When we were discussing the new website for Friends of the Garden, we wanted there to be a feature where some of our members could publish their photographs of the gardens and arboretum.
We hope this becomes a well-used and frequently visited area of the site. Come back often to see what new photo series have been posted to the site.
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 Net. From such searching, I have an ever growing list of Web sites. These can be viewed HERE. One plant was unknown for 2 years.
First saw Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks while walking the South Creek trail. At that time there were only a few gardens. Became interest in FOG after picking up a brochure at the Japanese Stroll Garden and talking with George Deatz. Have marveled at the development and growth of both Parks. Looking forward to exploring the Botanical Center, seeing the proposed new gardens, and taking more pictures of all the beautiful plants and flowers.Barbara Clark
Whenever I take photos, I tend to focus on an individual object, whether it's a bug, a flower, or a tree; I like to focus in on the unique qualities inherent in each one. I strive to cause the viewer to pause long enough to take a closer look at common objects or scenes; for it's not always the size, but the beauty that holds your attention. I love nature photography, because, in fact, I simply take a photo of what God has created, and I'm constantly amazed at the beautiful detail in His handiwork!
My husband, Donnie, and I have enjoyed visiting the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Gardens for years, and I practically never come without my camera in hand. The Gardens are not only constantly changing with the Seasons, but also, ever-changing, with the addition of new garden areas being developed continually. With this transient nature in mind, I strive to capture beautiful moments in time through my photography.
The time and dedication that the Friends of the Garden lovingly put into the care of the Gardens makes it a pleasant and refreshing experience for all that visit. Some of our favorite areas of the Gardens are the beautiful Rose Garden and the relaxing Hosta Garden, and the Bill Roston Butterfly House is always a delightful, learning experience. Whether we take a leisurely stroll around Lake Drummond, or go for the more unique sights in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens, it's definitely one of our favorite places to go for a walk in Springfield.
My husband and I also frequent many other natural parks and gardens in Missouri and Arkansas; in particular, Dunnegan Park in Bolivar, and Powell Gardens near Warrensburg.Susie Wilson
My love of gardening was influenced at an early age by my grandmother and has steadily grown over the years. I became a Master Gardener in 2005 and recently a Friends of the Garden member. I have enjoyed photographing the ever changing seasons at the gardens as well as volunteering for the Master Gardeners at the hotline and the Xeriscape demonstration garden. When I began photographing flowers and insects in my own garden, I was inspired by the beauty and creativity that is present in every detail of nature.Rebecca Nickols
I have been a photographer for years, as we traveled throughout the United States in our motorhome. It was an unforgettable experience. Since hanging up our gypsy keys, I have rekindled my interest in gardening and found the wonderful gem – Nathanial Greene Park and Close Memorial Park, which isn’t too far from my home. I am there most weekends during the summer and I hope to take more photos during the winter when the park is less busy.
I have to applaud the many hours that the volunteers have put forth in making this the star of the Springfield-Greene County Park System. Their efforts have made it a wonderful experience for the rest of us.
I was baptized, Hiltrud Maria Masuch, in Domnau, County Bartenstein, East Prussia, Germany. During WW II, my mother, brother and I fled from the Russian invasion. In 1959 I came to the US to increase the knowledge of my business English. Instead I studied entomology and eventually specialized in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). I kept a large butterfly garden. Hence my interest in flowers. I am married with children.Hiltrud “Sam” Webber
Hiltrud "Sam" Webber passed away unexpectedly in August 2011. This memorial gallery has both photographs she posted plus many others contributed from her extensive library of photographs of the plants, scenes and attractions found throughout Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. She is missed by many but by viewing her collection of photographs, you can appreciate her love of flowers, shrubs, trees, insects,and other attractions found throughout the Parks as seen through her eyes.You can tour the Botanical Center's grounds and many beautiful gardens with a few clicks of your mouse.
Photographs by Hiltrud "Sam" Webber Galleries designed by Barbara Clark Introduction by George Deatz
Editor's Note: Please also visit Sam's YouTube gallery which is a collection of her photos in a slide show format. Also visit Sam's resurrected website: ofbooksandbutterflies.com.
Sydnee Crain is a freelance writer and former editor of http://www.freshare.net, an Ozarks Outdoor e-zine to which she continues to contribute. Her passion for nature photography is a recent discovery, lending credence to the adage, "It's never too late to turn out to be who you really are." She maintains a nature blog at http://thelightfields.wordpress.com.
Growing up in the rich, fertile fields and brambled woods of Southern Illinois instilled in Sydnee a sense of intimacy with nature that has expanded with each passing year. Four years ago she discovered a "jewel" in the S.W. section of Springfield: Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park... it has been her refuge and playmate ever since, introducing a meditative silence and nature-lover's free-for-all into her world. To be associated with F.O.G. and the generous spirits of those who tirelessly work to make it the treasure it has come, is an honor for which Sydnee is most grateful. There are no words...but hopefully her photos will serve to "give back" what F.O.G. has so lavishly given to her.
I was exposed to nature at a young age. My childhood was filled with canoe trips on the James River, close to a secluded place in the woods I called home, and many weekends camping with friends during high school. However, my true love and admiration for nature, in all it's beauty, began after a trip to Costa Rica. I spent months traveling through the country. I saw beautiful and exotic flowers and lush rain forests with the prettiest hues of green I'd ever seen. That's also when I fell in love with butterflies! I've been a nature lover ever since.
Soon, I began admiring nature in artistic ways. I grew a passion for floral design, making art out of nature. When I visited Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park, I found that it is the perfect place to pursue another passion, floral and nature photography. I look forward to the changing seasons at the park. There will be many wonderful photographs to share.
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."