Monday, September 23, 2013

A Visit to Rotary Botanic Gardens

Last Wednesday my friend and fellow plant geek Jess and I traveled to Rotary Botanic Gardens in Janesville, WI.  While she'd been there a number of times, this was my first time.  I was thoroughly impressed at how great the gardens looked, even this late in the season.  I'm not putting a lot of words into this one, just LOTS of images:

I was super excited to see Colocasia 'Black Coral' in person

Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies' looking great!

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' has been on my wishlist for awhile.

Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists'

Phlox 'Betty Blake'

Taxodium ascendens 'Debonair'

Hosta 'Guardian Angel'

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'

Acer pseudoplatanus 'Variegata'

'Lacinato' Kale

Lycoris - either radiata or sanguinea

Ammobium alatum 'Bikini'

Basil 'Pasta Perpetuo' hedge

Pennisetum 'Ginger Love' is now on the wishlist.

Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist'

An unknown variegated shrub.  Nope I couldn't ID it, but it's probably one of those easy things.

Another Acer pseudoplatanus 'Variegata'

Acer pseudosieboldianum

Acer pseudosieboldianum

Experimenting with pallet walls.  I don't like the Gaillardia, at least not by itself.  I may try this concept.

Gaillardia 'Punch Bowl' I think this one is an annual

Zinnias were covered with mildew, but the flowers were still beautiful.

Neat culvert planters.

Petunia Sophistica Blackberry

A number of Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade' were in the garden

Taxodium distichum

Zelkova serrata 'Variegata'

Pennisetum 'Cherry Sparkler'

Pepper 'Purple Flash'

Sambucus nigra 'Linearis'

Sambucus nigra 'Linearis'

Emilia japonica 'Irish Poet'

Heuchera 'Big Top Gold'

One of the COOLEST Amaranth plants ever echoed the following sculpture

After we were done at Rotary, we headed to Stoughton to do some shopping at The Flower Factory.  We ran into Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens who was also doing some shopping and had a short chat.  No pictures, but a few things followed me home:
Achillea ageratifolia
Achillea x wilczeckii
Chelonopsis yagiharana
Clematis hexapetala 'Mongolian Stars'
Iris sauveolens
Liatris microcephala
Oxalis crassipes
Rabdosia longituba
Salvia pachyphylla


  1. I've visited and enjoyed Rotary Gardens numerous times but never in the fall. You've captured some very interesting plants in this post. Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' was of special interest to me as I have it on my list of wants for next spring. I really love the enthusiasm and desire to experiment which is obvious throughout the gardens! Larry

    1. Thanks Larry! I've seen 'Mini Twists' on a number of occasions and always think I need to add it to my gardens and then forget all about it until the next time I see it. It's a really cool pine. Although I'm a perennial grower and not an annual grower, I LOVE gardens with annual heavy themes and plantings, especially when they're used in new ways. It always makes me wish I had the budget for larger and more diverse annual plantings.

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