Monday 30 March 2020

As long as I can remember, collecting pussy willow branches for spring decoration has been a tradition in my family. To this day, I scout the ditches on our family’s property for budding pussy willows. Once I see the first sight of those silvery buds, I call my Grandma and (more)

Wednesday 18 March 2020

As the snow continues to melt, our landscapes start to wake up from hibernation. You may be thinking of ways to get into your gardens, and how you could get a head start on your summer projects. With abundant sunshine and warmer temperatures, we can start digging around in our (more)

Thursday 5 March 2020

As a little girl, I was always itching to get into the gardens. Whether it was collecting blossoms from perennials growing in the yard, exploring the woods, or harvesting vegetables from the garden, I had my dirt-covered fingers in it. I grew up in Mosinee, Wisconsin, observing the surrounding landscapes (more)

Monday 25 November 2019
Posted by:  11:53 AM CST

It’s a brisk, slightly foggy morning as my five-year-old self grabs her jacket and runs out the door to “help” my father cut wood. I am just heading straight for the ankle-deep stream that flows through the eight acres of forest behind my home. I sit at my favorite spot (more)

Posted by:  10:29 AM CST

We’ve gotten a few questions lately about where all of our frogs, toads, and turtles go for the winter. While you can’t see them at the garden now, they’re still here! Turtles, like our painted turtles and the baby snapping turtles that hatched this fall, go dormant over the winter. Since (more)

Posted by:  2:40 PM CST

Our own little Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) in the Meditation Garden lost all of its leaves today! To celebrate this beautiful tree, check out these amazing facts. Ginkgos are as old as the dinosaurs. Ginkgos are sometimes called a “living fossil” because they are extremely old yet have changed very little over (more)

Posted by:  1:51 PM CST

If you missed Brad Herrick’s talk last week about jumping worms, here’s a few ways he mentioned to help slow the spread of this invasive species. First and foremost, be aware and communicate. Know the signs of jumping worms, and keep your eyes peeled for those signs in your gardens and local (more)

Posted by:  1:45 PM CST

Hue Yang will be the first to tell you he is not a gardener. “ I was worried about the size of the garden plot you were giving us, but my mom, who has been gardening her whole life, said this [plot] is not big enough,” he laughed. Hue Yang, (more)

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Much to the dismay of local gardeners, a new invasive species known as jumping worms has recently been detected in Wausau. Jumping worms are a type of earthworm that is native to Asia. They most likely arrived in the United States in the late 1800s in soil that was imported (more)

Tuesday 1 October 2019
Posted by:  10:15 AM CST

Wondering what's blooming at Monk Gardens this week?  Here's all the flowers you can find right now!