Information compiled and presented by Sarah Dewey, April 2014
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Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens
This 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.
American Hosta Society (AHS) National Display Garden
Written by Peter Longley Springfield, Missouri for inclusion in the current issue of The Hosta Journal.
An attractive picket fence surrounds a shaded walnut grove where is found one of the most recent hosta gardens to gain AHS National Display Garden status. This is the Hosta Garden in Close Memorial Park at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Missouri and maintained by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. Wrought iron gates into the garden carry a significant sign that says: Visitors welcome: the Fence is for the Geese. Geese can be a problem in the Springfield Botanical Gardens but this sign has more significance because of a historical accident that led to the planning of this fenced-in area. In 1999, the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society’s first major attempt to establish a hosta garden in Springfield was at Springfield-Greene County Dickerson Park Zoo, but the freshly planted garden was swiftly devastated by geese. When Close Memorial Park was dedicated in June, 2001, it was decided to establish a bigger hosta garden there, but in consideration of the geese, the fence was built around the area when the garden was developed in 2002. The fence seems to do its job as geese rarely wander into the hosta area, and the grove of walnut trees discourages them from flying in. Attractive wrought iron gates into a garden, however, even if originally installed for a practical reason, do give to this garden an element of mystery and secrecy.
Introduction written by Peter Longley, Horticultural Interpreter
Katie Steinhoff views the "Peace Pole" placed at the new Peace Garden. Photo by Frank Shipe.Saturday, June 22, featured the dedication of one of our newest gardens at the park—the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden is actually one of the furthest gardens from the Botanical Center. It is situated south of the Dwarf Conifer Garden, which is looking particularly nice at the moment, and east of Lake Drummond. This garden is the brainchild of Mariel Cardwell and gives a wonderful message for visitors to our beautiful botanical gardens. Gardens are one of the greatest unifying forces in bringing peace across boundaries. This was recently illustrated for me at the American Public Gardens Association conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where representatives from the Royal Botanic Garden in Jordan met with members of the Jerusalem Botanical Garden, the Botanical Garden of Lebanon, and gardens from Pakistan, and shared their enthusiasm for the preservation of their desert plants from their arid climates without any reference to the political tensions of the Middle East.
This ‘Peace Garden’ is dedicated to peace and to peacemakers everywhere: within the family, in the community, around our country, and throughout the world. The garden was developed in memory of Joan Collins, teacher, librarian, and peace activist, who headed the Peace Network of the Ozarks for many years. The peace pillar and benches are of Missouri marble from a local quarry. The words, “Let there be peace on Earth” on the pillar are in four languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic. There are six peace symbols on the benches, representing many parts of the world. The dove is universal, the palm tree represents North Africa, the lion the Pacific north-west of America, the turtle the South Pacific, the doe Tibet, and the lion and the lamb the Middle East. It is expected that a Japanese crane will also be added. We hope people will visit the garden, contemplate the possibility of peace in our world, and dedicate themselves to helping achieve a more peaceful world.
It has just been announced that the Hosta Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., has been designated an American Hosta Society National Display Garden. The garden was established and is maintained by by the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. Tom Lakowske, GOHS President, received the phone call yesterday afternoon from member Lee Coates who is attending the AHS National Convention in Milwaukee, WI.
This honor and designation comes after hours of hard work by Tom and other volunteers from the Hosta Society, Friends of the Garden, Master Gardeners of Greene County, other organizations and individuals to develop the garden so it qualified for this special national recognition. Now one of only a few (18) designated display gardens nationwide, what a special asset this garden has become for Springfield and the State of Missouri.