Subscribe and pay for your membership or a gift membership with our On Line Membership Form.
Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566
Springfield, MO 65801
Or make a donation with a major credit card using the secure PayPal payment service.
For Membership Information: CLICK HERE
LOCAL GARDENERS LOOK FORWARD TO MASTER GARDENERS SPRING PLANT SALE
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014
For the past month, Master Gardeners of Greene County have been busy selecting, digging, “potting up” and labeling plants for their 16th annual Spring Plant Sale, to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, rain or shine, at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in Springfield.
The popular fundraising event begins at 7:30 a.m., but eager gardeners line up early for the best selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs, hostas, trees and house plants from the personal gardens of the Master Gardeners as well as the Demonstration Garden at the park in southwest Springfield and the Xeriscape on South National Avenue. The sale, chaired by Gwen Wilson, will continue until the plants are sold.
Master Gardeners of Greene County, in coordination with University of Missouri Extension, provides horticultural information and training to the gardening public based on proven research specific to the local climate, soils and plants.
Funds raised at the sale help the Master Gardeners create and maintain the public gardens and staff the popular gardening Hotline at 417.881.8909, extension 320.
For more information, contact Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with the University of Missouri Extension at 417.881.8909. Or visit mggreene.org.
The Friends of the Garden 6th Annual Butterfly Festival is just around the corner!
Featuring DR. BILL ROSTON NATIVE BUTTERFLY HOURSE and SPRINGFIELD SISTER CITIES FIESTAwith MARIACHI VIVA XALISCOand SPECIAL GUEST PACO PADILLA
6th Annual Butterfly Festival Poster (315.53 kB)
Please join us for the sixth annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The park will open early for set-up. In the case of severe weather, the rain date is Sunday, July 13. We are partnering with Springfield Sister Cities Association and will be featuring the Mariachi Viva Xalisco with special guest Paco Padilla from Springfield’s sister city Tlaquepaque, Mexico! We expect 3000-4000 visitors! Educational and interactive exhibits are encouraged. All vendor spaces are outdoors. It is the responsibility of each vendor to provide safe activities for the general public and to comply with all applicable City permit and license requirements. Vendors offering items for purchase at the event need a current City of Springfield business license. Event business licenses are available for a small fee by contacting the City of Springfield License Division at (417) 864-1617. Please fill out the information below in full, and return as directed. Thank you for being part of our event!
Butterfly Festival Vendor Application (102.83 kB)
Information compiled and presented by Sarah Dewey, April 2014
There are a lot of websites and books that will help you learn more about pollination and how to design a wildlife garden. I’ve just listed a few. Use your local library and Google to find more. Be sure to mark this link as a favorite so you can return often.
Compiled by Barbara Clark, Revised December 2013
Editor's Note: This comprehensive list is compiled and updated by Friend of the Garden volunteer Barbara Clark. The site with almost 100 websites currently listed has had over 5000 visitors stop by to learn something new about plants. We don't think you'll find a more complete list of websites dedicated to plant identification and information anywhere! Thanks, Barb!
My interest in flowers and photography began by walking the Ozark Greenways trails. Seeing many unknown plants, both along the paths and in my yard from spreading seed, I began trying to identity each one. This became easier after I received a digital camera. Now I can look at a computer photo and compare it with one found on the Internet. From this searching, I have developed an ever growing list of informative websites. One plant was unknown to me for 2 years before I found it. The detailed revised list can be viewed here: http://thebotanicalcenter.org/internet-plant-sites
I first saw Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park while walking the South Creek Greenway trail. At that time there were only a few gardens. I became interested in Friends of the Garden (FOG) after picking up a brochure at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and talking with George Deatz. I have marveled at the development and growth of both parks and I'm looking forward to exploring the Springfield Botanical Gardens, seeing the proposed new gardens, and taking more pictures of all the beautiful plants and flowers.
Prepared by Bob Childress, Garden Chair
Thank you to all the volunteers this past year, including Friends of the Garden members, other Park Partners and their volunteers. We also had several important groups that volunteered throughout the year: Kids Across America, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch and Missouri State University student volunteers, plus about 200 volunteers from the Missouri United Methodist Church who were in Springfield for their annual convention last summer. These groups mulched, spread gravel, dead headed plants, weeded gardens and sealed all the wood directional and garden Guide by Cell signs.
This year was a catch-up year due to limited funding for actual garden growth. Frank Mason with other volunteers did complete and run irrigation lines in the Peace and Propagation Gardens, added irrigation lines in the Rose Garden plus ran a power line to the Peace Garden.
By Peter Longley, Horticultural Interpreter
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens
Page 1 of 5
Get news, updates and information from Friends of the Garden about our events and programs as well as what's going on at the Botanical Center.
Friends of the Garden, Inc. PO Box 8566 Springfield, MO 65801 417.891.1515 | EMAIL
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center2400 S. Scenic AveSpringfield, MO 65807
The Friends of the Garden mission is to "inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."