Hiltrud "Sam" Webber

I was baptized, Hiltrud Maria Masuch, in Domnau, County Bartenstein, East Prussia, Germany. During WW II, my mother, brother and I fled from the Russian invasion. In 1959 I came to the US to increase the knowledge of my business English. Instead I studied entomology and eventually specialized in Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). I kept a large butterfly garden. Hence my interest in flowers. I am married with children.
Hiltrud “Sam” Webber

Hiltrud "Sam" Webber passed away unexpectedly in August 2011. This memorial gallery has both photographs she posted plus many others contributed from her extensive library of photographs of the plants, scenes and attractions found throughout Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. She is missed by many but by viewing her collection of photographs, you can appreciate her love of flowers, shrubs, trees, insects,and other attractions found throughout the Parks as seen through her eyes.You can tour the Botanical Center's grounds and many beautiful gardens with a few clicks of your mouse.

Photographs by Hiltrud "Sam" Webber
Galleries designed by Barbara Clark
Introduction by George Deatz

Editor's Note: Please also visit Sam's YouTube gallery which is a collection of her photos in a slide show format. Also visit Sam's resurrected website: ofbooksandbutterflies.com.

Website URL: http://ofbooksandbutterflies.com/

Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:00

Here are photos that did not fit in any other gallery.

This is the last gallery of pictures taken by Hiltrud "Sam" Webber.

When I began this project in early September 2011, my goal was to preserve her photographs and to show the beauty of the many gardens in the Parks which are ever changing. Choosing from thousands of pictures was challenging but enjoyable. Sadly, some of quality and beauty was lost in many photos because of the website's file size restrictions.

After seeing how Sam loved photography and the Parks, hope you are inspired to experience this extraordinary area for yourself. If you do, I am sure you will return often. Since these galleries are at your fingertips for reference, please enjoy them frequently and invite others to join you.


My gratitude to George Deatz, past president and board member of Friends of the Garden for his advice, guidance, and faith in me.  Also to RJ Jacob, FOG Administrator, for his assistance and patience, I am truly appreciative.   

A special thank-you to those who assisted in the identification of many flowers:

Clydette Alsup-Egbers
Renae Bernskoetter
George Deatz
Brian Edmond
Peter Longley
Frank Shipe
Barbara St Clair
Katie Steinhoff
Pam Trewatha

Doing this project has been an honor. Barb Clark


Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

Sam saw these in September.

 

 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

More flowers seen in September by Sam.

 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:00

 Sam photographed these in October .

 

Saturday, 07 July 2012 00:00

July flowers as seen by Sam.

 

Saturday, 07 July 2012 00:00

More July flowers from Sam.

 

Saturday, 07 July 2012 00:00

Flowers seen in August by Sam.

 

Saturday, 30 June 2012 00:00

Flowers seen by Sam in June.

 

Saturday, 30 June 2012 00:00

More flowers seen in June by Sam.

 

Saturday, 30 June 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of flowers blooming in June.

 

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

More from Sam of plants in this garden area.

 

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

Photos from Sam of this pretty area.

 

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

Sam's photos of this special place.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of these pretty flowers.

Thursday, 28 June 2012 00:00

Pictures from Sam of this colorful plant.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00

Sam's photos of these remarkable gardens.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00

Flowers seen in these Gardens as photographed by Sam.

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00

More pictures of flowers found in these Gardens from Sam.

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00

Flowers seen in this area by Sam.

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:00

More photos from Sam of these Gardens.

 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

Spring pictures of this special place from Sam.

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.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of this beautiful Garden.

The beauty of this garden is maintained and improved by numerous community volunteers and employees of the
Springfield-Greene County Parks under the leadership of Don and Nancy Schmidt. This labor of love was rewarded in 2013 by the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) when the garden became a member of the association.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

Such a beautiful place in the Fall as shown by Sam.

 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.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of this unique place.

This garden became a member of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) in 2013. Teamwork involving a number of community volunteers and employees with Springfield-Greene County Parks working with  Don and Nancy Schmidt over years have developed the current beauty of the garden.

Saturday, 19 May 2012 00:00

Here are some photos of May flowers from Sam.

 

Saturday, 19 May 2012 00:00

More of Sam's May flowers.

 

Saturday, 19 May 2012 00:00

May was another busy month for Sam.

 

Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of this garden in the early years.

 

Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of this new garden.

Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

Sam showed the variety of this area.

 

Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:00

The beauty of flowers blooming in April bySam.

 

Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:00

Here are more April flowers from Sam.

 

Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:00

Sam was busy in April.

 

Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:00

Sam captured the wonder of this area.

Sunday, 29 April 2012 00:00

Columbine flowers by Sam.

Monday, 09 April 2012 18:56
Sam's photos of these pretty flowers.
Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

This unique garden seen through Sam's eyes.

Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

Peony garden as seen by Sam.

Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

Sam's photos of these flowers that bring a smile.

The text of the following information came from George Deatz.

In 2012 this garden's extensive daylily collection of around 850 varieties was certified by the American Hemerocallis Society as a National Daylily Display Garden. The garden's unique historic beds were additionally recognized as one of the top Historic Daylily Display Gardens in the country, "making it one of a very select club."

Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

Some of the beauty of this garden by Sam.

Monday, 02 April 2012 00:00

Flowers found in this garden from Sam.

 

Monday, 02 April 2012 00:00

These flowers that make this garden a very special place.

 

Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00

Sam caught the striking beauty of this unique garden created and maintained by Peter Longley.

Saturday, 10 March 2012 00:00
Sam must have loved this unique Hosta Garden. There is a granite bench in her memory placed in the southeast corner of the garden (photo 22 by George Deatz). One could spend many hours learning about all the different varieties of this beautiful plant. Also many weddings occur each year in the peaceful setting of the garden which includes a beautiful waterfall.
 
In 2013 the garden was designated by the American Hosta Society as a National Hosta Display Garden. It is currently one of only 18 nationally designated gardens in America. The credit goes to Tom Lakowske, the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society and Friends of the Garden members plus many other community volunteers. Their hard work creating and maintaining this special area is well received by all who visit.
 

 

Saturday, 10 March 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of another very peaceful garden.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of the entrance area.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00

Sam's pictures of these beautiful flowers. Can almost smell their fragrance.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 00:00

The beauty of white flora from Sam.

 

Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

Sam captured the joy to see these flowers that signify Spring is almost here.

 

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Spring trees Sam saw in the Parks.

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Photos of Spring and Summer trees by Sam.

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Sam's photos of colorful trees in the Fall.

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

Here are some photos of birds seen in Close Park from Sam. However, the last one was taken along the Ozark Greenways trail from Close Park, heading west, near Golden street.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

Sam must have so enjoyed taking these photos.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

Here are more beautiful insects from Sam.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

Walking around this scenic lake as shown in Sam's photos.

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

The Botanical Center from start to finish by Sam.

Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:00

Views of the oldest house in Springfield (circa 1856) and the surounding area by Sam.

Sunday, 22 January 2012 00:00

Examples of Sam taking pictures early morning and late afternoon.

Sunday, 22 January 2012 00:00

Even in Winter, Sam was busy.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:00

Pictures of the Park American flag taken by Sam over several months.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:00

Sam must have loved clouds as I do.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 00:00

Sam's collages celebrating the Butterfly Festival.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 00:00

Framed pictures of flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 00:00

Close-ups of insects with unique framing.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:00

More collages from Sam touring the Parks.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:00

Here are Sam's butterfly collages.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:00

A view of the activities of the Friends of the Garden organization through Sam's collages.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 00:00

Sam's flower collages show the beauty of the gardens in the Park and flower shows.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:00

This is a gallery in memory of "Sam" Webber who passed away on August 16, 2011. It is the first of many to remember her love of flowers, the Parks, and her passion for photography. She will be so missed by family, friends, FOG members, and by many who knew her only through her photos.

First is a "tour"of the Parks through collages. The pictures in this gallery and those that follow were chosen from her extensive disc library.

Thursday, 21 April 2011 13:03
What are dwarf conifers? They are really "witches brooms"... abnormalities found on large growing or other dwarf conifers. These congested or pendulous growths are then grafted onto a rootstock as a means of propagation. If proven worthy, they are named and registered with the American Conifer Society.  If there is one thing we really love about our dwarf conifers, it is that they always look perfect. These little trees really shine through all of the seasons, no matter what the weather. They add those bright foliage colors year round, or the form or texture your garden requires. - info obtained from  The Singing Tree Garden
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 17:04
A slideshow of photos taken on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the 19th annual 1860's Lifestyle Exposition at Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene Park.

Media

Thursday, 09 September 2010 22:23
Landscape Photo

Landscapes, Part Two
More landscapes from Hiltrud "Sam" Webber.

 

Thursday, 09 September 2010 22:13
Landscapge Photo

Landscapes, Part One
Some landscapes of the gardens at the Botanical Center.

 

Thursday, 09 September 2010 22:02
A columbine

Close-ups Part Two
Part Two in a series of close-up photography by Hiltrud "Sam" Webber.

Thursday, 09 September 2010 21:36
A daylily

Close-ups Part One
First in a series of galleries featuring Hiltrud "Sam" Webber