Barbara Clark

Barbara Clark

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.

Barbara Clark

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:29

Lakewalk Spring

Lake views as seen in April 2015.

Monday, 29 June 2015 19:32

Lily and Collection Gardens

On June 12 showed off the Gardens to family visiting from Illinois who were so impressed. The gardens were beautiful.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 20:46

Succulent Garden from Start to Finish

This new garden is a wonderful addition which 'frames' the Botantical Center building perfectly. Pictures were taken on April 30 and June 12 2015

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 19:06

Succulent Garden-The Beginning

This is the new garden designed by Peter Longley located along the south front of the Botanical Center building in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The first step of the creation was obtaining rocks which were donated free of charge by O'Quinns Water Gardens as the business was closing. They were moved, thanks to  FOG  volunteers, to the maintenance area of the Botanical Garden and later to the garden area by said volunteers and Seth from the Parks Maintenance department who has expertise in moving huge rocks with a bobcat.

“The Succulent Garden will provide an interesting, informative and horticulturally pleasing addition to the botanical gardens,” said Paul C. Robertson, founder of the Succulent Society of the Ozarks (SSOZ), in expressing his appreciation to the volunteers.

Plants were donated by the Succulent Society of the Ozarks and others. Along with other plants, such as agave, euphoria cacti and yucca, this desert-like garden will be one to watch.

This is the garden in its beginning. Pictures were taken April 30, 2015.

Sunday, 12 April 2015 15:18

Fern and Moss Garden April 2015

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.

Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Ornamental Grass Garden February 2015

It was a very cold day on 2/10/15, but I wanted to do this before the plants were cut down.

 

Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Walkway Flora

These beautiful flowers were seen along the walkways of the Botanical Gardens in August of 2014. The plant Persian Shield Perilla is stunning. 

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Roof Garden Plaza August 2014

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.

Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

Spillway Construction 2014

These photos were taken from February through April of the construction that enriched the spillway area.

Saturday, 04 October 2014 00:00

Botanical Gardens August 2014

These sights were seen in August 2014.

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