The Friends of the Garden is the umbrella organization that grows and maintains most of the gardens and collections thanks to private donations and memberships. Dozens of themed and collection gardens for Hosta, Daylilies, Lilies, Irises, Roses, Native Plants, Prairie and more are maintained by plant enthusiast volunteers and organizations.
Friends of the Garden assisted with the funding for the 12,700 sq. ft. Botanical Center green building now open to the public with restrooms, gift shop, reference library, community rooms and more. Coordinator, Katie Steinhoff and her staff are on the job helping with the details of the day to day operations of the Botanical Center. What a horticultural asset our community has gained! If you haven't been out to see it for some reason come by and introduce yourself.
Our membership has a current goal of 1000+ and that is where you come in. If you have sent in membership dues, thank you! If you are still thinking about it, your membership means more than you know in helping us reach our community objectives. Your membership is good for a full 12 months from when we receive your check.
Most people ask what do I receive with my membership in Friends of the Garden. That is a great question, a member receives many benefits. Tangible benefits such as a free season pass to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden for two people for the season (excluding the Japanese Fall Festival). Our informative newsletters that are currently tucked inside each issue of the Greene Magazine. Reciprocity with other American Horticultural Society gardens. Plus various 10% merchandise discounts. However, the real benefit is intangible. You become part of the growing Springfield Botanical Garden movement to assist with the continued development and enjoyment of Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Gardens and Park including the Botanical Center building with its numerous surrounding gardens and arboretum.
Your investment with your membership dues and donations, plus any volunteer time you might contribute, will help us continue to expand the botanical gardens while maintaining the current gardens and the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House. Of course, as a member, you can walk the paths for exercise while enjoying the serene beauty of the gardens, attend our annual events, increase your natural knowledge and know that you helped make all of this possible.
Won't you make your tax-deductible investment in Friends of the Garden today? Please download below, fill out the application and return it along with your check to Friends of the Garden, P.O. Box 8566, Springfield, MO 65801 or you may join online. You can help move us to a new level of garden development!
Also, below you can review the bylaws of Friends of the Garden.
Membership Application (95.96 kB)
Friends of the Garden, Inc. Bylaws (93.94 kB)
Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566
Springfield, MO 65801
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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."
Tribute gifts are an excellent way to honor a friend, colleague, loved one, to mark a special occasion – celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement or wedding, a graduation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a holiday, a special memory, or simply to say thank you – while supporting the mission of Friends of the Garden.
Honor and Memorial Gift (Tribute) Form (160.39 kB)
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