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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.
Anniversary Celebration Speakers
Lenora is a proud ‘science geek’ with a degree in microbiology from Michigan State University, a career in molecular biology and a life-long interest in wildlife, especially the creepy and crawly.
A Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardener, she is a nationally known expert on butterfly gardening. She maintains a 2 acre NABA (North American Butterfly Association) certified garden on her 27 acre property, Long Lips Farm, in rural Paola, Kansas. The garden is also certified as Monarch Waystation #875, a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and as a Pollinator Garden by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She writes the Caterpillar Food Plant section for every issue of the Butterfly Gardener magazine and contributes a monthly ‘About Butterflies’ column to the Kansas City Gardener magazine.
A frequent presenter to gardening and community groups, Lenora channels her inner butterfly to combine science and entertainment. Photographs of butterflies, caterpillars and their host plants illustrate the butterflies’ field of dreams: “plant it and they will come.”
Patrick Byers is Regional Horticulture Specialist with the Greene County office of University of Missouri Extension. His educational background includes an associate degree from the University of Nebraska, a bachelor’s degree University of Missouri, and a Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, all in horticulture.
Job experience includes 3 years at the University of Arkansas Fruit Substation and 18 years as Fruit Grower Advisor at the MSU State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove, where he worked with fruit research programs and provided outreach training for commercial fruit farmers.
His current position of regional horticulture specialist with MU Extension includes outreach programming for commercial fruit and vegetable farmers and home horticulture for 9 counties in the southwest Missouri region. Byers coordinates Master Gardener and Master Naturalist chapters, and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, biking, native botany, and photography,
Tres Fromme: Principal 3. Fromme Design
3. Fromme Design’s work focuses on intensely organization and site-specific public space and garden collaborations throughout the country. He brings a vast knowledge of horticulture, garden precedents, aesthetics, and design to each project.
Fromme is known for his expertise with facilitating team-based creative group process and input to create compelling and memorable places that invest participants in the outcomes. His designs all creatively innovate within the traditions and diverse contexts of the project. A proponent of experiential design, he choreographs relationships among people, spaces, and plants. For a decade Fromme led planning and design at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He is currently the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Landscape Design and Planning Manager.
- University of Georgia, Master of Landscape Architecture, 1996
- University of Delaware, Honors Bachelor of Plant Science; concentration in Ornamental Horticulture Summa Cum Laude, 1993
Selected Public Garden Projects
- Atlanta Botanical Garden Edible Garden; Garden Lights/Holiday Nights
- Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville/Smithgall Woodland Gardens
- Bok Tower Gardens Master Plan
- Carleen Bright Arboretum Master Plan
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden Master Plan
- Desert Botanical Garden Desert Terraces and Portal
- Huntsville Botanical Garden Core Master Plan
- Longwood Gardens East Conservatory and Indoor Children’s Garden
- Tulsa Botanic Garden Children’s Discovery Garden and Floral Terraces
- United States Botanic Garden Terrace Gardens
Please Join Us!
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.