Luminary Garden Walk
Join us for an evening stroll through the Gardens. You must register. Reserve your arrival time here. Can't attend? Donate!
Please note: tickets are required to attend this event.
$2 per person, FREE for kids 2 and under; FREE for Monk Botanical Garden Members; Bring your family and friends (dogs are also welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit walk through the Gardens ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can enjoy a bonfire and hot chocolate. Bring your own marshmallows and sticks to roast over the campfire. Whitewater Music Hall Beer will be available for purchase. Cash only. Masks required. Social distancing between yourself and anyone outside of your group is required. Help us spread out the crowds for the first Luminary Gardens Walk of fall, and sign up for the time you'll be arriving! Please arrive to start your walk during the 15-minute time block you choose. The full walk is less than one mile.
1800 N 1st Ave
1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau, WI 54401, USA
An Urban Oasis. This is how Monk Botanical Gardens has been described by community members. Nestled in the north end of Wausau, the Gardens is the first and only botanical garden in Central Wisconsin. In 2004, Robert W. Monk, a local realtor and community leader, donated 19 acres to be developed as a botanical garden that would be committed to providing the Wausau community with a beautiful and serene green space, educational engagement, and a celebration of our connection with the natural environment. Since then a group of committed volunteers has worked tirelessly to make Mr. Monk’s vision a reality.
Today at Monk Botanical Gardens you will find a multitude of established gardens perfect for strolling through on a warm spring day. Our gardens include a Memorial, Wildflower Woods, and a Meditation garden. Want to find a place where your children can run, play, and learn? Bring them to our accessible Treehouse for an afternoon reading, or walk through our kitchen demonstration garden and learn how to grow vegetables and herbs. Looking for the perfect spot to have a family gathering? Our Kitchen potager has everything you need including an outdoor brick oven, stovetop, and picnic tables. Our trail system will provide plenty of walking space for you, your dog, or your family.
The 30 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 Gardens truly is an ever-changing, inspirational experience where you can lose yourself in the beauty of nature.