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.
I learned from Frank Shipe the information about this new garden. The area was created by Bill Roston who has been instrumental in the design and development of many gardens in the Parks.
Mosses and lichens make up the foundations of the garden. Bill and Judy, his wife of 52 years brought them from their Garden of Dreams at Honey Branch Cave in Sparta.
One unique feature, as seen in View 11 below, by Judy is the lichen abbreviation for Friends of the Garden. This organization is composed of volunteers that with money, time, and hard work make the Botanical Gardens a special venue for Springfield, Missouri.
The garden is nestled sorta between the Wildflower and Butterfly gardens in a shady area at the Springfield Botanical Gardens - 2400 S. Scenic Springfield, MO.
The pictures were taken April 9, 2015.
It was a very cold day on 2/10/15, but I wanted to do this before the plants were cut down.
These beautiful flowers were seen along the walkways of the Botanical Gardens in August of 2014. The plant Persian Shield Perilla is stunning.
This is an ever changing area as plants are tested each year for endurance to the challenging weather of Southwest Missouri. These SMU trials are under the direction of Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers. The plants are tenderly cared for by Katie Steinhoff, the director and program co-ordinator at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
These photos were taken from February through April of the construction that enriched the spillway area.
These sights were seen in August 2014.
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