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    The cause of connecting people to nature through transformative garden experiences, needs you.

  • Programs & Events

    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, gazebo 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.

  • Volunteer Today!

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

 

Welcome to Monk Botanical Gardens


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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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Vining Plants

Vining Plants

Do you have an area in your garden that could use a little pick-me-up? Vining perennials could be what you have been looking for. Climbing plants can create a new dimension to your landscapes. Get out your arbors, obelisks and trellises, its time to plant some vines! Some common vining plants (more)

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