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Written and presented by Lisa Bakerink, President, Friends of the Garden
Springfield-Greene County Park Board Meeting May 9, 2014
Welcome to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene Close Memorial Park! On behalf of Friends of the Garden, we are delighted you are here! You have arrived at the number one attraction of 28 in Springfield, Missouri according to Trip Advisor, a national online review site for hotels, restaurants, and attractions. “Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park” is the name that boasts that number one spot, but it is interesting to note that these grounds also hold the #10 place (Japanese Stroll Garden), the #11 place (Springfield Botanical Gardens), and the #19 place (Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center). So these 114 acres hold four of the top twenty attractions in Springfield according to the people who come and engage with all the park has to offer!
This data gives insight into two things; one is that this is a popular place! The variety of gardens and attractions here resonate with people because everyone has an earthy side that needs to get outdoors and connect with nature. It is also evidence that the many names used to reference this area can be confusing. We appreciate the Park Board’s consideration of Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park as the official reference to these gardens and attractions. We believe it truly captures what we are while maintaining and respecting history and giving appropriate recognition to donors.