A Year of Growth! The last year was another memorable one for the Monk Botanical Gardens. We had another successful year of programming, welcoming many people making their first visit to the Gardens, as well as welcoming back many friends who have enjoyed the Gardens before. We are proud to be able to offer such a variety of programs and events that appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
We could not do any of this without the generosity of our donors and members and the devotion of our volunteers. We continue to be awed by the wonderful gift from Ruth Schuette, which allowed us to purchase the land where the Robert and Carol Monk home is located, along with the land outside of our entrance on Campus Drive. We had always hoped this land would eventually become part of the Gardens, and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to incorporate that property into our future planning.
Speaking of future planning, we are well into the process of updating our Master Plan, which was created in 2005. Please watch for details on how you can become involved in helping us revise this important piece of the Gardens’ future. THANK YOU for enabling us to enter the new year on a firm financial footing. As you know, we were able to hire our first executive director, Darcie Howard, two years ago, and Darcie has assembled a staff of creative and talented individuals who are constantly thinking of ways to involve the community in the Gardens and the Gardens in the community.
I am privileged to serve as the current president of the board of directors of the Gardens, and I am humbled to be part of something that was built on the efforts of all of our past presidents and board members that turned a dream into a reality. Our board and staff are ready to carry on that vision, and to ensure that we keep striving toward our mission of being “a premier botanical garden, providing opportunities to experience plants and understand their significance”. And, again, THANK YOU for all you do to make the Gardens an integral part of our community!
See you in the Gardens,
Bob Reinterson, Board Pesident