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Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
This classic Japanese garden on 7 1/2 acres treats visitors to beautiful and serene winding paths, meditation and water gardens, a tea house, a moon bridge, a pagoda, and more.


Stroll Through Time; The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden's History

Friends of the Garden Newsletter Aug/Sept 2013

By George Freeman, Editor Greene Magazine

 

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden began as a cooperative effort 27 years ago between the Springfield/Greene County Parks Department and what was then the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri (now the Springfield Botanical Gardens and Friends of the Garden).

Beginning in 1985, the Botanical Society designed many of the plantings and landscaping in the central area of the garden and other areas. The main entrance was then through the Zen Garden on the south side of the garden.

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The Rest of the Story: Water Features at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Developed from an exchange between Don Schmidt and George Deatz

Don Schmidt and I had an exchange about the actual team effort necessary to improve the extensive water features in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO. It was mentioned that the team consisted of not only the volunteers but a group of dedicated Springfield-Greene County Parks Department employees, working behind the scenes, that really made the difference in completing this wonderful community project. After our exchange it became obvious that we needed to tell "The Rest of the Story." George

Don noted, "I have wanted to see some credit given by Friends of the Garden (FOG) to the Parks employees in regards to the water features at the Japanese Stroll Garden (JSG). I would like to provide a summary of how things came about and who did what... Why now? Well... I have observed recently. 1- A boat load of favorable comments by visitors into the garden about this specific feature. 2- Mike Mills and his guys do deserve credit and kudos for the water features..."

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Springfield Botanical Gardens, Three Gardens With National and International Recognition

By Peter Longley

How long will it take us to achieve our goals? In a public garden I imagine we will never achieve our goals as we will always be a work in progress, but some milestones have been reached out at the Springfield Botanical Gardens for which we can justifiably be proud. In a space of little more than twelve years, and mostly within the last eight years, we have received considerable national attention, even international recognition.

Last Friday, we received the wonderful news that our beautiful Hosta Garden tended by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society currently under the dynamic leadership of Tom Lakowske, has been certified by the American Hosta Society as a listed national display garden for hostas, taking its place in a body of less than twenty such gardens in the nation. This announcement was made at the AHS National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden the Newest Member of the North American Japanese Garden Association

Information furnished by Don Schmidt 

Thanks to Don and Nancy Schmidt, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is the newest member of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA). 

NAJGA is a professional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and sustainability of more than 250 Japanese gardens located throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was formed in 2011 with input from over 200 garden professionals and supported by The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership. NAJGA focuses on all aspects of Japanese gardens through a variety of programs and services, including workshops and seminars as well as fundraisers.

Member gardens include the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and now that Don and Nancy have joined NAJGA, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be listed as a member. They had 140 members. Now they have 141. NAJGA did not know that there was a Japanese Garden in Springfield until they signed up and attended the Memphis NJGA 2013 regional workshops on May 1st. 

NAJGA Executive Director, Diana Larowe, plans to feature the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in their next annual Journal which will give the garden considerable national and international exposure.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is located at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417.891.1515. 

For more information on the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) visit www.najga.org

Find a NAJGA Japanese garden near you or visit one on your next vacation trip, use Garden Finder: http://www.najga.org/cfm/gardenFinder.cfm

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Mizumoto Japanese Strolling Garden

Est. 1985

Mizumoto Stroll GardenThe garden's namesake, Yuriko (Mizumoto) Scott was the first war bride to make the journey to the United States as the result of World War II.

Assistance in park development was received from Springfield's Japanese Sister City of Isesaki, Japan. In 1990 members of the Isesaki Garden Association designed and installed the small dry bed that is located by the Moon Bridge. The Moon Bridge and Tea House are replicas of the bridge and tea house found in the Japanese Garden in Fort Worth, Texas.

The ponds are stocked with Japanese Koi that were only found in the Imperial Garden of Japan until after the end of World War II.

Expansion of the Meditative Garden was completed 2011, along with numerous other garden projects.

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • CHERRY BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL – APRIL
  • JAPANESE FALL FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER

Garden is located at:
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 So. Scenic
Springfield, Mo 65807

OPEN APRIL - OCTOBER

  • HOURS 9:00 AM TO 7:30
  • CLOSED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
  • ADMISSION $3.00 FOR ADULTS
  • CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE

Stroll Garden Events & Hours

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • CHERRY BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL – APRIL
  • JAPANESE FALL FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER

Garden is located at:
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 So. Scenic
Springfield, Mo 65807

OPEN APRIL - OCTOBER

  • HOURS 9:00 AM TO 7:30
  • CLOSED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
  • ADMISSION $3.00 FOR ADULTS
  • CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE