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Thanks to Don and Nancy Schmidt, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is the newest member of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA).
NAJGA is a professional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and sustainability of more than 250 Japanese gardens located throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was formed in 2011 with input from over 200 garden professionals and supported by The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership. NAJGA focuses on all aspects of Japanese gardens through a variety of programs and services, including workshops and seminars as well as fundraisers.
Member gardens include the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and now that Don and Nancy have joined NAJGA, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be listed as a member. They had 140 members. Now they have 141. NAJGA did not know that there was a Japanese Garden in Springfield until they signed up and attended the Memphis NJGA 2013 regional workshops on May 1st.
NAJGA Executive Director, Diana Larowe, plans to feature the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in their next annual Journal which will give the garden considerable national and international exposure.
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is located at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417.891.1515.
For more information on the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) visit www.najga.org
Find a NAJGA Japanese garden near you or visit one on your next vacation trip, use Garden Finder: http://www.najga.org/cfm/gardenFinder.cfm
Southwest Missouri Camera Club is offering a series of workshops including basic photography, a focus on flowers, and a matting and framing course just in time for the annual Nature in the Park Photography Contest. Participants can sharpen their photography skills and submit a photo now or by end of June to be exhibited during the Annual Butterfly Festival. For a complete set of rules on how to enter the photo contest and prizes visit: swmocameraclub.org. The contest is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Garden and SWMO Camera Club.
Episode: Produced and broadcast by OPT OzarksWatch Video Magazine
With host Dale Moore, original air date 10/10/11
Watch The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Gardens and Complex on PBS. See more from KOZK.
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Gardens and Complex at Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Parks, is an amazing collection of specialty gardens and historical and educational exhibits. Jodie Adams, Marthe and Major Close, George Deatz and Kenny Knauer introduce us to the history of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Gardens and Complex and its overall beauty that anyone will enjoy. (The original broadcast date was 18 months ago. It was recently added to the OPT video archives and made available.)
Our official opening on May 11, was planned to coincide with National Public Gardens Day, a celebration of public gardens around the country. The house was open from 10am-6pm and we featured an afternoon butterfly release inside the house. Prior to that, the butterfly house was unlocked and open to the public during April to view the early spring butterflies who nectared on the lilac bushes and other small flowers that had emerged with the early warm temperatures. The official last day of operation was Sunday, October 7.
A total of 22,448 people visited the house in this time, nearly 5,500 more than last season. This was largely due to an expansion of days and hours made possible by a greater volunteer base. Posted hours remained Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5pm-dusk and Saturdays and Sundays from 10a-6p. Thanks to a volunteer group that continued growing in number throughout the season, the house was able to be scheduled open most weekday evenings and many daytime hours during the week as well. A total of 60 volunteers have recorded close to 3800 service hours in collecting butterflies, growing plants, raising livestock, watering, weeding, pruning, hosting tours, and working scheduled shifts, greeting and educating visitors. We had and have a great group of docents who love their work and who can’t wait to share their enthusiasm of Lepidoptera with others.
Friends of the Garden is constantly seeking funds to further our beautiful gardens, expand, maintain and develop programs of interest to the public, However, we did not have a plan in place that directly addressed the desires of the board of directors or that matched our mission statement. While trying to seek funding, it became apparent that foundations, corporations and even individuals required a detailed strategic plan for how we planned to exist and use funding for the next few years. In June of 2012, the Board of Directors listed priorities for our organization: first of all our gardens, secondly, educating the community about nature and lastly being a resource to the community and catering to the needs of the public. The Executive Committee then held a day long study session to turn lists into goals and strategies. The final product, The Sustainability Plan 2013-2014 was brought to the board at the October Board meeting and board members were to identify and commit to areas of the plan where they could make the goals and strategies happen. Our overall goal now is make the Sustainability Plan a living and working document, defining the ways in which we operate and prioritize our volunteer time. If and when holes become apparent in the plan it is our intention to bring in professional training to assist in steering us in the direction to complete our plan.
Sustainability Plan 2013-2014 (4.03 MB)
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