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
This is such a special place to visit.
1 Scenic entry area 2-3 Double pink 'Kwanzan Cherry 4 Weeping Cherry 5 Teahouse area and Waterfall 6 Moon Bridge 7 Heavenly Bamboo 8 Teahouse 9 Redbud and Cherry 10 Wooden path 11-12 Turtles sunning 13-14 Waterfalls
This is a must-see garden, both now and in the future.
1-2 Crabapple 'Sargent' These are magnificent.3. Candytuft
Shrubs blooming in April
1 Viburnum 'juddi'2 Viburnum possibly Korean Spice3.Viburnum American cranberry Scroll down to close.
Appreciate the help from Katie Steinhoff. Any mistakes are mine.
Such a beautiful time of the year for the Parks.
A fairly new garden that will be very interesting as the Seasons come and go.
1 'Sargent' Crabapple 2 Red flowering Currant3 Forthergilla4 Lilac5 Drops of gold Japanese Holly6 Flowering Quince7 Flowering Quince bloom8-9 Tulips
There is so much to see at the Center, inside and out. Thanks to Katie Steinhoff for helping me with unknowns. Any mistakes are mine.
1 Crabapple, tulips, hyacinths2-3 Crabapple Sargent 'Tina'4 Creeping Phlox blue and Dianthus red Sweet William5 Verbena6-7 Sign for the Center8. Flying ducks sculpture donated by George Deatz.9. Tulips and friends10 Korean Spice Viburnum11 Cherry Laurel
These were seen on April 24, 2013.
1 Golden Currant2 Bloom of golden Currant3. Buckeye4. Bloom of Buckeye
These topiary animals are found in the Ornamental Garden. Sorry I missed the deer but will try to get that shot next time. I hope to take more pictures during the growing season.
1&2 Donkey Notice the lilacs in 1 and 5.
5&6 Land turtle
When I read about this in the blog, I was curious. What a great idea!
Here is a quote from the April 12, 2013 Friends of the Garden blog by Peter Longley.
"This is a soil-free system that means no weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty, and fewer pests. But beware the frost. Fortunately, our Tower Garden can be wheeled indoors overnight at this uncertain time of the year. The tower garden uses less than 10% of traditional growing nutrients and water and grows crops in less time than it takes to grow them in soil. It can extend the growing season in colder climates with a submersible heater. This is “Green” sustainable technology, for organic, vine-ripened produce. In our Tower Garden we are attempting to grow, lettuce, cilantro, and peas and we should see rapid growth in these early crops. Later, we will change them out for mid-summer crops."
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."