Daily Archives: March 4, 2012

Program: Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House — Looking Forward to Spring

Program location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
4601 S Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65804
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House is in its third year of operation in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park in Springfield and opens to the public this year on Friday, May 11th, which is also National Public Gardens day. Along with the first peeks at this season’s butterflies there will be lots of other happenings at the Botanical Center that day.

During the free Springfield Conservation Nature Center program on April 10th volunteers will share information about native butterflies, natural history, and current conservation projects taking place at the Butterfly House. Learn how you can become involved in butterfly conservation in general and about volunteer opportunities at the Butterfly House in particular. Ages 12-adult. Registration required by April 10th, call 417-888-4237 today to secure your seat.

Visit the Daffodil Border in Springfield’s Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

Visit the Daffodil Border in Springfield’s Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Information and photographs provided by www.OzarksGardens.com

Folks who like daffodils should be knocked out by the Daffodil Border in Springfield’s Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO. Planned and planted by Master Gardener Cindy Arrowood, this remarkable collection shows off unusually beautiful varieties, many the winners of numerous awards. The border runs along the rustic south fence of the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens and will be in bloom before long. Here are some photos taken in early April last spring. If you like them, more can be seen on the Ozarks Gardens website at http://www.ozarksgardens.com/news/0/0/ypOmw/a-border-of-daffodils.html.

By the way, the American Daffodil Society has a great page for learning quickly and easily about daffodil types at http://www.daffodilusa.org/daffodils/div.html.


‘Chromacolor’ is a superb large-cupped daffodil, the largest pink daffodil in existence, with flowers measuring some 5 inches. The petals are pure white and the cup a ruffled coral pink. The plant grows to 17 inches tall and the flowers are also fragrant. American-bred, this marvelous daffodil has won the British Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit and the American Daffodil Society Wister Award for Outstanding Garden Merit.

‘Jack Snipe’ (Narcissi cyclamineus) is a cyclamineus daffodil, meaning that it has strongly reflexed, or or swept-back, petals and longer cups. It grows to 10 inches tall and forms attractive clumps said to reappear and spread for many, many years.

The ‘Red Devon’ Daffodil, also known as the Red Devon Narcissus, is a large-cupped daffodil with yellow petals and a flaring orange cup. It grows to 18 inches tall. Often exhibited as a show flower, ‘Red Devon’ has won numerous awards in the Netherlands and England.

‘Sempre Avanti’ is Italian for “always forward.” It’s also the name of this highly engaging long-cup, large-cup trumpet daffodil. Growing to 16 inches tall, it features white, slightly swept-back petals and a gold-orange cup.