Join us for the fourth annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival! July 21, 2012 9am-6pm
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park | 2400 S. Scenic Avenue | Springfield, MO
Quilt Contest Winners from 2011 Butterfly Festival
Summer is butterfly season in the gardens! Discover live butterflies in the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and learn from local butterfly experts. Tour the gardens and shop for plants, garden accents, and more from local vendors. Catch a special chance to purchase plants right from our own lily and iris gardens! Local conservation organizations will be on hand with information and activities. Bring the kids for crafts, games, story time, face painting, and the Caterpillar Petting Zoo! Earn your butterfly antennae at the event or come dressed as a butterfly or caterpillar to enter our children’s costume contest. For a full schedule of activities, music, and more see below!
We attract a great crowd! Each year around 4000 visitors enjoy the Butterfly Festival. Interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor at this event, or in promoting your business by becoming an event sponsor? For more information:
Butterfly Festival Sponsorship Information - 2012 (849.41 kB)
Or contact Cindy Willis at
Butterfly Festival admission and all activities are free of charge. The Butterfly House and Butterfly Festival are sponsored by Friends of the Garden, a not-for-profit volunteer organization. Donations are appreciated.
Parking is located in several areas in the park. From the entrance on Scenic Avenue, follow signs and guides for festival parking. Shuttle service to the Botanical Center and Butterfly House area will be available. Accessible parking is located in the lot adjacent to the Botanical Center.
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens are open 9:00am-7:30pm. Free admission for Friends of the Garden members. The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center is open 8:00am-8:00pm.
Get an up-close look at native butterflies and moths as eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and adults with our expert guides.
Explore the gardens and find inspiration in the Butterfly Garden. Don't miss the Butterfly Release at 10:30 am, just south of the Butterfly House. Visit the Daylily and Iris Gardens for a unique opportunity to buy plants right from the gardens!
Visit the Caterpillar Petting Zoo, enjoy storytime, games, and crafts for kids, bounce your way through a giant caterpillar and more! Come ready to shop for plants, home and garden accents, jewelry, art and more from local vendors, and cool off with a snow cone. Visit the Botanical Center to view the entries and winners of the Butterfly Quilt Block Contest and the Nature in the Park Photo Competition.
The Botany Shop, Inc.
Fiber, Fun & More
Global Crafts in the Ozarks
Ozark Daylily Society
Peighton's Place Handmade Soaps
Smiling Sun, LLC
Wickman's Garden Village
BENEFITTING A NEW BUTTERFLY NURSERY GARDEN
Artwork, Jewelry, Garden Accents, Plants, Butterfly Quilts, Restaurant & Spa Gift Certificates, Salon Services, Massages, Concert Tickets, & More!
Sponsored by Children's Orchard & Young Painting/Tangico
Flap or wriggle to the festival in your butterfly or caterpillar costume! Contest held in the Botanical Center, with the Pollintor Parade to follow. Ages 15 and under. Special thanks to prize contributors Andy's Frozen Custard, The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure, Children's Orchard, Jumpin' Joey's, & Noah's Art.
sponsored by Springfield Music
A variety of performers all day long on the Roof Garden Plaza on top of the Botanical Center. See music schedule below for performers and times.
9:30am Nature in the Park Photo Competition Awards, Sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Camera Club. Botanical Center atrium, entries and winners will remain on display all day
10:00am-12:00pm (New this year!) SILENT AUCTION with proceeds benefitting a new Butterfly Host Plant Garden
10:30am Butterfly Release, south of Butterfly House
11:00am Butterfly Photography Workshop, meet at the SWMCC booth just west of the Butterfly House
11:30am Butterfly Gardening Workshop, Botanical Center Workshop room
12:00pm Butterfly and Caterpillar Costume Contest, Botanical Center East Meeting Room. Pollinator Parade to follow
12:30pm Butterfly Photography Workshop, meet at the SWMCC booth just west of the Butterfly House
2:00pm Butterfly Photography Workshop, meet at the SWMCC booth just west of the Butterfly House
2:30pm Butterfly Gardening Workshop, Botanical Center Workshop room
3:15pm Butterfly Photography Workshop, meet at the SWMCC booth just west of the Butterfly House
All performances are on the Roof Garden Plaza
9:00-9:50 am Tara Kizer, MSU Concert Master, Violin/Fiddle
10:00-10:50 am Sagegrass Revival, Bluegrassmusic of the Ozarks
11:00 am Allison Steiner Violin Studio, Violinists
12:00-12:50 am Aasha, Pop & Dance music
1:00-1:30 pm Motion Playlist Studio, an integration of Music & Dance
1:30-2:00 Austin Handley, Acoustic Guitar
2:00-2:25 pm Cindy Tucker, Contemporary Christian/Country Singer/Songwriter
2:25-2:50 pm Linda Stewart, Contemporary Christian Singer/Songwriter
3:00-4:50 pm Branson Shows, Various Performers
5:00-5:50pm Luna Jamboree, Alternative
6:15pm Bert Smith and The Walk, a blend of Christian, Gospel, Blues, & Rock.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Ozarks Screen Printing
Action Tent Service
Andy's Frozen Custard
Black River Imaging
The Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure
City of Springfield Dept. of Environmental Services
Cherry Court Garden Club
Discovery Center of Springfield
Federated Garden Clubs
General Rental Center
Gifts From the Heart
Greater Ozarks Hosta Society
Iris Society of the Ozarks
Lawrence Photo & Video
Master Gardeners of Greene County
Merrily We Quilt Along
Missouri Department of Conservation
& Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Missouri Prairie Foundation
National Art Shop
Nearly Famous Deli & Pasta House
Newk's Express Cafe
Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild
Show-Me Yards & Neighborhoods
Southwest Missouri Camera Club
Springfield-Greene County Park Board & Staff
Our Dedicated Volunteers
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."