Friends of the Garden (FOG), the organization dedicated to advancing and sustaining the Springfield Botanical Gardens, announced it has hit the halfway mark of a $500,000 capital campaign to ensure long-term support for the gardens.
Consistently ranked as one of Springfield’s top attractions with more than one million annual visitors, the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene Park has grown to 40 gardens and features over the past 18 years through a combination of public and private support.
Maintenance of the gardens and surrounding park – including two nationally recognized attractions for daylilies and hostas and Missouri’s first native butterfly house – takes place through the Springfield-Greene County Park Department and 24 park partners, such as garden societies and clubs, that have adopted individual gardens.
As the umbrella supporting group, Friends of the Garden recognized the need to develop long-term funding streams for these gardens for future capital expenses, like landscaping and tools; expanded plantings; improving accessibility; and restoration and rehabilitation as the gardens mature.
The $500,000 capital campaign launched in summer 2017 through a FOG committee chaired by board member Morey Mechlin. To date, $250,000 has been pledged by businesses and private individuals for multi-year commitments toward specific gardens. A portion of these gifts is being endowed to create long-term support.
The Capital Campaign is now being promoted to the general public with the intention of raising the additional $250,000 by March 31, 2018. Friends of the Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and gifts to the campaign are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.
“We know that parks and public places are frequently cited as important amenities for Springfield’s quality of life,” FOG President Kim Chaffin says. “That’s why future development of the Botanical Gardens is a priority for businesses vested in Springfield’s success and for generous donors with an affinity for certain gardens or an interest in honoring loved ones.”
For more information about the available sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Bakerink, FOG Executive Director, at email@example.com or 417-874-2952.
The initial group of capital campaign sponsors, who will be recognized with signs at each garden and on the FOG website and other publications, includes:
- Jodie Adams: Playcore Play Pods
- Marge and Hearld Ambler: Hosta Garden
- Dr. Dan and Susan O. Cardwell: Peony Garden
- Tom and Chandler Carlson: Spring Garden Trail
- Central Bank/ Central Trust: Dogwood Garden
- Commerce Bank: Redbud Garden
- Tom Finnie: White Garden and Woodland Garden
- Bill and Debbie Hart: Wildflower Garden
- Hogan Land Title: English Garden
- Dr. Robert and Barbara Kipfer: Native Shrub Garden
- Gail Melgren on behalf of the Southwest Regional Water Utility: Rain Garden
- Musgrave Foundation: Founders Garden
- Dedication to Dylan and Cyrus Pearson: Succulent Garden
- Positronic Industries: Dwarf Conifer Garden
- John and Beth Raidel: Lake Drummond
- Edwin and Phoebe Rice: The Butterfly Garden
- Springfield First Community Bank: Federated Garden Clubs Garden
- Dr. John and Kathy Steinberg: Color Beds – Holiday
- Candy Trogolo: Sensory Garden Entry
- Wilson Essman Fund: Unrestricted
- Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten: Rose Garden
Contact Information: Lisa Bakerink, FOG Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-874-2952, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807; or Morey Mechlin, Capital Campaign Committee Chair, email@example.com.
Friends of the Garden’s mission is to inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board.