Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society Special Events

Art Fair in the Gardens

July 21, 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

Music in the Gardens

Alternating Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

June 12  •  Charlie Roth
June 26  •  Monday Night Jazz
July 10  •  Harper's Chord
July 24  •  Dennis Warner - "Memorial Release of the Butterflies" by Quiet Oaks Hospice House
August 7  •  Woodwind Trio
August 21  •  Pachanga Society

Tentative schedule may be subjected to change.

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Photography in the Gardens

Photography contest accepting entries beginning January through October.

Learn more about Photography in the Gardens >

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 21, 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

Lower Gardens on Stage near the river:

11:30 am to 1:30 pm • Pushing Chain

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm  Cristina Seaborn

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm • Cathie English


This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, with money from the State's general fund.

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.

2016 • 17th Season

June 12 •  Charlie Roth                

June 26  •  Monday Night Jazz                

July 10  •  Harper's Chord                

July 24  •  Dennis Warner   -  "Memorial Release of the Butterflies" event, see below for more details.

August 7  •  Woodwind Trio   

August 21  •  Pachanga Society                

         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 $25/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:

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


This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, with money from the State's general fund.

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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2016 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 4th from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm and November 5th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Lake George Municipal Complex. 

Award Ceremony to take place at a Public Gallery opening on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 pm at the St Cloud Public Library.  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, 2017 will be disposed of.

More details listed on the Guidelines and Entry Form. 


If you have questions about the Photo Contest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Winning Photos will be on display at these locations:


February - CentraCare Health Plaza

March - Quiet Oaks Hospice

April - Whitney Center

May - Whitney Center

June - US Bank

July - Paramount Theater

August - St Cloud Medical Group

September - St Cloud Medical Group

October - Waite Park Library

November - St Cloud Public Library

December - St Cloud Public Library 



2015 Contest Winners

Best In Show: Peter Veljkovich (view)

Hardscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Martin Gilchrist(view)
  • 2nd place: Jenny Seil (view)   
  • 3rd place: Michelle Peterson (view)

Landscapes, Adult:

  • 1st place: Martin Gilchrist (view)
  • 2nd place: Jan Dorabush (view)
  • 3rd place: Lisa Henning (view)

Hardscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Zachary Schroeder (view)
  • 2nd place: Andrew Schroeder (view)
  • 3rd place: Annamaria Tomovic (view)

Landscapes, Youth:

  • 1st place: Abigail Gans (view)
  • 2nd place: Annamari Tomovic (view)



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)



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


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