Rebecca Nickols

Rebecca Nickols

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

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:34

Winter Interest in the Gardens.... 2012

Not your typical January/February colors!

Not only do these examples add color and winter interest in the gardens, they're also a food source for wildlife (seeds, berries, fruit)...

View more photos in the image gallery below...

photo 1 -  American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
                 Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
photo 2 - Common Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
      the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
photo 3 - Hemlock Cones
photo 4 & 5 - February crocus in the winter garden...
photo 6 - Dallas Blues (Panicum virgatum)
               Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
photo 7 - Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
      the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
photo 8 - February daffodils?!!
               Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
photo 9 & 10 - Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis)
                      Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
photo 11 - American Holly
       the entrance to Nathanael Greene Park
photo 12 - Limelight (Hydrangea paniculata)
photo 13 - Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Compacta')
       the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
photo 14 - Nest hidden within the Flowering Crabapple tree at the Xeriscape...
photo 15 - Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
photo 16 - Angelina (Sedum rupestre)
photo 17 - Silver Arrow Maiden Grass  (Miscanthus sinensis)

The Monarch can travel over 1600 miles from Springfield to its overwintering sites in Mexico then return north in the spring. It's the only butterfly that makes such a long, two-way migration.

Lisa Bakerink and other Friends of the Garden volunteers assisted visitors of all ages tag and release a Monarch.--They also received a tag code and information from Monarch Watch to track if and when the butterfly is found.

For more information on Monarchs and their amazing journey visit Monarch Watch (


View more photos of this event in the image gallery below...

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:10

Coneflowers in the Gardens...

Native Echinacea purpurea or Purple Cone flower is found throughout Missouri.  The gardens of the Botanical Center not only have the native varieties, but many other examples of new colors now available...
Tuesday, 12 April 2011 00:44

Purple Martins in the Gardens...

This wonderful Purple Martin couple arrived to the gardens this spring and has taken up residence in the Martin house by Drummond Lake.  Be sure to stop by and observe their cheerful antics and unique song.  Hopefully more pairs will be joining them soon!
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:58

Winter in the Gardens...

Winter in the gardens...  Winter interest, snow, geese and more!
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:07

Fall in the Gardens

A few examples of the colors of fall found throughout the gardens..
Included in the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens are separate beds devoted to herbs, ornamental grasses and a variety of different turf selections...
A 4-season garden including a combination of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and annuals--Color and interest throughout the year...
A wonderful demonstration of a productive vegetable garden as well as a beautiful addition to the landscape...
European potager themed vegetable garden. Naturally, and sustainably grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides of any kind. This garden includes heirloom vegetables, fruit, flowers, and herbs on a 2,300 sq ft plot. No synthetic fertilizers used, 10 years of compost added annually. Includes raised bed Square Foot Garden, wildlife habitat, vertical structures, grafted tomatoes, low tunnel cloche, & companion planting for a four season harvest. Produce donated to Ozarks Food Harvest. 
Christine Chiu--Master Gardener and Coordinator of the Kitchen Garden

The creation of this garden can be viewed at              

A few examples of the beauty of native Missouri plants....

Easy to grow, naturally adapted to our soil/climate and return year after year.