Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society Special Events

Art Fair in the Gardens

July 14, 2016

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Musicians performing:
11:30 am to 4:00 pm • Carlos Quinche - upper gardens playing native flutes

Evening in the Gardens

Information to come at later date

Open to the public.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Music in the Gardens

Alternating Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

June 14  •  Granite City Brass
June 28  •  Adam Hammer & Dave Coffell
July 12  •  Twin Cities Trio
July 26  •  Laura Cavianni "Memorial Release of the Butterflies" by Quiet Oaks Hospice House
August 9  •  Dennis Warner - Rescheduled for August 30th 
August 23  •  Monday Night Jazz

Tentative schedule may be subjected to change.

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Photography in the Gardens

Photography contest accepting entries beginning January through October.

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Art Fair in the Gardens


Annual Art Fair in the Gardens

Each summer, Munsinger and Clemens Gardens hosts an art fair featuring artists from all around the state.  Visitors are encouraged to browse and purchase some wonderful pieces of artwork from 45-plus artists.  Also enjoy the music provided in different areas among the flowers along with food and beverages.

Tenth Annual Art Fair in the Gardens will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public at Riverside Drive SE, St Cloud Minnesota


Musicians performing to be determined

11:30 am to 4:00 pm • Carlos Quinche - upper gardens playing native flutes


For more information about exhibiting in this juried event send photos of your art work to the
art fair committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  



Music in the Gardens

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The public success of these professional concerts has been gratifying, and the series continues to showcase high quality local talent. All concerts are held on alternating Sundays at 3:00 p.m. near the Gazebo in Munsinger Gardens on the banks of the Mississippi River. All concerts are free and the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society will again sell those fabulous $1 root beer floats.

2015 • 16th Season

June 14 •  Granite City Brass                

June 28  •  Adam Hammer and Dave Coffell

July 12  •  Twin Cities Trio (woodwind trio)

July 26  •  Laura Cavianni   -  "Memorial Release of the Butterflies" event, see below for more details.

August 9  •  Dennis Warner - Rescheduled for August 30, 2015

August 23  •  Monday Night Jazz

         Programs are subject to change.

  * Memorial Release of the Butterflies schedule is:

  • 2:00 pm: Butterflies will be distributed at the Gazebo in Musinger Gardens
  • 2:30 pm: Short Program and Release of Butterflies (Butterflies may be purchased for $20/each online at
  • 3:00 pm: Concert begins
  • The Memorial Release of the Butterflies is a collaborative event between Quiet Oaks Hospice House, Musinger Clemens Botanical Society, St Cloud Symphony Orchestra and local hospice agencies. 
  • Schedule may be subjected to change. 
  • This activity is made possible by a grant from Central MN Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Root Beer Floats:

Root beer floats have become a delicious tradition at this event!  We'd like to thank the following companies for their generous and refreshing donations over the years:

  • Kemps
  • Bernick’s
  • Dairy Queen on 25th
  • Mr. Twisty
  • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • Coborn’s
  • Strategic Equipment

Financial and in-kind support by:

  • Ken and Donna Gorrell
  • St Cloud School District 742 InnStep Program
  • St Cloud Symphony
  • Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society
  • St Cloud Parks Department

Add your name to this list of sponsors. Contact us.



Our sincere thanks to all of the ones that helped serve the root beer floats to accompany the music.  We couldn't do it without you!


Evening in the Gardens


"Spanferkel Under Glass"

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm.

Hosted by Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society

Come to the Munsinger Clemens Gardens Greenhouse on the banks of the Mississippi River to enjoy a barbecue pork dinner complete with sides and dessert.  Cash bar available.

Music provided by Scott Bixby and his accordion to set the German mood.  The event is catered by Food Ecstasy and West Side Liquor and Entertainment Center.

Tickets are $20 in advance - click below to download the ticket form.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $25. 

Bring your German Spirit

The greenhouse is located at Munsinger Clemens Gardens on Riverside Drive, St Cloud on the lower garden by the river.  Drive under the bridge to the greenhouse and parking is available.

Click here to download Ticket Form

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Photography in the Gardens

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2015 Photo Contest

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The photo contest was initiated to give visitors yet another reason to visit the Gardens.  Any visitor is eligible to enter the contest. 

Photo Contest runs from January through November.  Entries are due November 6th and 7th at the Lake George Municipal Complex. 

Award Ceremony to take place at a Public Gallery opening on Sunday, November 15th at 2:30 pm and the Awards to be presented beginning at 3:00 pm at the Lake George Municipal Complex.  Refreshments will be served following the award ceremony.  

Photos need to be picked up after the public gallery.  Any photos not picked up by February 1, 2016 will be disposed of.

More details listed on the Guidelines and Entry Form. 


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Winning Photos will be on display at these locations:


August & September - St Cloud Medical Group

October & November - St Cloud Public Library

December - Convention Center


January - Convention Center



2014 Contest Winners

Best of Show:  Martin Gilchrist  "Wishing Well" (view)

Hardscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Faye Lange "Winter of our Lives" (view)
  • 2nd place: Don Kempf "Footsteps of Beauty" (view)
  • 3rd place: Martin Gilchrist "The Fountain" (view)

Landscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Carleen Schomer "Mystical Munsinger" (view)
  • 2nd place: Ruthie Meyers Shlief "The Friendiest Flower" (view)
  • 3rd place: John M. Scott "Munsinger Garden Road" (view)

Hardscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Elyce Lilleberg "Stairway to Heaven" (view)
  • 2nd place: Adrian Hobbs "Fall Shadows" (view)

Landscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Ellie Terhaar "Out of the Ordinary" (view)
  • 2nd place: Katti Terhaar "Splash of Color" (view)
  • 3rd place: Elyce Lilleberg "Fall Splender" (view)

2013 Contest Winners

Hardscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Don Kempf (view)
  • 2nd place: Jamie Schreder (view)   
  • 3rd place: John Roscoe (view)
  • Honorable Mention: Martin Gilchirist (view)

Landscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Nicole Keskey (view)
  • 2nd place: Faye Lange (view)
  • 3rd place: Ruthie Myers-Schleif (view)
  • Honorable Mention: Jodi Hilbert (view)

Hardscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Gunnar Marquard (view)
  • 2nd place: Isaiah Mahlstedt (view)
  • 3rd place: Miranda Bastien (view)

Landscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Miranda Bastien (view)
  • 2nd place: Ellie Terhaar (view)
  • 3rd place: Isaiah Mahlstedt (view)


The MCBS Board and Photo Contest Committee express our thanks to everyone who participated.