Mizumoto Japanese Stroll GardenThis classic Japanese garden on 7 1/2 acres treats visitors to beautiful and serene winding paths, meditation and water gardens, a tea house, a moon bridge, a pagoda, and more.
Friends of the Garden Newsletter Aug/Sept 2013
By George Freeman, Editor Greene Magazine
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden began as a cooperative effort 27 years ago between the Springfield/Greene County Parks Department and what was then the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri (now the Springfield Botanical Gardens and Friends of the Garden).
Beginning in 1985, the Botanical Society designed many of the plantings and landscaping in the central area of the garden and other areas. The main entrance was then through the Zen Garden on the south side of the garden.
Developed from an exchange between Don Schmidt and George Deatz
Don Schmidt and I had an exchange about the actual team effort necessary to improve the extensive water features in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO. It was mentioned that the team consisted of not only the volunteers but a group of dedicated Springfield-Greene County Parks Department employees, working behind the scenes, that really made the difference in completing this wonderful community project. After our exchange it became obvious that we needed to tell "The Rest of the Story." George
Don noted, "I have wanted to see some credit given by Friends of the Garden (FOG) to the Parks employees in regards to the water features at the Japanese Stroll Garden (JSG). I would like to provide a summary of how things came about and who did what... Why now? Well... I have observed recently. 1- A boat load of favorable comments by visitors into the garden about this specific feature. 2- Mike Mills and his guys do deserve credit and kudos for the water features..."
By Peter Longley
How long will it take us to achieve our goals? In a public garden I imagine we will never achieve our goals as we will always be a work in progress, but some milestones have been reached out at the Springfield Botanical Gardens for which we can justifiably be proud. In a space of little more than twelve years, and mostly within the last eight years, we have received considerable national attention, even international recognition.
Last Friday, we received the wonderful news that our beautiful Hosta Garden tended by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society currently under the dynamic leadership of Tom Lakowske, has been certified by the American Hosta Society as a listed national display garden for hostas, taking its place in a body of less than twenty such gardens in the nation. This announcement was made at the AHS National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
With Nancy Schmidt and Ben Kellner with City View host Kelly Rostic. Enjoy this short informative video.
Garden is located at: Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 2400 So. Scenic Springfield, Mo 65807
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