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
Sorry I could not show the big picture of the patio, but would need a ladder and better knowledge of my camera. Hope after seeing these pictures, you will want to see it in person. The circular 20-foot mosaic patio made up of tiny ceramic tiles set in concrete was installed by the designer Christine Schilling of MosaicaRose Studio and Brian Tidwell and workers of Tidwell Concrete. It is funded by Ruth Kelly and her family. The location is in Close Memorial Park near the southern parking lot and the Rose Garden of the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
Learn more at http://www.friendsofthegarden.org/fog-blog/2012/06/09/view-large-scale-mosaic-patio-installed-by-artist-christine-schilling-at-springfield-botanical-gardens/
This 36th garden, the Peace Garden, dedicated to peace makers is a gift from Mariel Caldwell to honor her friend, the late Joan Collins, who was a teacher, librarian, and peace activist who headed the Peace Network of the Ozarks. It is located just south of the Dwarf Conifer Garden at the east end of Drummond Lake in the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial park.The stele and benches are Missouri marble coming from a local quarry with the words "let there be peace on earth" in 4 languages: English, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish. Pictures 1-5 Representing peace in various parts of the world, the symbols on the benches are:
Picture 6 South Pacific- Turtle Tibet- Doe Mediterranean- Lion and LambPicture 8 Correction info from Peter LongleyNative American and Eskimos in North America, including Canada and Alaska- LoonMiddle East- Palm Tree Universal- DoveInformation above came from the Ozarks Gardens site of Frank Shipe and Peter Longley's Botanical Blog October 5 on the FOG web site.
Flowers that can be seen in Spetember.
Botanical Center Roof Deck Thanks to Missouri State University horticulture professor, Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers and Botanical Center Director, Katie Steinhoff for creating the beautiful beds around the Botanical Center. The plants are being monitored for their performance in the climate of southwest Missouri. 1 Amaranth globe 'fireworks' 2 Amaranth globe 'Las Vegas purple/pink' 3 Cockscomb 4 Lisianthus 'misty blue' 5 Lisianthus 'improved yellow' 6 Lisianthus both types. Love this plant! 7 Salvia farancea 8 VerbenaEnglish Garden9 & 10 Sweet potato vine and friends 11 Mum Ornamental Grass Garden12 Reed 13 Elephant ears 14 CockscombButterfly Garden area15 Coleus 16 Sedum 17 Zinnia 18 Salvia gentian Wildflower Garden19 Snakeroot
More flowers seen May 17, 2012.
1 Lilac False-Lepidermis oblonga 2 New Jersey Tea 3-4 Penstemon 5 Red Hot Poker
6 Sage Jerusalem 7 Sage Meadow 8 Sage Tricolor 9 Salvia 10 Sea Holly 11 Thyme Spanish
12 Valerain 13-14 Verbena with Swallowtail 15 Veronica-Sunny Border Blue 16 Viburnum
17 Yarrow-Pomegranate 18 Yucca 19-20 Undecided A real puzzler
These pictures were taken May 17, 2012.
1 Artemisia 2 Barberry 3 Bellflower-Blue Waterfall 4 Blue Star 5 Butterfly Weed 6 Canna
7 Clematis 8-9 Coneflowers 10 Coneflower-Double Scoop Bubble Gum 11 Coral Bells
12 Coreopsis Prairie 13 Daisy Shasta 14 Euphorbia 'diamond frost' 15 Fern-Japanese Painted
16 Geranium-Brookside 17 Geranium-New Hampshire Purple 18 Geraniums 19 Gomphrena
20 Hemlock 21 Lavender
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."