for an afternoon of kayaking!

Kayakers viewed across the pond at Rotary Botanical Gardens.
Kayakers viewed across the pond.

Strolling Through the Stately Gardens

The Italian garden features a number of sculptures that add a bit of formality to the gardens. Admiring the charms of the gardens, one can hardly believe that this location once was a quarry. Through the hard work of Dr. Robert Yahr, Janesville Rotarians, service organizations, businesses and more the quarry transformed into a breathtaking nature oasis.

Charmed by a cherub sculpture in the Italian garden.
Charmed by a cherub sculpture in the Italian Garden.


The formal gardens awe and transport ramblers far from home. Perfectly sculpted gardens awed us. How could you not feel a bit royal walking in these environs?

Vibrant blooms and artistic elements add a little fancy to the garden.
Vibrant blooms and artistic elements add a little fancy to the garden.
Brilliant blooms perfectly positioned add formality
Vibrant blooms perfectly positioned add formality.

An excursion to Rotary Botanical Gardens offers ever changing nature tableaux for year round adventures. With over 4,000 plant varieties represented, colors, patterns and textures constantly change inspiring and dazzling visitors. We enjoyed such a magical excursion exploring the stunning gardens of Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens and look forward to future visits.

For more on Janesville, see my post: A Weekend Full of Art, History, Nature and Foodie Discoveries in Janesville, WI: A Complete Getaway for Couples 

Captivating Nature Tableau at Janesville's Rotary Botanical Gardens






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