1975, Nathanael Greene Park, 59 acres, is created. The property was donated to the City of Springfield as surplus property from the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Prisons. The park is named after Nathanael Greene (August 7, 1742 – June 19, 1786) who was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Many places in the United States are named for him including Greene County (Greene County, organized in 1833) and Nathanael Greene Park which is now owned and operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
1984, Gray-Campbell Farmstead is relocated to Nathanael Greene Park. The Gray/Campbell Farmstead is the oldest house in Springfield, Mo. Along with the oldest house in Springfield, circa 1856, there is a log kitchen, a two crib barn, and a log granary. The House was built by James Price Gray and was later sold to his brother-in law, John Polk Campbell, nephew and name-sake of the founder of the city of Springfield. The house was occupied by the Campbell family from 1865 to the 1950's and was moved to the Nathanael Greene Park in 1984 when the Kansas and James River Expressways were constructed. 1985, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is created on 7.5 acres. 1986, Springfield Sister City relationship with Isesaki, Japan. 1994, Master Gardeners developed the original demonstration garden on land provided by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. 2001, the garden was completely reworked and expanded. 1998, 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. The same year, Friends of the Garden was formed to support the park and now creates and maintains the botanical gardens. 2000, Friends of the Garden incorporates as foundation to raise funds for the Botanical Center. Drummond Lake was stabilized, and a rose garden created. 2001, Close Memorial Park, opened in June, includes 55 acres, sited for an arboretum includes a number of mature trees, good soil and plenty of water in the form of the pond and a small stream that trickles across the area. 2003, A Missouri Department of Conservation grant helped expand the park and clear it to create open space. Each year since, thanks to funds from the Close family and the work of volunteers, more gardens have been added and existing gardens expanded. 2006, Greene County voters approve $3 million for Botanical Center. 2004, The Butterfly Garden and 2009, Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House features host and nectar plants to attract native Missouri butterflies.
2009, Construction of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center is begun and scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2010. Designed by H Design Group of Springfield, the Botanical Center will be an energy-efficient “green” building and will seek LEED certification.
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center2400 S. Scenic AveSpringfield, MO 65807
Hours:Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 8 PMSunday 11 AM - 6 PM
Download a Comprehensive Park Brochure of Favorite Features: Botanical Center & Gardens Brochure (782.17 kB)
The Botanical Center Facility as well as outdoor garden venues are available for rent. Before you call, please read the policies and fee schedules, available at the link below. Private events are scheduled on a first come, first scheduled basis.
For Rental Information and other inquiries:Katie Steinhoff - Coordinator
OrPeter Longley - Horticultural Interpreter
Friends of the Garden, Inc. PO Box 8566 Springfield, MO 65801 417.891.1515 | EMAIL
The Friends of the Garden mission is to "inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."