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    Do you love the Gardens and want to give back? We have volunteer opportunities for all interests and skills.

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    We offer a variety of environmental education opportunities, programs and events for all ages.

  • Weddings & Rentals

    Gorgeous grounds, fully functional outdoor kitchen with brick oven, and a Treehouse all provide a wonderful place for your next event. The Gardens is the perfect place for your wedding, family reunion, a child's birthday party or corporate outing.

A Unique Master Plan

The Monk Botanical Gardens will greatly enrich the communities of central Wisconsin. With your help we are creating a one-of-a-kind environment where all will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of unique gardens, take advantage of educational opportunities designed to enhance the mind and the body, and spend time with family, friends and neighbors. The thoughtfully designed Garden plan will allow visitors to enjoy the grounds from the earliest stages of their creation.

A Unified Vision.

Our members, donors and volunteers plant the seeds for an outstanding public garden with a strong educational and community emphasis. Your in-kind and monetary generosity are invaluable to the Gardens’growth and success! To make a direct donation please send a check payable to:

Monk Botanical Gardens
518 S. 7th Avenue,
Wausau, WI 54401

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The Monk Botanical Gardens

In just a few short years, the Monk Botanical Gardens has grown into an exciting community attraction. “I can remember going to a planning meeting there with a guest garden design consultant in 2010, ” says a former board member. “We sat on the grass; there was literally nothing there.”

Not so today. Visitors to the Gardens can relax in the contemplative environment of the Memory Garden and Memorial Plaza, climb the magnificent Treehouse, bring lunch and enjoy it under the roof at the “Potager” pavilion in the Kitchen Garden, view unusual plantings in the Meditation Garden, and explore the foot trails that wind through the fields and woods, and border the pond.

These features are just the start of what in time will be one of the most picturesque botanical gardens in the region, if not the state. And it’s all because of volunteers and donors—who have pitched in with expertise and funds to grow the Gardens to their present state.

Located at 1800 N. First Ave. on Wausau’s west side, on 30 acres, 21 acres generously donated by the Robert W. Monk family, the Gardens have become an urban sanctuary for education, appreciation of our environment, relaxation and recreation. “What an absolutely awesome place…a magical escape into nature…” wrote one visitor on Facebook recently.

  • See our classes and programs for adults and children at our programs page
  • Learn more about the specific Gardens and special features by going to the Visit section.
  • Find out how to volunteer, become a member, or donate at the Get Involved section.

Most of all…come out for a pleasant adventure through the Monk Botanical gardens!

Our Vision: Connect people to plants for a sustainable future.

Our Mission:  The Monk Botanical Gardens is seeking to be a premier botanical garden, providing opportunities to experience plants and understand their significance.

We are a 501(c)(3) Organization

The Monk Botanical Gardens operates a public botanical garden and provides associated educational, recreational, and social activities for the region.

Voted One of the Best Things to See and Do in Wausau, WI

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Have you checked out our Kaleidoscope lately?

Have you checked out our Kaleidoscope lately?

Maybe you have seen that gyroscope-looking sculpture in the southeast corner of our Wildflower Woods area and wondered what is was. It is our Garden Kaleidoscope and it is the only one in about a hundred-mile radius. It was installed in September, 2017 and was built by Robert Anderson of (more)
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