I’ve finally finished the Botanical Gardens in Whitefish Bay, my latest Cities Skylines city. Here is a cinematic video tour of the gardens, followed by screenshots of specific details.
Above: This is an overview of the whole garden. I’m playing on Owl’s Merchant Bay map, and when I started the game I saw this shallow lake and thought it would be perfect for a Botanic Garden, inspired by the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I added the stream coming in from the right in order to add a waterfall, and then a small drainage stream that goes off to the left and connects to a river.
Below: The entrance to the garden in twilight. We will proceed around the main loop in a counter-clockwise path.
Above: I have a train line connection outside the garden which runs in to the city. For the main building, I connected two of the vanilla botanic garden buildings using the Move It! mod. Unfortunately for the garden, the train company refuses to keep the area by the station clear of weeds.
Below: Since this is based on the Chicago Botanic Gardens, I’ve decided that cims would pay to park but not to enter. Hence, I was able to build a path directly from the parking lot in to the garden so visitors can bypass the main building if they want.
Below: The rose garden.
Below: Near the circular gardens is a small fishing pier.
Below: The English Walled Garden.
Below: The “original” botanical gardens. This historic building was the site of the first Whitefish Bay Botanic Garden, which was later expanded into what there is today. Now, the building houses things such as a bonsai plants, ferns, and other things that can’t survive outside in this climate.