GET READY TO JOIN THE CROWDS AT THIS YEAR’S BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL ON JULY 21, 2012
It’s become a summer destination for Springfield and the surrounding area. This year’s Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival, scheduled for July 21 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, promises to be one of the best in four years, said Butterfly Festival chair Cindy Willis.
An estimated 4,000 people are expected to attend the free event that features the popular Bill Roston Native Butterfly House. “We have several contests and events that take some advance planning, so we need to get the word out early,” said Willis.
New this year is a “Call for Bands” to perform at the Festival. All musical genres are welcome, but the material must be appropriate for a family event and a one-hour performance. “Performers will not be compensated,” said Willis, “but will be publicized in promotional materials and will have the opportunity to perform for a great and diverse crowd.” A CD with music samples or a DVD of the performance must be submitted, together with contact information, a photo and brief band bio. The deadline is May 25. Mail your entry to Friends of the Garden, attn. Kathleen Thompson, P.O. Box 8566, Springfield MO 65801. For more information, contact Thompson at 417.299.0677 or
The return of two contests focus on quilters and photographers.
The Friends of the Garden is also soliciting vendors and tax-deductible sponsorships at several levels. In-kind donations are also welcome. She will be glad to send you a packet of information. Call her at 417.368.2113 or e-mail
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 Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."