Robert W. Monk III has donated over 20 acres of his land to
UW-Marathon County to help them establish a botanical garden.
Monk's property sits on the north side of town. The area will
include an enabling garden for kids with disabilities, a butterfly
garden, and an enclosed glass plant gallery.
say when an old man plants a tree, you don't do it for
yourself; you do it for someone else," says Monk.
garden plans have been completed by Marshall Tyler Rauch
of Pittsburgh, PA, and adopted by the garden board of
directors and are presently being implemented.
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Fri, Jan 7, 2005
Monk Gardens grows closer to reality
Wausau Daily Herald
Wausau botanical garden that someday might include a glass-enclosed plant gallery,
coffee house and garden plots accessible to people with disabilities, is one
large step closer to reality.
Landowner Robert Monk, 86,
last week turned over a little more than 21 acres of his property on the north
side of Wausau to a nonprofit group devoted to developing the project.
and officials at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County have been working
since May 2001 toward the establishment of botanical gardens on his property.
group organized to make that happen, called Robert W. Monk Gardens Inc., will
celebrate the land transfer Wednesday with a presentation at the University
of Wisconsin Marathon County.
"We have something tangible
now that we can discuss in our fund-raising process," said Wayne Geurink, president
of the Robert W. Monk Gardens board of directors. "Right now we're
feeling awfully good about things."
The group already
is in the planning process, and hired a Pittsburgh landscape architectural
firm, Marshall, Tyler, Rausch. The firm is designing a master plan and developing
a business plan for the botanical garden.
expect to have a draft of the first phase of the plan in hand by the end of
Monk said he decided to officially turn
the land over to Robert W. Monk Gardens Inc. because the group cleared significant
hurdles toward establishing the gardens.
"I decided they've
made enough progress now, they should have title to the property," Monk said. "I
think this is a start. I look at this as a start."
Zeyghami, the vice president of the gardens' board of directors, said the
gardens could be used for a variety of purposes but will have a primary goal
of giving people a hands-on place to learn about plants.
are lot of people interested in those kinds of things," Zeyghami
said. "It will be used as an educational tool, for high schools,
for the university. That's the best part in my mind."
Dean Jim Veninga said that with Monk's property donation "everything
is really now set ... for this project to move forward."
said the beauty of the project is that it can be built gradually.
don't have to have everything done at once for it to be viable and useful," Veninga