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Robert W. Monk Public Gardens

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Address: 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau, WI 54401-1922
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21 acres of wooded land and grassy areas being developed into a public...

21 acres of wooded land and grassy areas being developed into a public botanical garden. A long-term project that will eventually include a visitors' center, education structure, gift shop and more, the Gardens currently feature a Memory Plaza, Wildflower Woods, fully accessible Treehouse, and aerated pond. Numerous trails, some marked with distance posts, lead through the property, which can be visited free of charge. A wide variety of trees, many of them memorials, and other colorful plantings dot the landscape. Ideal for walks, meditation, exploration, and events such as weddings, birthday parties, and reunions. A list of Garden events, including regular tours, can be found on the website. The Gardens are a geocaching site.

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Relaxing!

This place continues to grow and add more sites. Great place year round to walk and enjoy nature. Flat ground so easy to navigate for any age. Recently added outdoor kitchen... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tom P
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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191 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place continues to grow and add more sites. Great place year round to walk and enjoy nature. Flat ground so easy to navigate for any age. Recently added outdoor kitchen looks like it would be available to reserve for party or gather. Peaceful place to enjoy being outdoors!

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Thank Tom P
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting. The kitchen has had many uses by Garden groups as well as outside organizations. Small meetings as well. Glad you enjoyed the Gardens. More 

Wausau, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful garden to visit. Easter egg hunt is a very busy happy time. The best part is everyone has a chance to find eggs and all kids get the same prize. It is a not early birds get the best or more.

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Thank Lorraine54403
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

The egg hunt is on despite the loss of some of our tall pines from Sunday's storm. More 

Wausau, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

A nice place to connect with nature, the Monk garden is a relativity new garden so it does not compete with the more established gardens but it still is the best one in Wausau.

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Thank drBric
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely plot of land donated by Robert J Monk. They are working very hard to make it a destination. Which I am convinced they are accomplishing. There are walking paths and a tower to climb up over looking the grounds and pond. There is an outdoor covered kitchen with an edible garden. They offer many activities during... More 

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Ottawa
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1,425 reviews
1,078 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Beautiful and serene, nice place to go for a walk, to relax or enjoy nature. The new outdoor shelter is awesome. The only minus, some of the traces get muddy after a good rain.

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1 Thank thor2705
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

But we need the rain! Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed the visit. Yes, the new Kitchen Garden pavilion will prove very useful going forward. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We enjoyed a leisurely walk through the park soaking in nature, the trees, pond, flowers and gadens. It is still a work in progress and will be gorgeous when finished.

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Thank Janet R
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your walk. Yes, we plan to keep working on the Gardens and complete the master plan eventually. More 

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were looking for a place to take a family member who is mostly limited to home or easy access places. We also wanted to take our smalll dog. This place was a great find. Our family member was able to access most areas with a power chair which put a nice smile on his face. The sign on the... More 

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Thank Relevart99
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Sorry our maps didn't do the trick for you. Did you find the map brochure in the information kiosk as you entered the Gardens? Thanks for your review. More 

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Take your dogs or just walk to enjoy the beauty of the place. Clean, safe and well used. A great place to clear your head. People we met were all friendly

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Thank denisel333
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you can come back often. More 

Mosinee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I promised my 9 and 7 year old grandkids an adventure today. Visiting a "garden" did not sound like an adventure, but they loved very trail, plant and tree. The tree house is very special. Thanks for this very special space

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Thank MACT1045
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks. So happy your grandkids enjoyed it, especially the Treehouse. The Gardens continue to develop and your response to our efforts means a lot. More 

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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Any good gardener will tell you it takes patience to make a beautiful garden. Monk Gardens has made so much progress so far that it's exciting to see what's new every time I visit. The newest addition is the kitchen garden. The building is complete now and has a large counter for talks and demonstrations with innovative seating and includes... More 

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Thank alohagal1949
Monty002, Public Relations Manager at Robert W. Monk Public Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the visit. We plan to dedicate the Kitchen Garden lter this summer. More 

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