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Stop and Smell the Peonies in Rosendale


We were on our way to Algoma, and our Garmin led us through Rosendale in Fon du Lac county.. Be VERY careful with your speed, cops are known for pulling you over and giving tickets if you are as little as 1 mph over limit. We had no problems.

Rosendale sign

Right across from the sign is a unique structure made of Lake Michigan Stones, completed in 1924.

Lake Michigan Stones Marker by August H. Bluemke

What really made us stop was the view on our left, Sisson’s Peony Gardens.  The structures in the garden were constructed between 1928-30.  Wilbur Sisson retired in Rosendale in 1918 and began to build this beautiful sanctuary which began to attract people from miles around.  Its now listed as a Wisconsin Historic Site.  The peonies were not in bloom by the time we saw it, but maybe next year. In early June the town celebrates “Peony Sunday”

Sisson's Peony Gardens in Rosendale Sisson's Peony Garden Stone Entrance

Peony Garden sign

Stone Windmill

A view of the gardens behind the windmill.

Sisson's Peony Gardens view

In the far back is a beautiful gazebo.


We plan on coming back here next year, hopefully during their Peony Sunday festival.



We did make it back, but a little too late for the festival. There were still flowers blooming, unlike the visit last August.

Sisson Peony Garden in June


Peony Collage