Posted by:  11:00 AM CST

It’s easy to confuse weather with climate. Weather is the current atmospheric conditions at a given place, whereas climate is the long-term average atmospheric conditions of a given place. Similarly, many people confuse climate change with global warming. Average annual temperatures in much of Wisconsin are already 2? F warmer (more)

Tuesday 5 March 2019
Posted by:  12:57 PM CST

2018 Annual Report

Monday 11 February 2019
Posted by:  10:21 AM CST

So it’s February. Valentine’s season with all its hearts and flowers, chocolate and love notes, pink and red and all very lovely. But what does that have to do with the Monk Botanical Gardens? Well. More than you might think. For one thing, we have our Sweetheart Walk—a snowshoe event—from 6-8 p.m. (more)

Posted by:  9:43 AM CST

The North Central Wisconsin Master Gardener Association is working to develop a shade garden within the Monk Botanical Gardens located in Wausau, WI. In 2018, volunteers worked more than 200 hours to clear over 10,600 sq. ft. of buckthorn, grape vines, and other invasive species to make room for the shade (more)

Monday 26 November 2018
Posted by:  1:38 PM CST

This past spring break I went on a rock climbing trip Devils Lake. I have been rock climbing for many years and love the sport. Although I know there are dangers involved during climbing, I never thought I would witness a deadly tragedy before my own eyes. I have struggled (more)

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)