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By Peter Longley, Horticultural Interpreter
Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and GardensThis is 2014— let’s reflect momentarily on the past. We have come a long way at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. We are now not just a playground for the citizens of Springfield, but are attracting visitors from around the country. We are becoming a destination. Take a look at our visitors’ book in the Botanical Center. There are now so many names from out of state. Two major acknowledgements bestowed upon us in 2013 justify our growing fame. The granting of National Display Garden status to our Hosta Garden was one of the most exciting events of the past year. It was also gratifying to see our beautiful Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden given membership in the prestigious association of Japanese Gardens in North America. Tremendous improvements to the koi lakes in the early months of 2013 were in part responsible for this achievement. In the latter part of the year, new stone lanterns have created further improvements. These two gardens now join the Day Lily collection that in 2012 received national recognition from the Hemerocallis Society. Work on one of our larger garden areas, the Winter Garden, neared completion and is now showing some of its winter glory. Thanks in part to wash-out from heavy rains, serious reconstruction has much improved the hardscape in our Dwarf Conifer Garden. Close by, our Peace Garden was dedicated. Major improvement work on the flow of storm water at the west end of Drummond Lake is well under way and will be completed in the spring. This will be of great benefit to both our park and the South Creek Greenway Trail. The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden received quite a makeover to be host for the September Statewide Conference, that not only was a big success for the Greene County chapter, but was also a huge publicity boost for our Springfield Botanical Gardens. Yes, we have much to brag about in 2013, but now we look to the future.