By Dr. Chris Barnhart, Curator, Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House
Fall is upon us. I placed a "closed until May" sign on the door of the Butterfly House, and today David & Kelly took the potted plants off for winter storage at the Hog Barn. ... I think by any measure it was the best year yet. I've been looking over pictures and it's heartwarming to see how many people were touched by butterflies. Thanks to you! The butterfly house would not be possible if it were not for the time that you spend there and the generosity and kindness that you show to the visitors.
By Katie Steinhoff, Coordinator, Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center Published in Ozarks Living Magazine October/November 2015
I think most people will understand what I mean about taking good things for granted. As a Springfield transplant, I can assure you that the resources and relationships that are being built around this Celebration of the Beauty of the Ozarks is an uncommon phenomenon not to be taken for granted. The partnerships at work in this community are something for which each of us should be proud. I was recently asked if there is a model in the public garden world where many different agencies contribute something to make one great thing. After thinking about it, I think we are it.
I’d like to share my perspective on the big picture for the future of the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
LISA BAKERINK NAMED FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FRIENDS OF THE GARDEN by Jeanne Duffey
On the 15th-year anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Garden, the volunteer organization whose primary mission is to create and maintain the Springfield Botanical Gardens took a major step toward future viability by hiring its first fulltime executive director.
Lisa Bakerink was hired for the newly created position by the Friends of the Garden board at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Springfield Botanical Center. Bakerink, who has been active in the organization since 2010 and was serving a third one-year term as board president, will be responsible for providing leadership, direction and supervision to Friends of the Garden volunteers and partner organizations as well as maintaining an effective working relationship with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and staff.
Her duties as executive director of the 1,200-member organization will begin on October 1, 2015, according to Tom Finnie, the current vice president and chair of the recruitment committee.
“I first became involved with Friends of the Garden as a docent at the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House,” said Bakerink. “I have enjoyed working for the past five years with such a dedicated and inspiring group that strives to bring people, nature and gardens together. As executive director, I am excited to be given the opportunity to help Friends of the Garden take this important next step in its growth, and to continue to make the Springfield Botanical Gardens one of the top educational and tourist attractions in the area.”
Bakerink, whose prior experience includes a stint as a regional team leader for a large nonprofit in her native Pella, Iowa, became a Master Gardener in 2011. She served as the hotline coordinator and president of the Master Gardeners of Greene County. “I have been immersed in plants and gardening most of my life, having been raised on a farm and maintaining a garden and landscaping at my home.”
A graduate of Iowa State University, Bakerink has a special passion for the monarch butterfly and, since 1999, has participated in the tagging program of Monarch Watch in Lawrence, Kansas. She has been involved with the Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival for five years. The organization’s signature event is held each summer at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.
Bakerink is a member of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Springfield Sister Cities Association, Ozark Daylily Society, Friends of Gray-Campbell Farmstead, Friends of Greene County Extension and Missouri Native Plant Society.
Review by Joan Bowen, Springfield Council of Federated Garden Clubs
On June 14, approximately 150 people gathered in the hot sun for the dedication of the Blue Star Veterans’ Memorial in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathaneal Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Fittingly, this was Flag Day so everyone received a flag as they joined with the Springfield Council of Federated Garden Clubs for this 84th installation of a Blue Star Memorial in the state of Missouri.
The Veterans Memorial Honor Guard presented the colors to start the ceremony, followed by Josefina Raborar, Springfield Garden Council President, leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Philip Johnson gave the Invocation and Benediction. Shayne Piles sang the National Anthem and later Miriam Kemper sang God Bless America, both vocalists are from Republic High School. Cynthia Broderson, FGCM Blue Star Memorial Chairperson, gave the History of the Blue Star Memorial. Jerry Jacob, news anchor for Channel 33 was our featured speaker. Jerry gave up an anchor job and joined the military at the age of 42 where he became a medic and served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Memorial was uncovered by Frank Mason and Earl Whitman, both Navy veterans and both of whom had worked to put in the gardens. Katie Steinhoff, Director of the Botanical Gardens, accepted the Memorial. Nan McCabe, FGCM 2nd Vice President, gave the Dedication of the Marker. This was followed by Helen Boutwell, a “Rosie the Riveter” who worked in the munitions factory during the war, laying the wreath, assisted by Avis Holloway, FOG and Hillbilly Gardeners member, who made the lovely living wreath of succulents.