The Monk Botanical Gardens: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where are the Monk Botanical Gardens? At the end of North First Avenue on Wausau’s West side, near the intersection of North First Avenue and Campus Drive. The site address is 1800 N. First Ave.
  2. How did the Gardens come into being? The land was donated in 2003 by the Robert W. Monk family, who had the vision of a community botanical garden.
  3. How big are the Gardens? Just under 30 acres.
  4. What’s there? Several finished themed gardens, a kitchen garden, potager, treehouse, and a mile of accessible trails. We also offer a variety of programs and events for all ages.
  5. How do the Gardens benefit the quality of life in community? As phases of the Gardens are completed, they are an ideal venue for educating students, youth, and adults alike about plants, nature and the environment. The Gardens are a great place for family visits, picnics, and other gatherings. In addition, the Gardens continue to draw people to the Wausau area, and are one of the highlights of their visit here.
  6. When are the Gardens open?  Every day March 15th-September 30th 7am-7pm and October 1st-March 14th 7:30am-4:30pm.  We occasionally close for events so please check our Facebook page for updates.
  7. There is a gate and a fence. How do I get in?  The door with the "Enter" sign on it will be unlocked during our open hours, simply turn the handle and pull to open.  This door automatically locks during our closed hours.  You are welcome to visit any day of the week to snowshoe, cross country ski, walk, run, or just enjoy the gardens.   No biking. 
  8. Is there an admission fee? No.  Admission is always free but donations (suggested $5 ea.) are appreciated.
  9. How are the Gardens managed? The Garden’s Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors is responsible for managing the garden and helping the community realize the dream of a first-rate botanical garden in Central Wisconsin.
  10. How can I participate or support the Gardens? In many ways. We need volunteers to help staff at our events, maintain the garden grounds, and support our community workdays. Many folks belong as members, their dues helping us with operating expenses. Others serve on our various committees. Contributions from area foundations and businesses, individuals and families, are helping us meet our capital needs as we develop the Gardens. Visit our donation, volunteer, or membership pages to learn more.
  11. Are the trails accessible?  Most of our trails are accessible via wheelchair.  We have many benches along all trails to rest and recover.