SPRINGFIELD BOTANICAL GARDENS CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUBLIC GARDENS DAY MAY 11
The Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. with an all-day schedule of events for the whole family.
- You can get free admission from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.
- You can meet, chat and ask questions of Master Gardeners in their demonstration gardens from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- You can take a guided garden solar tram tour from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- You can visit the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House on its opening day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- You can pre-register to attend Peter Longley’s popular Friends of the Garden-sponsored Tablescapes series by calling 417.891.1515. This session, The Intimate Patio for Mother’s Day, begins at 6 p.m. and costs $8.
“Parks and gardens are great for the body and soul,” says Botanical Center Coordinator Katie Steinhoff. “Public Gardens Day is a way of raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation.”
Not that the Springfield area needs convincing. The local park, located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in southwest Springfield, has been consistently voted the number one attraction in Springfield, according to respondents who visit tripadvisor.com, says Steinhoff.
The 20 themed gardens, 15 special collections and five naturalized areas within the 114-acre park are created and maintained by the Friends of the Gardens, Master Gardeners of Greene County and other volunteer organizations and the Springfield-Greene County Park staff.
Friends of the Garden, Springfield, Missouri, News Release