GETTING STARTED AT Rotary Botanical Gardens

Located on Palmer Drive, Rotary Botanical Gardens is conveniently located minutes away from the highway. it’s also very close to the awesome Camden Playground! Parking was plentiful.

Feed the koi fish

After grabbing a map and using the bathrooms (none available around the gardens), we bought fish food for $1 at the Visitor Center. With one bag in hand we were off to find the Koi Pond. Let me tell you – they are humongous! The kids had so much fun feeding them – best $1 ever!

Note: They sell a limited number of food so that guests do not overfeed the koi fish.

Sit Down and Relax

The Rotary Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to sit down and relax. Seats can be found throughout the garden, many offering a beautiful view. The colorful Adirondack chairs by the (lake) were the perfect addition next to weeping willow.

Walk through the Japanese Gardens

There is an immediate calm that comes with Japanese gardens and the Rotary Botanical Gardens was no different. With bridges, waterfalls, a small structure, and little nooks and crannies, these Japanese Gardens were definitely the highlight of my visit.

Terrific Turtles

There was a temporary exhibit featuring “Except Antarctica” by Tedd Sturgell. Turtles were scattered throughout the gardens and you could try to find them all. There is an adorable section of the garden bringing parts of the book to life. Super adorable!

TIPS TO ENJOY Rotary Botanical Gardens

  • Use bathrooms at the Visitor Center before exploring the garden.
  • Buy fish food at the Visitor Center for the koi fish.
  • Coming on a hot day? The garden offers plenty of shade to stay cool.
  • Try to read “Except Antarctica” before your visit. Would make for a fun learning experience!

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF Rotary Botanical Gardens

What a wonderful garden! If you area in the area, I highly recommend a visit here with the family.


Address: 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI 53545
Cost: $9/adult; $5 youth; free for reciprocal members of the American Horticultural Society
Bathrooms: Located at the Visitor Center

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