Missouri Conservationist Article

This is the link to the Missouri Conservationist article featuring Close Memorial Park. It reviews the arboretum and other attractions in the April 2008 issue. It is an excellent well written article by Springfield resident and Missouri Department of conservation employee Francis Skalicky and goes into considerable detail about the park and arboretum.

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Springfield's Developing Arboretum at Close Memorial Park

Written by George Freeman

History of the Close Gardens:

Introduction and mission

Friends of the Garden was created to “establish and facilitate a Botanical Center, gardens, and arboretum at Close Memorial Park and Lake Drummond to inspire the discovery, understanding, and appreciation of nature." With that in mind, we are passionately committed to educating our membership and the community in various ways through our own means and through the media to encourage the wise use of trees, shrubs and flowers, to improve the environment and quality of life. We view the gardens as a “library of plants” for all to enjoy and use as an educational resource.

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More Information

The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
2400 S. Scenic Ave
Springfield, MO 65807

Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM

Phone: 417.891.1515

Download a Comprehensive Park Brochure of Favorite Features:
icon Botanical Center & Gardens Brochure (782.17 kB)

The Botanical Center Facility as well as outdoor garden venues are available for rent. Before you call, please read the policies and fee schedules, available at the link below. Private events are scheduled on a first come, first scheduled basis.

For Rental Information and other inquiries:
Katie Steinhoff - Coordinator

Peter Longley - Horticultural Interpreter

Honor & Memorial Gifts

Tribute gifts are an excellent way to honor a friend, colleague, loved one, to mark a special occasion – celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement or wedding, a graduation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a holiday, a special memory, or simply to say thank you – while supporting the mission of Friends of the Garden.

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