Who We Are

Friends of the Garden, Inc.


Who We Are and Why...

Friends of the Garden is all about YOU! It’s that simple. We are one, or we are not. You define us when you join us in FOG, when you volunteer, when you get personally involved, when you tell your friends, when you realize that the public gardens in Springfield belong to all of us.

As the gardens in Close Memorial and Nathanael Greene Parks grow, so do we grow..

Dr. Bill Roston

Dr. Bill Roston works in the
Butterfly House

We are Volunteers

We are volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the gardens in Close Memorial Park.

We are Honorary Lifetime Members:
  • Bob Childress
  • Major Close
  • Dr. Stan Horsch
  • Dr. Bill Roston
  • Bettine Clemen
  • George Deatz
  • Yuriko Mizumoto Scott

The Essential Ingredient

Without support from people like you, these gardens, the Botanical Center, our group would not exist. You are the essential ingredient which makes it possible for future generations to enjoy the experience of these parks.

Friends of the Garden Logo

The FOG Logo


Although Friends of the Garden was formally recognized in 1998, development of the gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks dates back to 1975 when the federal government signed over surplus property to Springfield for park development.

Growth of the gardens began in stages, beginning with the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, which brought historic buildings to the park. The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens were created in 1985. Close Memorial Park was established in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board in 1998, its purchase made possible through a donation from the C.M. Close family.

Two-Fold Mission

Friends of the Garden has a two-fold mission:

  • First is to serve as a non-profit fund-raising foundation. Now that the Botanical Center is open, our priority is to expand and endow the gardens.
  • The second is just as vital: to grow our membership to provide a volunteer base to develop and maintain the gardens. Our mission is ongoing.


Become a Friend of the Garden

Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
  • Friends of the Garden
  • PO Box 8566
  • Springfield, MO 65801
Renewable FOG memberships start at $35. Benefits include the FOG newsletter, opportunities to purchase logo wear, free admission with a guest to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens for one year – with more to come. Join us, won’t you?

Donate to Friends of the Garden

Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
  • Friends of the Garden
  • PO Box 8566
  • Springfield, MO 65801

Or make a donation with a major credit card using the secure PayPal payment service.

Become a Friend of the Garden

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