These photos, published with permission from the photographer, offer a new view of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens. To view the entire gallery of 68 photos, please visit the Nathanael Greene Facebook Page.
Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House Reports Record Attendance for the 2014 Season Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65808 | Phone 417.891.1515
Video by Dr. Chris Barnhart, Butterfly House Curator, October 7, 2014
Dr. Chris Barnhart has been working on a YouTube video collage covering the last month of 2014 operations at the Butterfly House that closed for the 2014 season last Sunday.... Here it is!
The last report by Lisa Bakerink on October 4 noted, "Chris stated so very well the significance of your volunteer time and what it means to the thousands of visitors (over 26,000 this season) to the Butterfly House (see his comments below). On behalf of the Friends of the Garden Board, thank you!" --Lisa
Thank you to the Butterfly House operations team for the wonderful record 2014 year. The volunteer hours you invested in this important community project is appreciated by thousands and I can assure you the public will be ready for our seventh season starting May 2015! --George
Event video now on YouTube Greene County University of Missouri Extension Council Video by David Burton, Published on Sep 21, 2014
The grand opening event for Liberty School took place Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The historic school is located in the Gray-Campbell Farmstead portion of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807.
This video is of the dedication ceremony. Liberty School is a restored one-room school in Springfield, Mo. Thanks to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for supporting the project and to the many donors who contributed and Norma Tolbert for her dedication to the project.
Thank you to Michelle Atkinson for saying a few words of introduction. She has served as President of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board several years, I believe a couple of times. A very devoted volunteer who raised her 4 children learning and helping on the farmstead.
Today we are giving ‘New Life’ to the old Liberty School. The Saving Liberty project has been an event in the making for 6 or 7 years. I’ve been told when Betty Jane Turner led the preservation of the Gray/Campbell family home she envisioned having a one-room school at the site. Finally, in 2007 the idea was discussed by the Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board when a member of the board, Vera Chandler, suggested it would be good to add education to the 5th grade spring and fall curriculum the farmstead provides. For students this is a historic "hands on" day that coordinates with Springfield School’s history curriculum, a re-enactment of life around the 1850’s that their grandparents and great grandparents lived when they settled on the Kickapoo Prairie.
Written and presented by Lisa Bakerink, President, Friends of the Garden Springfield-Greene County Park Board Meeting May 9, 2014
Welcome to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene Close Memorial Park! On behalf of Friends of the Garden, we are delighted you are here! You have arrived at the number one attraction of 28 in Springfield, Missouri according to Trip Advisor, a national online review site for hotels, restaurants, and attractions. “Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park” is the name that boasts that number one spot, but it is interesting to note that these grounds also hold the #10 place (Japanese Stroll Garden), the #11 place (Springfield Botanical Gardens), and the #19 place (Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center). So these 114 acres hold four of the top twenty attractions in Springfield according to the people who come and engage with all the park has to offer!
This data gives insight into two things; one is that this is a popular place! The variety of gardens and attractions here resonate with people because everyone has an earthy side that needs to get outdoors and connect with nature. It is also evidence that the many names used to reference this area can be confusing. We appreciate the Park Board’s consideration of Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park as the official reference to these gardens and attractions. We believe it truly captures what we are while maintaining and respecting history and giving appropriate recognition to donors.