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.
Thanks to the vision and know-how of Bill Roston and with the help of volunteers, there is a native butterfly house in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Springfield, Missouri. It is opened mid-May through September and is free to the public. Happily, the house is now open 7 days a week. The summer hours are from 10 a.m. to dusk weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.
Visiting the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House is an educational and interactive experience. In 2014, the number of official visitors was over 26,000. One can see the entire life cycle of a butterfly, enjoy the 30 host plants, and ask questions of the 40 docents and the newly hired intern. Kudos to Dr. Chris Barnhart, who as curator, trains the docents and raises thousands of butterflies and moths to show all stages of development.
This year The Butterfly House is celebrating its 7th year with the annual free Butterfly Festival. A wonderful day for young and old with "all things butterfly related". To name just a few, the activites for children include the Caterpillar Petting Zoo, the Butterfly Caterplillar and Pollinator Costume contests and Story Times. In addition, there are venders selling plants and other garden related items, with educational and interactive exhibits also. Each year, it is a special day for the family. You might even see magicians!
On June 12 showed off the Gardens to family visiting from Illinois who were so impressed. The gardens were beautiful.
This new garden is a wonderful addition which 'frames' the Botantical Center building perfectly. Pictures were taken on April 30 and June 12 2015
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.
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.