Posted by:  9:58 AM CST

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)

Posted by:  11:11 AM CST

Garden Beginning In just a few years, the Monk Botanical Gardens has grown into an exciting community attraction. This year (2018) marks 15 years since the Monk Botanical Gardens was donated by Robert W. Monk. Community volunteers and investors have been building and growing the garden ever since. Today, the Monk (more)

Thursday 4 October 2018
Posted by:  2:45 PM CST

I drove out to the Garden to do an autumn piece. But it was raining--a steady rain falling from a smoke grey sky, no sunny breaks, no wind, just rain. Then I decided to do a piece on the Gardens in the rain. Funny thing about rain—it has a big (more)

Monday 17 September 2018
Posted by:  9:48 AM CST

“I didn’t know you had vineyards up here,” said my friend from Florida as we drove through the Maratha County countryside. “But what are those canopies over the top of the plantings?” “Those aren’t vineyards,” I exclaimed. “It’s ginseng. We’re the largest grower and producer of ginseng in the United States!” My (more)

Monday 30 July 2018
Posted by:  1:37 PM CST

A Warm Welcome At the beginning of the summer each of us interns chose a project that we would oversee and carry out over the summer. My chosen task was to work on the entrance of the gardens to make it a more welcoming place that invites visitors inside. Even though (more)

Posted by:  5:41 AM CST

Walking alongside an elementary schooler, I explained how we have many animals at the garden. I told him we have snakes, turtles, groundhogs, and other animals. Then, I got a little carried away and threw in some animals that we could not possibly ever see here. This bright young lad (more)

Posted by:  9:35 AM CST

Nelson Mandela, universally regarded as a great leader, once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I have done several Community Connection classes since my last blog, where we interact with children from different schools in the garden. It is debatable if (more)

Thursday 28 June 2018
Posted by:  2:28 PM CST

As a student studying wildlife biology, I pay close attention to the animals that I see around the gardens. If a visitor spends time at the gardens and is relatively quiet, he or she may be lucky enough to encounter one of our local critters. Here are a few that (more)

Tuesday 19 June 2018
Posted by:  9:24 AM CST

The word kindergarten was coined by Friedrich Froebel, a german educator during the mid 1800s. Kinder means child and garten means garden. While he strongly believed in a literal garden for children to build a connection with the environment, he also believed in a metaphorical garden relationship between students and (more)

Posted by:  4:14 PM CST

The Monk Botanical Gardens has something for anyone willing to embrace it. As you gaze over the pond, your memory will be flooded with images from a simpler time, where your only worry was catching more fish than Dad. Maybe you experience it as you walk through the (more)