Sisson's Peony Gardens

Sisson's Peony Gardens (HMWNC)

Location: Rosendale, WI 54974 Fond Du Lac County
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N 43° 48.567', W 88° 40.514'

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In 1920 Wilbur Sisson established the first section of his Peony Gardens at this location. In 1929 he hired Jesse Phillips as his assistant and eventual partner to design and build a gateway arch and windmill for the entrance. These structures were completed using stones from the original Rosendale State Bank and Methodist Church. Phillips assumed ownership of the gardens following Sisson's death in 1950.

Jesse and his wife, Marie, expanded the gardens to cover 5 acres and include 2500 varieties of peonies. Sisson's Peony Gardens became a state landmark and was recognized as such by Gov. Warren Knowles in 1968.

Jesse developed several new peonies and three of them are registered with the American Peony Society: the Owen F. Hughes, the Kathryn E. Manuel, and the Tinka Phillips, named for Phillips' grandfather, aunt, and daughter respectively.

The gardens were sold in 1979 and much of the land was used for residential development. In 2005 the surviving Windmill Garden was purchased by James and Emejean Westphal and donated to the Rosendale Historical Society to begin restoration.
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 365259 N 4852073
Decimal Degrees43.80945000, -88.67523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 48.567', W 88° 40.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 48' 34.02" N, 88° 40' 30.84" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 221-291 N Main St, Rosendale WI 54974, US
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