Rotary Botanical Gardens at Janesville, WI.

Rotary Botanical Gardens at Janesville, WI.

Rotary Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) Japanese Garden was designed and built by Petranek Brothers Landscaping (Milton, WI) in 1989. Originally positioned on the west edge of an old sand and gravel quarry, this garden was one of the first built when RBG was founded. This contemplative setting is designed to offer a view to the adjacent pond and create an immersive experience. Features include gates, fences, a dry gravel see, stones, a waterfall, stream and many Japanese lanterns and other elements.

Kumamoto En  熊本園

Kumamoto En 熊本園

The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).

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