Visiting Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin

It’s hard to imagine what the area would have looked like before the creation of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin.  30 years ago the site was a disused quarry and BMX track but thanks to the creative vision of Dr. Robert Yahr, a local orthodontist, the old quarry is now 24 different styles of international gardens spanning across 20 acres!

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Visiting the Dubuque Arboretum in Iowa

The first time I visited the Dubuque Arboretum was in November,  I was hoping to catch it before the ‘end of the season’.  There’s a public garden back in my home town in the UK and it’s one of my favourite places so I couldn’t wait to see how the Arboretum compared.  But I was too late!  The day I visited was the first volunteering day of the ‘winterisation process’.  Basically they dig up all the plants and store them in a green house for the winter months so they don’t die!  I have since been back several times during the year to enjoy it in its full glory!

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