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Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
This 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.


30 Years Old! Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

30 Years Old! Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden Hosts the 20th Japanese Fall Festival September 11-13

Compiled by George Freeman, published Ozarks Living Magazine, Aug/Sept 2015

In a year of remarkable anniversaries, the 20th Japanese Fall Festival is scheduled for September 11-13  in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. 2015 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Springfield Botanical Garden’s oldest garden creation, and now the number one visitor destination in the gardens and Springfield according the Trip Advisor.

Beginning in 1985, the Botanical Society designed many of the plantings and landscaping in the central area of the stroll garden and other areas. Back then, the main entrance was through the Zen Garden on the south side of the 7.5 acres.

Yuriko Mizumoto Scott - Namesake of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll GardenYuriko Mizumoto Scott in her kimono - Photo by George FreemanAn extraordinary friend of the garden comes to mind. The garden’s namesake, Yuriko Mizumoto Scott, born in Yokohama, Japan, came to the United States in 1950 as the first war bride after World War II, and moved to the Ozarks in 1951. She still lives on a farm near Elkland, north of Marshfield. It took an act of Congress to allow her to come to the Ozarks. By one estimate, 300,000 foreign war brides moved to the United States following the passage of the War Brides Act of 1945. She remains a passionate supporter of the gardens.

“This is my home. I have lived here so long, and I’m involved with a lot of church activities,” she explains. “I enjoy sharing my culture with visitors to the Mizumoto Japanese Garden.”

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden began as a cooperative effort 30 years ago between the Springfield/Greene County Parks Department and what was then the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri (now incorporated into Friends of the Garden), and now is part of the 114-acre Springfield Botanical Gardens, which includes Nathanael Greene Park and the Close Memorial Gardens at 2400 S. Scenic Avenue.

Assistance in park development was received from Springfield’s Japanese Sister City of Isesaki, Japan. In 1990 members of the Isesaki Garden Association designed and installed the small dry bed that is located by the Moon Bridge.

The Moon Bridge and Tea House are replicas of the bridge and tea house found in the Japanese Garden in Fort Worth, Texas. The bridge was built in Louisiana of cypress. Tile for the roof came from Japan.

The ponds were stocked with Japanese Koi that were only found in the Imperial Garden of Japan until after the end of World War II. Koi means “brocaded carp.”

Expansion of the Meditative Garden was completed 2011, along with numerous other garden projects.

Admission is $3; and free for children ages 12 and younger and members of Friends of the Garden. Fish food is available for sale.

Funds for the purchase of plants, the construction of the Moon Bridge, Tea House, Bonsai Shelter, Moon Viewing Deck, Meditation Garden, Entrance Gate, Water Garden and the purchase of the 13-level carved stone tower were raised by the Botanical Society from many sources that include the Missouri Department of Conservation, Springfield Area Garden Clubs, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Close Foundation, the Springfield Watergarden Society and members of the Botanical Society through their dues. And, of course, Yuriko Mizumoto Scott.

Visitors to the garden will discover a 10-ton Alaskan Jade Rock brought to Springfield by the late Joe Green, who hired a specially reinforced plane to transport the boulder to Seattle and then to Springfield by train. On several occasions, Japanese gardeners from Isesaki have worked extensively in the stroll garden to help refine the design and prune plantings.

Image Gallery

To view an Image gallery of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden by photographer Barbara Clark use this link.

Information about the annual Japanese Fall Festival

For more information about the annual fall festival visit http://peacethroughpeople.org. For events and hours of operation of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden visit The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden page.

Compiled by George Freeman, published in Ozarks Living Magazine Aug/Sept 2015 (www.OzarksLivng.com).

Stroll Through Time; The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden's History

Friends of the Garden Newsletter Aug/Sept 2013

By George Freeman, Editor

 

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.

Read more: Stroll Through Time; The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden's History

The Rest of the Story: Water Features at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll 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..."

Read more: The Rest of the Story: Water Features at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Springfield Botanical Gardens, Three Gardens With National and International Recognition

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.

Read more: Springfield Botanical Gardens, Three Gardens With National and International Recognition

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden the Newest Member of the North American Japanese Garden Association

Information furnished by Don Schmidt 

Thanks to Don and Nancy Schmidt, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is the newest member of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA). 

NAJGA is a professional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement and sustainability of more than 250 Japanese gardens located throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was formed in 2011 with input from over 200 garden professionals and supported by The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership. NAJGA focuses on all aspects of Japanese gardens through a variety of programs and services, including workshops and seminars as well as fundraisers.

Member gardens include the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and now that Don and Nancy have joined NAJGA, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be listed as a member. They had 140 members. Now they have 141. NAJGA did not know that there was a Japanese Garden in Springfield until they signed up and attended the Memphis NJGA 2013 regional workshops on May 1st. 

NAJGA Executive Director, Diana Larowe, plans to feature the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in their next annual Journal which will give the garden considerable national and international exposure.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is located at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417.891.1515. 

For more information on the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) visit www.najga.org

Find a NAJGA Japanese garden near you or visit one on your next vacation trip, use Garden Finder: http://www.najga.org/cfm/gardenFinder.cfm

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden Events & Hours

ANNUAL EVENTS

  • CHERRY BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL – APRIL
  • JAPANESE FALL FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER

Garden is located at:
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
2400 South Scenic
Springfield, MO 65807

OPEN APRIL - OCTOBER

  • HOURS 9:00 AM TO 7:30
  • CLOSED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
  • ADMISSION $3.00 FOR ADULTS
  • CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE

FRIENDS OF THE GARDEN MEMBERS ARE ALSO FREE!