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by Lisa Bakerink
President-Friends of the Garden, Inc.
October of this year marks five years since I have been part of the Friends of the Garden organization. It has been wonderful to share in the planning and growth of the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park! I have also very much enjoyed the many people, volunteers and staff that I have been privileged to work with and whom I now call friends.
Also, in October of this year, we will pause briefly from our work to celebrate three important milestones:
- The Botanical Center Building was built and dedicated 5 years ago
- In conjunction with the donation of Close Memorial Park, Friends of the Garden was organized and incorporated 15 years ago
- The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden was built and opened in 1985 or 30 years ago.
5-15-30 – sounds like a good fertilizer for Growing Strong which is the theme of our celebration on October 2 & 3, 2015. On Friday evening, October 2, we are planning a reception, dinner, and silent auction at the Darr Agricultural Center. Our keynote speaker will be noted garden designer Tres Fromme who is featured in this summer's edition of Garden Design magazine.
On Saturday, October 3, we begin in the morning at the Botanical Center with a garden symposium featuring Tres Fromme, Lenora Larson, and Patrick Byers. Following will be lunch on the roof top plaza where local chefs will share great cuisine to sample. Then enjoy garden tours and a variety of activities for all ages including monarch tagging.
Please consider this as a personal invitation to attend our party! We so appreciate our volunteers and partners and hope you will mark your calendars now as we celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to Growing Gtrong into the future! Be sure to check our website and social media sites for more details in the next several weeks.