5100 West 27th Street

Rotary Arboretum Directions
Rotary Arboretum Map

The Rotary Arboretum was created through funding from the Lawrence Rotary Club, the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club and the Central Rotary Club in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Rotary International in 2005.

Besides trees with identification markers, the arboretum also consists of walking paths, a pergola, a gazebo and a Waterwise Xeriscape Garden.

Xeriscaping is a method of gardening that involves choosing plants which are appropriate to their site and creating a landscape maintained with little supplemental watering. Xeriscaping is not a style or category of garden design; rather it uses common sense guides in developing a garden. With the Xeriscaping method plants are grouped by their water needs, using mulch and drought-tolerant plants to conserve water. It also cuts down on the use of fertilizers and pesticides needed to maintain the garden or landscape appearance.

An inventory of the trees was developed through the department’s use of Treeworks mapping and ESRI story board was developed. To view the information and take the self-guided tour of the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, please visit: http://lawks.us/2xCmOih.

A wonderful view of the arboretum, pergola, Xerscape garden and pond. A small stage is also near the gazebo, as well as a small stream with cascading waterfalls.

The amenities of the park include:

  • Tables and Benches
  • Lights
  • Electricity
  • Trails
  • Parking

The Gazebo at the Rotary Arboretum has a capacity for 6-10 individuals.

The amenities of the shelter include:

  • Tables and or Benches
  • Barbecue grill
  • Benches and or picnic tables
  • Drinking fountain
  • Restrooms

There is an area designated for butterfly habitat in conjunction with Monarch Watch.


Reservations for outdoor shelters and indoor facilities are taken at any of the community recreation centers including the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive and South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Massachusetts St.

See our shelter rentals page for more information on renting these facilities or call 832-7920.