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Compiled by Barbara Clark, Revised December 2013
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.
Prepared by Bob Childress, Garden Chair
Thank you to all the volunteers this past year, including Friends of the Garden members, other Park Partners and their volunteers. We also had several important groups that volunteered throughout the year: Kids Across America, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch and Missouri State University student volunteers, plus about 200 volunteers from the Missouri United Methodist Church who were in Springfield for their annual convention last summer. These groups mulched, spread gravel, dead headed plants, weeded gardens and sealed all the wood directional and garden Guide by Cell signs.
This year was a catch-up year due to limited funding for actual garden growth. Frank Mason with other volunteers did complete and run irrigation lines in the Peace and Propagation Gardens, added irrigation lines in the Rose Garden plus ran a power line to the Peace Garden.
By Peter Longley, Horticultural Interpreter
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens
An attractive picket fence surrounds a shaded walnut grove where is found one of the most recent hosta gardens to gain AHS National Display Garden status. This is the Hosta Garden in Close Memorial Park at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Missouri and maintained by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. Wrought iron gates into the garden carry a significant sign that says: Visitors welcome: the Fence is for the Geese. Geese can be a problem in the Springfield Botanical Gardens but this sign has more significance because of a historical accident that led to the planning of this fenced-in area. In 1999, the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society’s first major attempt to establish a hosta garden in Springfield was at Springfield-Greene County Dickerson Park Zoo, but the freshly planted garden was swiftly devastated by geese. When Close Memorial Park was dedicated in June, 2001, it was decided to establish a bigger hosta garden there, but in consideration of the geese, the fence was built around the area when the garden was developed in 2002. The fence seems to do its job as geese rarely wander into the hosta area, and the grove of walnut trees discourages them from flying in. Attractive wrought iron gates into a garden, however, even if originally installed for a practical reason, do give to this garden an element of mystery and secrecy.
These photos by Sandra Letson accompanied the original article in The Hosta Journal. Click on any thumbnail to see larger image/slide show.
Message and pictures from Dr. Chris Barnhart.....
Thanks to everyone for helping make the live displays – the Caterpillar Petting Zoo and the Butterfly House – outstanding this year. Butterflies were scarce outside, but we had more variety and numbers of our favorite critters this year than ever before. We displayed at least 16 species of caterpillars!
The crowd at the CPZoo was non-stop, and everyone got their questions answered thanks to our skilled crew of cat-wranglers- Barb, Roy, Rachel, Patrick, Steve, Christy, Sarah, Adam, Lindsay, Grant, and…I’m probably leaving somebody out…Specials included Kevin’s variegated fritillary chrysalid ‘jewelry box’, Dorothy Thurman’s dagger cat, and Lisa’s monarch larva that molted to chrysalis in the middle of the show. Grant flinging catalpa cats at children was entertaining too. The new signs showing host plants and life cycle for each species seemed to be a hit- we want to do more to emphasize the native plant-butterfly connection.
Most of those caterpillars will be butterflies and moths in a couple of weeks, so the Butterfly House will continue to have lots to show in August.
A few pictures (49) are posted here: https://picasaweb.google.com/106900152529530917146/2013ButterflyFestival?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Best wishes, Chris Barnhart
Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807 ~ Phone 417.891.1515
We have not changed the "posted hours" of Tues/Wed 5-dusk and Sat/Sun 10a-6p, however, when people ask, we feel safe in saying that we are open every weeknight 5-dusk and Sat/Sun 10a-6p. The Botanical Center staff have the schedule bookmarked so when guests inquire about hours, they have the most up to date information on volunteer schedules, phone 417.891.1515.
With words from Lisa Bakerink followed by Robin Hoover
Dear Heavenly Father, We ask your blessing on the people gathered here today and we ask for your presence to be with us. Thank you for the gift of life and for the promise of new life together with you and all our loved ones for eternity. Amen
Bronze Statue in Memory of Jon-Michael Eubanks
It is with both a joyful and a somber heart that I stand here today to accept and dedicate this statue in loving memory of a very special young man, Jon-Michael Eubanks.
This statue resided in the backyard of his mother’s home, for several years in remembrance of his life. Now, Robin and her husband Randy, have decided to share his life and memory with all of us and the thousands of people that enjoy the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
On behalf of Friends of the Garden, we gladly accept this playful and lively statue that embodies all we love about children. As visitors enter the park and see this statue and the others here of children playing, the message certainly comes through… "children are precious and children are welcome here." I hope many people stop to read the plaque engraved for Jon-Michael, and as they do, may they reflect on the blessing of their own children and give thanks for them.
Robin and Randy, thank you for your thoughtful gift to the gardens. We hope you visit often and that you find a measure of peace in the serene beauty of these grounds. (Lisa Bakerink)
Thoughts and memories from Robin Hoover
Jon-Michael Eubanks was born on Wednesday, March 9th, 1983 at 2:59 p.m.
It was such an honor, privilege, and adventure to be Jon-Michael Eubanks’ mom.
Jon-Michael loved sports, music, animals, nature, his family, and his friends.
He loved to ride bikes and began to BMX race in 1996. He achieved many awards racing in BMX, including placing 3rd in his division in the 1997 National BMX Competition held in Oklahoma City, OK.
Jon-Michael was a very loving young man. He lost his right leg below the knee at the age of 17, but that did not keep him from working and trying to achieve his goals. But alas, complications got the better of him in April of 2001.
Our lives forever changed when he went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 30th, 2001.
My heart yearns for him every day. So, to honor him, I happily donate this statue of a boy doing a handstand to the Close Memorial Park in my son, Jon-Michael Eubanks, name and memory. We hope it gives a smile and pleasure to all who gaze upon it. And for those who knew him, that it will bring a sense of closeness and hope.
I look forward to the day our Father in Heaven reunites us. Until then, thank you for your continuing support and love for my wonderful son, Jon-Michael Eubanks.
Sincerely, Robin Hoover
Note from George
This wonderful gift In the memory of Jon-Michael Eubanks is located near the flag pole in front of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
The bronze boy has joined two other pieces in the area, a girl doing a footstand and a boy with his dog on a log. These two pieces were initially located in the original Children's Garden that was located near where the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House now stands.
After vandalism that included the actual theft of the original bronze boy doing a handstand and the destruction of a boy and girl on a teeter totter, the remaining two pieces were stored until the new building with it's security system was in place.
Now almost three years after the Botanical Center was opened Robin and Randy's gift completes three of the four original grouping of bronze statues welcoming children to our gardens. George Deatz
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