Enjoy the tranquility of the gardens alongside Lake Decatur with a visit to the Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden. Built in 1927, the garden was completely renovated in 1992. Today, the area is home to stately cypress trees that provide shade for a variety of flowering plants nestled among the boulders. A beautiful waterfall was built and dedicated in 2006. The Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden, located in Nelson Park, is open from 7:30 a.m. until dusk in season.
This beautiful Chinese-inspired garden was built by Guy and Rose Scovill in the 1920′s and ’30s. In 1948, the Scovill Family deeded their farm to the Decatur Park District. Today, the gardens also feature the Wikoff Oriental Garden Terrace. Located in Scovill Park (71 S. Country Club Rd.), the gardens are open from 7:30 until dusk in season.
Located in Sportsman’s Park, the Schaub Floral Display Center & Greenhouse features beautiful seasonal plantings throughout the year. During the month of December, rustic pines and cheerful poinsettias brighten the center for the holiday season. In spring and summer, displays feature tulips, daffodils, flowering shrubs and plants. The Schaub Floral Display Center is open daily from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is located in Sportsman’s Park, 3415 E. Lost Bridge Road.
The horticulture center and greenhouse were made possible through grants and a generous gift from the former Lindsay-Schaub newspapers, along with Robert D. Schaub. Robert’s grandfather, Howard C. Schaub, was the first president of the Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners. For more information about the center, including volunteer opportunities, please call 421-7550.
Rows of annual flowers greet visitors to Scovill Park in the Gazebo Garden. The flowers bloom from May 1st through the season’s first frost. Situated amongs towering trees and beautiful flower beds, the gazebo is a popular site for weddings. Call 217-421-7436 for information about reserving the gazebo.
Fee is $150 based upon a 4-hour rental
Rental Times: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 5 – 9 p.m.
The beautiful rose garden in Fairview Park has benefited from the generosity of the Morey family. Horticulture staff has renovated and restored the garden that now includes roses, low hedges, and a variety of Ball Seed Company flowers cultivated at the Schaub Floral Display Center greenhouse.