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Introduction written by Peter Longley, Horticultural Interpreter
Katie Steinhoff views the "Peace Pole" placed at the new Peace Garden. Photo by Frank Shipe.Saturday, June 22, featured the dedication of one of our newest gardens at the park—the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden is actually one of the furthest gardens from the Botanical Center. It is situated south of the Dwarf Conifer Garden, which is looking particularly nice at the moment, and east of Lake Drummond. This garden is the brainchild of Mariel Cardwell and gives a wonderful message for visitors to our beautiful botanical gardens. Gardens are one of the greatest unifying forces in bringing peace across boundaries. This was recently illustrated for me at the American Public Gardens Association conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where representatives from the Royal Botanic Garden in Jordan met with members of the Jerusalem Botanical Garden, the Botanical Garden of Lebanon, and gardens from Pakistan, and shared their enthusiasm for the preservation of their desert plants from their arid climates without any reference to the political tensions of the Middle East.
This ‘Peace Garden’ is dedicated to peace and to peacemakers everywhere: within the family, in the community, around our country, and throughout the world. The garden was developed in memory of Joan Collins, teacher, librarian, and peace activist, who headed the Peace Network of the Ozarks for many years. The peace pillar and benches are of Missouri marble from a local quarry. The words, “Let there be peace on Earth” on the pillar are in four languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic. There are six peace symbols on the benches, representing many parts of the world. The dove is universal, the palm tree represents North Africa, the lion the Pacific north-west of America, the turtle the South Pacific, the doe Tibet, and the lion and the lamb the Middle East. It is expected that a Japanese crane will also be added. We hope people will visit the garden, contemplate the possibility of peace in our world, and dedicate themselves to helping achieve a more peaceful world.
It has just been announced that the Hosta Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., has been designated an American Hosta Society National Display Garden. The garden was established and is maintained by by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. Tom Lakowske, GOHS President, received the phone call yesterday afternoon from member Lee Coates who is attending the AHS National Convention in Milwaukee, WI.
This honor and designation comes after hours of hard work by Tom and other volunteers from the Hosta Society, Friends of the Garden, Master Gardeners of Greene County, other organizations and individuals to develop the garden so it qualified for this special national recognition. Now one of only a few (18) designated display gardens nationwide, what a special asset this garden has become for Springfield and the State of Missouri.
The AHS National Display Garden Program: http://www.americanhostasociety.org/DisplayGardens.html Springfield will be added to this list to become number 18.
For more information on the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society visit their website: www.gohs.org
By Peter Longley
How long will it take us to achieve our goals? In a public garden I imagine we will never achieve our goals as we will always be a work in progress, but some milestones have been reached out at the Springfield Botanical Gardens for which we can justifiably be proud. In a space of little more than twelve years, and mostly within the last eight years, we have received considerable national attention, even international recognition.
Last Friday, we received the wonderful news that our beautiful Hosta Garden tended by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society currently under the dynamic leadership of Tom Lakowske, has been certified by the American Hosta Society as a listed national display garden for hostas, taking its place in a body of less than twenty such gardens in the nation. This announcement was made at the AHS National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Information furnished by Don Schmidt
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.)
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