My love of gardening was influenced at an early age by my grandmother and has steadily grown over the years. I became a Master Gardener in 2005 and recently a Friends of the Garden member. I have enjoyed photographing the ever changing seasons at the gardens as well as volunteering for the Master Gardeners at the hotline and the Xeriscape demonstration garden. When I began photographing flowers and insects in my own garden, I was inspired by the beauty and creativity that is present in every detail of nature.Rebecca Nickols
Not your typical January/February colors!
Not only do these examples add color and winter interest in the gardens, they're also a food source for wildlife (seeds, berries, fruit)...
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The Monarch can travel over 1600 miles from Springfield to its overwintering sites in Mexico then return north in the spring. It's the only butterfly that makes such a long, two-way migration.
Lisa Bakerink and other Friends of the Garden volunteers assisted visitors of all ages tag and release a Monarch.--They also received a tag code and information from Monarch Watch to track if and when the butterfly is found.
For more information on Monarchs and their amazing journey visit Monarch Watch (monarchwatch.org)
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A few examples of the beauty of native Missouri plants....
Easy to grow, naturally adapted to our soil/climate and return year after year.
Friends of the Garden, Inc. PO Box 8566 Springfield, MO 65801 417.891.1515 | EMAIL
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center2400 S. Scenic AveSpringfield, MO 65807
The Friends of the Garden mission is to "inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."