Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friends of the Garden proudly presents its annual free Butterfly Festival on Saturday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. The event features Master Gardeners of Greene County’s educational program for children, Young Sprouts in the Garden.
All ages are invited to celebrate butterflies and nature in a beautiful setting. A wide variety of activities, performances, and vendors offers something for everyone.
Visit the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo to get an up-close look at the butterfly and moth life cycles. Hundreds of volunteers raise and care for thousands of caterpillars, moths, and butterflies throughout the year to make this unique exhibit possible.
Participate in hands-on gardening adventures and create butterfly and nature-related crafts as led by Master Gardeners of Greene County in the Young Sprouts in the Garden section of the festival.
Purchase unique outdoor home and garden items from area vendors including Ozark Soul, Smiling Sun Gardens, and Step Up for Tea.
Get lost in a story as read by the Springfield-Greene County Library District at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Watch in awe as The Instars perform their Butterfly Magic Show at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and relax to the sounds of the Conservatory of the Ozarks concert at Noon.
Children ten and under are invited to walk the stage in the Pollinator Costume Contest at 11:00 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite butterfly, caterpillar, or other pollinator and register at the check in table by 10:45 a.m. The contest is followed by a Pollinator Parade made up of all the contestants.
Adults are invited to attend workshops led by Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center Coordinator Katie Keith. Learn about backyard butterflies at 10:00 a.m., take a tour focused on planting for pollinators at Noon, and look at butterfly problems cause by people, predators, and pests at 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to the widely-acclaimed Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and free tours of the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School.
The evening culminates with a Sounds of Summer concert by Izabel Crane (formerly Bella Donna) at 7:30pm at the Peace through People Pavilion.
Many volunteers are needed to ensure this popular community event runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping, please click here to sign up.
If you’d like to participate in the event as a vendor, please click here for an application.
Friends of the Garden is proud to partner with many different groups which make the Butterfly Festival possible: Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield Botanical Gardens, and Master Gardeners of Greene County.
The Butterfly Festival is also made possible by generous community sponsors: City of Springfield Environmental Services, Brain Balance Achievement Centers, Renewal by Andersen, and Wyndham Springfield.
For more information, please call 417-891-1515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.