The concert to benefit the Sensory Garden will include a silent auction of works by local artists, including three original paintings by Peter Longley, horticultural interpreter at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
Guitarist Richard Patterson joins Bettine Clemen in benefit concert.
Bettine Clemen will perform in concert for a third time on Thursday Aug. 21, to benefit the planned Sensory Garden. She will be joined this year by guitarist Richard Patterson at the Springfield Art Museum in “A Love Song for All Life.” It will feature light classics, Latin, pop, and ethnic music combined with stunning film from nature all over the world. This fundraiser will be in the auditorium at the Springfield Art Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. The concert will be followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.Tickets are $45 beginning June 1, and can be purchased at the Botanical Center, the Springfield Art Museum.
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.
Editor's Note: This comprehensive list is compiled and updated by Friend of the Garden volunteer Barbara Clark. The site with almost 100 websites currently listed has had over 5000 visitors stop by to learn something new about plants. We don't think you'll find a more complete list of websites dedicated to plant identification and information anywhere! Thanks, Barb!
My interest in flowers and photography began by walking the Ozark Greenways trails. Seeing many unknown plants, both along the paths and in my yard from spreading seed, I began trying to identity each one. This became easier after I received a digital camera. Now I can look at a computer photo and compare it with one found on the Internet. From this searching, I have developed an ever growing list of informative websites. One plant was unknown to me for 2 years before I found it. The detailed revised list can be viewed here: http://thebotanicalcenter.org/internet-plant-sites
I first saw Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park while walking the South Creek Greenway trail. At that time there were only a few gardens. I became interested in Friends of the Garden (FOG) after picking up a brochure at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and talking with George Deatz. I have marveled at the development and growth of both parks and I'm looking forward to exploring the Springfield Botanical Gardens, seeing the proposed new gardens, and taking more pictures of all the beautiful plants and flowers.