The 29 acres of natural and developing space at the Monk Botanical Gardens offers a little something for everyone. You’ll be amazed as you discover this hidden treasure nestled alongside the bustling streets of Wausau, WI.
The Monk Botanical Gardens occupy a 30-acre property on the West Side of Wausau at 1800 N. First Ave. They are named for the family of the late Robert W. Monk, who donated 19 acres of land to develop an outstanding public garden. Officially incorporated as a nonprofit institution in 2003, the Monk Botanical Gardens Cultivates Well-Being In People, Communities, And The Environment With Experiences That Engage, Educate And Inspire.
In 2017 and 2018, an additional 9 acres was purchased through a generous donation from Ruth Schuette, This additional land acquired the total acreage within the fenced area, including Robert Monk's family home and some outbuildings and a 2-acre lot on campus drive.
As Wausau's Happy Place, we host over 60,000 visitors and 10,000 participants in our education and event programs each year. We are the only botanical Garden found in North Central Wisconsin and provide the public with environmental and garden education programs. We host various community events, including Blossom of Lights, held in October each year. We are open year-round.