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 Net. From such searching, I have an ever growing list of Web sites. These can be viewed HERE. One plant was unknown for 2 years.
I became a member after picking up a Friends of the Garden brochure at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and talking with George Deatz. The development and growth of both Parks, which are now called the "Springfield Botanical Gardens," has been very impressive. With more gardens and attractions planned, I am so looking forward to photographing the beautiful plants and flowers.
On 4-3-14, the gardens were beginning to come alive.
It is so good to have the Stroll garden open! The sound of the running water is wonderful.
In 2013 the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) rewarded years of teamwork by numerous community volunteers, employees with Springfield-Greene County Parks, and Don and Nancy Schmidt by giving the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden membership.
These pictures were taken March 11th when our area got a hint of Spring. Some are different views of others I have posted.
It was good to see Peter Longley who was on his way to tend his wonderful English Garden. Picture 19
These photos were taken February 18th, 2014. The first time for a photo-taking tour after a spell of bad weather.
Scenes of the Lake Drummond with low water while the spillway construction is in progress.
This garden is special in every Season, even after February, when all the grasses are cut to the ground.
This garden is so pleasing to the eyes.
Pictures from the Close Park early Summer and Fall 2013.
In picture 09, hope you can see the identifcation signs. Sadly, recently 40 were stolen.
Thanks to Richard Jacob, administrator, for fixing this page and his help and advice for the future.
October 17, 2013 was a ideal day temperature -wise to enjoy this beautiful peaceful park. Thanks to all who worked so hard on the recent improvements. Great job. The sound of the rushing water from the new water features was music to my ears.
For information about the Stroll Garden see below.
Video of recent improvements (Or just scroll down the page to watch the video.)
Trees seen October 17, 2013.
Becoming a member of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) in 2013 was a result of the hard work of a number of community volunteers and employees with Springfield-Greene County Parks working with Don and Nancy Schmidt over the years to maintain and improve the beauty of this garden.