Visiting Rotary Botanical Gardens Janesville WI

Rotary Botanical Gardens Janesville Wisconsin by Flower Chick

Awe-Inspiring Gardens

Visiting the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin is a feast for the senses!  It boggles the mind that this 20 acre paradise was once an abandoned sand and gravel quarry. A retired Janesville orthodontist, Dr. Robert Yahr, had the vision to turn a local eyesore into this award-winning space featuring 26 different garden areas and more than 4,000 plant varieties from around the world. Rotary Botanical Gardens Janesville WI by Flower Chick Take your time and walk through each interesting themed garden including English Cottage style, French Formal, Scottish, Italian, Japanese, a Children’s Garden, a bustling pollinator garden (full of coneflowers, milkweed, lantana, coreopsis, and liatris) plus the garden showcases an extensive collection of hostas, daylillies and ferns.  Beauty everywhere you turn!

Japanese Garden at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville WI by Flower ChickThe Japanese Style Garden

This garden was one of the highlights for me and reflects a well-designed example of the style. It includes the essential elements of stones, which form the structure of the landscape; water, representing a life-giving force; and plants, which provide the color and changes throughout the seasons. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors and bridges.  Don’t rush the experience … pause, reflect, and refresh in the calm setting. Dragonfly sculpture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville by Flower Chick

In 2019, the overall garden theme at the Rotary Public Gardens is a “kaleidoscope of color” in both the entrance garden and terrace garden.  Bright, cheery colors predominate with plenty of interest from both foliage and flowers.  Creative and colorful dragonfly sculptures are peppered throughout the entire garden.  It was hard choosing a favorite as they all were beautiful and colorful!

Plants of the World Collection

Plants of the World Janesville WI by Flower ChickBack by popular demand, this garden space features plants from all around the world. 13 planted beds showcase plants from a certain country. All selections have an informative sign and include a wide range of perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables … all are on display in this engaging garden space. Garden bench Rotary Public Gardens Janesville WI by Flower Chick

Another nice feature of the gardens are the benches with nature / inspirational quotes scattered throughout the park. I enjoy reading them … many make me smile like the one pictured. In addition, another favorite reads: “May flowers always light your path, and sunshine light your day, may songbirds serenade you, every step along the way”.  Ahhh-hhhh …

Janesville Originals

Located about 15 miles north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, Janesville WI is a fun little gem of a city on the Rock River. Often bypassed by those traveling to nearby Madison and points north, Janesville boasts both historic identity and appealing shopping and attractions …

This area is one of our favorite overnight destinations from suburban Spotted Cow at the Turtle Tap in Beloit by Flower ChickChicago. There’s something about crossing a state line to make you feel like you’re “on vacation”! Janesville and neighboring Beloit, just to the south on Route 51 are two small Wisconsin cities that will beckon you back again and again …

Have you tried Pheasant?

Coming into Janesville on 51 from Beloit, you’ll notice a unique destination on your right – MacFarlane Pheasant, a poultry farm that’s the nation’s largest providers of pheasant. In their shopping area in front of the actual farm, you can buy game bird meat in a variety of forms from pheasant breast to eggs to ground pheasant meat for burgers and other recipes … MacFarlane Pheasants Janesville WIThe staff here is happy to answer questions about preparation of pheasant meat, and there’s ample recipe ideas available to take home with you. Pheasant is a very healthy meat alternative, lower in fat than both chicken and turkey and prepared in much the same manner …

Skelly's Farm Market Janesville WI by Flower Chick

We Love Farm Markets!

Nearby just off Route 11 is the wonderful Skellys Farm Market, a working farm best known for their bountiful strawberries. Active from spring through fall, this working farm and farm market offers fresh produce, house baked pies, homemade ice cream, and family activities galore. If you like to pick your own strawberries, there are acres of fields just waiting for you!

Sweet corn, melon, vegetables, peaches, blueberries, and apples are just a few of the types of produce you’ll find here at Skelly’s. Everything is grown at the farm and fresh picked. If you happen to be downtown on Saturday mornings, look for the Skelly’s booth at the Janesville Farmers Market …

Look Great & Spend Less

If you’re in the mood to shop in Janesville, Milton Avenue is your ticket to ride …

Milton Avenue extends from Janesville’s downtown area to the north east side of the city where Interstate 90 rushes by. The city’s largest grouping of stores are found on Milton, including a large shopping mall where you’ll find the big national chains …

We’re more the independent small business types though, and luckily these gems are plentiful along Milton. Two of our favorites are women’s clothing consignment shops we’ve visited several times, always finding brand name clothing at dime on the dollar prices …

Castaways Thrift Store Janesville WIThe first is near downtown. Castaways is located in a nondescript brick one story building on the east side of the street, camouflaging the many great finds inside. Women’s and men’s gently used clothing, housewares, and more are on display here and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll find a bargain you can’t live without.

On this shopping trip, I happened upon several goodies including an Ann Taylor silk blouse (new with tags) for $6 and Banana Republic shorts for $4.  Flower Chick loves a bargain!!

Further north on Milton are two shops located right next to one another. One is an upscale women’s consignment shop called Threads and the other is a small independent bookstore, Book World.  Threads has a vast selection of gently used clothes at low prices. I picked up a cute J. Crew dress, Clarks sandals, and a Chico’s jacket … all for under $25 total. This is why I love women’s resale stores!  The thrill of the hunt!

Book World Janesville Wisconsin by Flower Chick

Love Books??

Book World is Janesville’s local book store, complete with an interesting local author section and other titles of all sorts. In business since 1986, Book World is very supportive of local authors and is well known for hosting local author book signings. Stop in and support America’s independent book sellers!  While you’re shopping say “hi” to Oscar the bookstore feline greeter …

There’s a lot to enjoy in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Rotary Botanical Gardens (don’t forget your camera!) and while you’re in the area … check out a few of our favorite spots highlighted above.

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Rotary Botanical Gardens Janesville Wisconsin by Flower Chick