By Kelly McGowan, published Ozarks Living magazine, Feb/March 2015
The rose garden at Springfield Botanical Gardens was the very first garden created in the park in 2001. It was a special request from Major Close, the park’s namesake, to my father-in-law Sam McGowan.
Sam had created a memorial rose garden at the American Legion Post #639 next door to the park. The beautiful garden caught the eye of Mr. Close, who approached Sam to create a similar one at the newly formed Close Memorial Park. He agreed and ground was broken on the rose garden in the fall of 2001 and completed on April 15, 2002.
Friends of the Garden & Springfield Botanical Gardens Announce: 2015 Volunteers are Needed!
“Finding your meaningful place of service”
Friends of the Gardens’ mission includes the development and on-going maintenance for the gardens. One of our goals includes providing opportunities for groups or individuals to be involved in many different ways. We have a complete list of opportunities to provided volunteer service both inside and outside for those with different physical and scheduling needs (see the survey below).
Please let us know if you want to be a part of the volunteer team!
This series of four articles will hopefully give a complete picture of progress made in 2014 within Friends of the Garden, Inc., and at the Springfield/Greene County Botanical Gardens. They will also spotlight plans for the future, not only for the coming year but beyond.
The first article is a presentation given by FOG President, Lisa Bakerink on January 8, 2015 at the first monthly meeting of the Friends of the Garden. In it, she discusses general progress made in the various gardens and the Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House and thanks our volunteers and partner organizations.
The second article is a combination of presentations made at the January 8th meeting by Kelly McGowan, Garden Chair and Nancy Schmidt. Kelly goes into more detail about each of the gardens we maintain while Nancy focuses on the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and it's progress and plans.
Third we have the text of a Power Point Presentation given at the same, January 8th meeting by Katie Steinhoff, coordinator of the Botanical Center at the Springfield/Greene County Botanical Gardens and ex-officio board member of Friends of the Garden. Katie shares with the membership projects completed during 2014 and planned for 2015 as well as events on the 2015 schedule, volunteer training plans and more.
Finally, we've re-published the article written by Katie Steinhoff, Reflect upon the Springfield Botanical Gardens 2014 season and a wish list with goals for the for the years to come, which was originally found in the FOG Winter Newsletter, December 2014/January 2015 and which was also featured on the home page of this website earlier this January.
Editor’s Note: This comprehensive list is compiled and updated by Friend of the Garden volunteer Barbara Clark. The site with over 130 website links currently listed has had over 9700 visitors stop by to learn something new about plants. We don’t think you’ll find a more complete list of websites dedicated to plant identification and information anywhere! Be sure to mark the link as a favorite so you can return often. Thanks Barb, for all you do!
My interest in flowers and photography began by walking the Ozark Greenways trails. Seeing many unknown plants, both along the paths and in my yard from spreading seed, I began trying to identity each one. This became easier after I received a digital camera. Now I can look at a computer photo and compare it with one found on the Internet. From this searching, I have developed an ever growing list of informative websites. One plant was unknown to me for 2 years before I found it.
Here is the new November 2014 plant list of 132 links. I added 37, only having to get rid of 4. New categories were also added: Grasses and Sedges, Ornamental Grasses, and Succulents.
I first saw Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park while walking the South Creek Greenway trail. At that time there were only a few gardens. I became a member after picking up a Friends of the Garden brochure at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and talking with George Deatz. The development and growth of both Parks, which are now called the “Springfield Botanical Gardens,” has been very impressive. With more gardens and attractions planned, I am so looking forward to photographing the beautiful plants and flowers.
Note: Barbara also maintains an extensive gallery of photographs taken in the gardens of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65807. Link: Barbara's Galleries
NEW BLUE STAR MEMORIAL GARDEN Written by Joan Bowen
A recent addition to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., is the Blue Star Memorial Marker & Garden in honor of all veterans.
In 1945, National Garden Clubs Inc., was looking for a suitable means of honoring our returning service men. They decided on a “living memorial” of markers and gardens to be placed along highways in every state to honor veterans returning from WWII, creating a “Blue Star Memorial Highway.” Along with the marker, 5 miles of flowering dogwood trees were to be planted. The project was named for the blue star in the service flag which hung in windows of homes and businesses to tell others that a family member was serving in the Armed Forces.
The blue star signifies hope and pride. Garden clubs enthusiastically embraced the idea and the first Blue Star Marker was placed in Rhode Island. In 1951 the Mission was enlarged to include all men and women who had served or were serving in our armed forces.