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Dear Garden Friend,
It may be that the most thoughtful gift idea this season is a membership to Friends of the Garden! More and more people are realizing that giving in support of our local botanic gardens is a gift that lasts all year long.
Consider these great benefits:
-- Our Friends of the Garden newsletter tucked inside an annual subscription to Ozarks Living Magazine! This semi-monthly publication is full of great articles not only on gardening, but on travel, health and wellness and features stories of interesting people and businesses.
-- Special admission privileges and discounts at nearly 300 gardens across America! Because the Springfield Botanical Gardens places membership with the American Horticultural Society, we can pass along the benefits of their reciprocal admissions program to our members.
-- Complimentary annual admission for two to our local Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden (excluding the annual Fall Festival).
-- Discounts at local businesses including the Botanical Center Gift Shop
The personal online membership information and form is found here or you may stop by the Botanical Center Gift Shop, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807. For more information call 417.891.1515.
You also might consider surprising someone special on your gift list with a tribute purchase such as an engraved brick with their name to be placed in one of our beautiful walkways or at the Butterfly House. This token of love becomes a permanent part of history in our gardens and can be enjoyed for years to come. Tribute shrubs, trees, and benches also make great gift ideas. This link to the form will help guide you in choosing the tribute gift that would be most meaningful to you.
Thank you for your ongoing support to make the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park a wonderful place to be and a beautiful place to see! As we look to 2015 and the goals we have for enhancements and new gardens, we are grateful to you for making it all possible. Individuals and families who join Friends of the Garden and financially support the work of our volunteers provide so much for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Here is just some of the feedback we receive: "the park is beautiful", "there are so many things to do here, trails to walk, and many playgrounds for the kids", "with the lake, gardens, playgrounds, bike trails, Butterfly House, and more you could spend hours here! In my opinion, this is Springfield's best park".
In 2015, Friends of the Garden will celebrate our 15th anniversary and mark the fifth year of the botanical center opening, as the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden turns 30. If you are as excited as we are and want to make a one-time special donation to support our festivities, it would be much appreciated. And as always, it's tax deductible. We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and we hope to see you around the gardens!
Lisa Bakerink, president