what is admission price
Suitable for elderly persons?
Easy to walk, places to sit and rest?
Any form of transportation?
There are many places to sit throughout the gardens as well as some seating inside the building near the Cottage Garden Gallery gift shop. Most paths are level and easy to navigate. Admission is $7.00 unless you are a member from another garden.
Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for Seniors. Definitely suitable for an elderly person, same as above easy walk with benches to sit, with parking close by and a place to drop off if needed.
Admission for seniors is $6, unless you have a military ID, then it is $5. Since you are listed as from Rockford, if you are a member at Anderson Japanese Garden, Klein Arboretum, Sinnisippi Gardens, or Nicholas Conservatory, they may participate in the botanical gardens reciprocity program. I'm not sure which ones are on the membership list.
Most of the paths are fairly level and suitable for elderly. Yes, there are quite a few benches and adirondack chairs throughout the Gardens where one can rest if desired or needed.
You may want to check pictures on the rotary botanical gardens organization site.
The gardens are set up so you don't have to visit all the individual gardens. So walk as little or as much as you can. Benches are plentiful. They also have a nice gift shop, you don't want to miss. When you are sitting, you can enjoy the beauty of the area.
Elderly people would enjoy this very much. we pushed a stroller so I am sure you could push a wheelchair. Benches are available for sitting on to rest as well as to enjoy the plants. They have a large parking lot adjacent.
I concur with others on senior discounts ($6 entry in 2017 for seniors) and some reciprocity for members of other gardens around the country. My parents (aged 77 and 84) live in Janesville, and I visit from Colorado. I've used my Denver Botanical Gardens membership to gain discounted entry on several occasions.
As far as mobility for seniors, I would agree that there are several paths that are flat, easy, and great for a range of ages and interests. However, my father--whose balance is not perfect--has tripped on some inclines and path edges, so I always encourage him to bring his cane, take my arm if he's getting tired, and stay on the paths. He does have occasion to get adventurous and go "off-roading"--he gets excited and loves this place--and there are plenty of places to do that as well at Rotary Gardens.
At Christmas this last year, I took my parents to see the Rotary Gardens holiday light display, and we had a good experience, despite evening darkness and icy patches. Rotary Gardens does offer wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis, and we used a wheelchair for my mother who usually uses a walker. It worked well, and we had a very enjoyable outing!
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