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First time visitors to Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park describe it as an unexpected experience.
With 114 acres - 59 in Nathanael Greene and 55 in Close Memorial and demonstration gardens, these parks are unique to the Springfield-Greene County Parks Board system. The parks contain 2.8 miles of hard-surface walking trails (not including the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, which also features a hard-surface trail). Once you've arrived at the parks, use these features to enjoy them to their fullest.
Park Brochure & Map | Print Your Own
Download this brochure which contains the most comprehensive information on the main features of the Botanical Center & Gardens in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park: what they are, when they're open, and what they're about. Discover the Botanical Center facility, the over two dozen gardens, the Missouri Native Butterfly House, the Ozarks Greenway Trail, the Master Gardener Hotline and Demonstration Gardens, The Gray-Campbell Farmstead, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Kickapoo Edge Prairie, special guided tours, exhibits, contact information and more. This brochure includes a map of the gardens along with the self-guided phone tour details. There's truly something for everyone!
Before visitng the gardens, download and view this convenient map of the area. You can then use the map in conjunction with the Guide by Cell® Audio Tour described below.
Also, you might want to check out the Interactive Zoom Map on this site.
Dial and Discover the Gardens
Use your cell phone and the Botanical Center Map for a Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Gardens. This is the same feature that is in use at the Smithsonian, Central Park in New York City and at the San Diego Zoo.
Using Guide by Cell® mobile technology solutions, we have developed a tour of the gardens you can use anytime. As long as you have your cell phone and the Garden Map descibed above, you can start the tour! There is no charge except for your customary charges for minutes as designated by your cell phone service provider.
- Call 417-213-3016
- Enter the Garden Number from the Map
- Enter the "#" key on your cell phone.
That's all there is to it!
Free Weekend Tram Service
114 acres is a lot of area to cover and we know that for some of you who would like to visit and enjoy the gardens, walking the distances required for a full experience just isn't an option.
For those of you with these limiitations, take advantage of our Weekend Tram Service which runs May through September.
The service is provided Saturdays and Sundays only, from 1 PM to 5 PM. The tram is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department and Friends of the Garden.
Board the Tram at the Rose Garden. This is an excellent introduction to our gardens and our 114-acre park.