ST. CLOUD -- Sunny skies with a slight breeze in the air helped kick off the 17th annual Music in the Gardens in Munsinger Gardens.

Chrissy Gaetke, WJON

The event is held every other Sunday throughout the summer and features concerts by different local artists.

Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society volunteer coordinator Elaine Carter says the event started as a way to give a voice to local musicians.


"It was started by Kenton Frohrip, who is now retired from St. Cloud State University, but back then was a music teacher, he started it to create a venue for some of the local musicians play," says Carter.

Carter says Forhrip worked with the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society to set up the first Music in the Gardens event and it has been a hit since the beginning.


Chrissy Gaetke, WJON


To go along with the music the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society brought back their famous root beer floats.

"We sell the root beer floats for 1 dollar, its been 1 dollar since we started 17 years ago and it's still 1 dollar," says Carter.

Carter says all the money from the root beer float sales goes right back into maintaining the garden and garden projects.

Chrissy Gaetke, WJON

Music in the Gardens begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free for the community.

Anyone who attends is encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket.

For a complete schedule for this year's Music in Gardens event visit the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society website by clicking here.