Hsu Growing Supply to sponsor Kitchen Garden operations at Monk Botanical Gardens.


Hsu Growing Supply will be the official sponsor of the operation of the new Kitchen Garden at the Monk Botanical Gardens, both organizations announced today.

The Wausau-based supplier of compost, soils, mulch and growing supplies will provide planting medium, landscaping services, educational programs and equipment for the Kitchen Garden--scheduled to open this summer and featuring locally grown herbs, vegetables, and fruits. The agreement runs through 2020.

“We are extremely grateful,” said Linda Grilley, president of the Monk Botanical Garden board of directors. “Hsu Growing Supply has been very helpful as we have developed the Gardens. This generous sponsorship will enable us to operate a first-class, educational venue for people of all ages to learn about vegetables, fruits and herbs from seed to table. Hsu organic-based and sustainable growing supplies and high quality composts and soil blends completely complement our efforts.”

“We are really excited to sponsor the Kitchen Garden at Monk Botanical Garden for the next few years and assist in the development of the physical space and programming,” said Will Hsu of Hsu Growing Supply. “Having this type of attraction is important to Central Wisconsin and local tourism, especially in light of the upcoming International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival planned for September, 2017. We are proud to partner with Monk Botanical Garden and promote public green spaces, our local agriculture and food ecosystem for the benefit of all of us who live and work in this community.”

Hsu Growing Supply is located at T6500 County Rd. W, Wausau, and is a division of Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises. The company’s soil and compost products have obtained the United States Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance, and a 100 percent bio-based certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biopreferred program. The products are used widely by gardeners, horticulturists, and greenhouses throughout the Midwest.

The Monk Botanical Gardens occupy 21 acres at the end of N. First Ave. on Wausau’s west side and are North Central Wisconsin’s only botanical garden designed to connect people with the natural environment. Along with the new Kitchen Garden and Potager, the site includes an accessible Treehouse, Meditation Garden, Memory Plaza, Wildflower Woods, Pond, and event lawn, with more developments in the planning stages.

The Kitchen Garden features a “Potager” (Kitchen Garden Pavilion) with full kitchen and gathering area, as well as raised beds for planting various herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Cooking demonstrations are



HSU's Compost Donation


Grounds  chair Anne Kiefer and horticulturist Wes Ebert love the compost donated by Hsu's for use in the new Meditation Garden

New Tractor at the Gardens! 

The Monk Gardens recently received a new Kubota tractor - a generous gift from John Dudley, shown here at the controls. Staff horticulturist Wes Ebert and grounds chair Anne Kieffer report the tractor has already helped move yards of earth for the formation of the new Meditation Garden. Thanks, John!

Donate! Your contributions will help make the Robert W. Monk Gardens a dream come true.

Special thanks to the following organizations for recent generous support of the Gardens:

Hsu's Compost and Soil
Revi Design
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Public Servic
Sun Printing
Q89 Radio

There are many ways to make a donation to the Gardens:

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Donate by mail

Contributions can be mailed to the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, 500 First St., Suite 2600, Wausau, WI 54403, earmarked for the Robert W. Monk Wildflowers Memory Garden Fund

Or mail donations directly to the Robert W. Monk Gardens at 518 South Seventh Ave., Wausau, WI 54401 (715-261-6309)