This time, however, he enjoyed the gardens as much if not more than I did. He was impressed by how much they could fit into a small space, only about 20 acres. The best part was as a non-profit location they have sponsorships of various types. Most obviously the benches. Yet what a perfectly appropriate and tasteful way to accomplish it. Each bench has a garden theme saying carved into it! They were fun to find, enjoyable to read and perfect placed for taking a seat to enjoy the views.
I loved that this place was open on a holiday! We arrived just as it opened so we could see all of it and ended up staying longer than planned. As you exit the visitor center you enter the formal garden.
This just happened to be where the Herb Gardens were located. Maintained by the Janesville Area Herb Society, there are three different herb gardens. A Sensory Garden, a Medicinal Garden and Culinary Garden. Each had a somewhat formal design and center statue, but the herbs used and presented had nice variety.
|The Sensory Garden - see the clay tiles, they each held a scented herb.|
|Culinary Herb Garden|
There is a lake off to one edge of the Rotary Botanic Gardens that has a public boat launch, so there were a few people out with canoes and kayaks in the water.
The "Cliff" garden I think this was called had a striking assortment of plants among rocks.
One of the special features of the Rotary Botanic Gardens is the transitions. You never feel hurried from one garden to another and most special, the transitions are never abrupt. You just move from one garden to another with relaxing ease. The decorative features are picturesque and I had to have my Kodak moment on the crooked bridge.
|One of several water features|
|Idea garden with sculptures in the background|
|A planted bench in the Highland Garden. That red dot is my traveling stuffed lady bug. She is a photo hog!|
|Camperdown Elm which was arched over the walkway|
|My husband even fit under the arch!|