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Rosendale in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sissonís Peony Gardens

 
 
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Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
1. Sissonís Peony Gardens Marker
Inscription.  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 Sissonís death in 1950.

Jesse and his wife, Marie, expanded the gardens to cover 5 acres and include 2500 varieties of peonies. Sissonís 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 Phillipsí 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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listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 43° 48.567′ N, 88° 40.514′ W. Marker is in Rosendale, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker is on North Main Street (State Highway 26) 0.1 miles north of Wisconsin Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rosendale WI 54974, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Raube Road Site (approx. 6.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Ripon (approx. 8.4 miles away); Birthplace of Republican Party (approx. 8.4 miles away); Birthplace of the Republican Party (approx. 8.4 miles away); 401 Watson Street (approx. 8Ĺ miles away); Ripon College (approx. 8.6 miles away); First Congregational Church of Ripon (approx. 8.6 miles away); Ceresco (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
Sissonís Peony Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
2. Sissonís Peony Gardens Marker
marker and windmill
Sissonís Peony Gardens Stone Gateway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
3. Sissonís Peony Gardens Stone Gateway
Sissonís Peony Gardens image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
4. Sissonís Peony Gardens
Jesse Phillips image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
5. Jesse Phillips
photo in upper right hand corner
Tinka Phillips image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
6. Tinka Phillips
photo from upper right hand corner
Sissonís Peony Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
7. Sissonís Peony Gardens Marker
National Register Plaque on Windmill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
8. National Register Plaque on Windmill
Map from lower right hand corner image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
9. Map from lower right hand corner
Clsoe up from lower left hand corner image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 5, 2011
10. Clsoe up from lower left hand corner
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 877 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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