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Friends of the Garden Daily News - The FOG Blog


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The Garden Minute Videos


Watch Garden Minute Videos with Peter Longley.

Nature Breaks with Katie


Guided garden tours and hands on crafts to connect with nature. Join Katie Steinhoff Keith, Botanical Center coordinator, to learn more about plants, features and attractions around the gardens. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Thurs., Jan. 5  - National Bird Walk and Feeder Craft
Tues., Feb. 28 - National Flower Arranging Day
Tues., March 28 - Bloomin' Weeds Walk
Thurs., April 6 - Missouri Arborday Walk
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: $5 / Class / Family Group

Eat Wise and Drop a Size


Botanical Center staffer Angela Keith will lead class in step by step preparation and tastings of healthy snacks/meals. Finish with a 30 minute brisk walk around the park and take home recipe card(s) of the foods prepared. Registration is required.
Botanical Center 417-891-1515

Age: 15 yrs. & up
Date: Wed., Jan. 11 - Power of Proteins
Wed., Feb 8 - Very Veggie Meals
Wed., March 15 - Snacking Wise
Wed., April 12 - Carb Friendly Meals
Time: 12 p.m.
Fee: $5 / Class

Friday Night Programs with Peter Longley


Horticultural Interpreter Peter Longley presents an animated slideshow and story about the significant estate, university and public gardens that influenced the development of the modern botanical garden. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 15 yrs. & up
Date: Friday, Jan. 13: "Great Gardens of the USA - Chantcleer and Longwood, Pennsylvania" (canceled due to weather)
Friday, Jan. 20: "Great Gardens of the USA - Tulsa Botanic Garden and the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, Tulsa, Oklahoma."
Friday, Jan. 27: "Great Gardens of the USA - The US Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Garden, and Dumbarton oaks, D.C."
Friday, Feb. 3: "Great Gardens of England - Sissinghurst Castle and Great Dixter, Kent."
Friday, Feb. 10: "Great Gardens of England - Chartwell and Hever Castle, Kent."
Friday, Feb 17: "Great Gardens of England - Cambridge College Gardens and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden."
Friday, March 3: "A Glimpse into Spring, Summer and Fall in the Springfield Botanical Gardens."
Friday, March 10: "A Photographic Journey through Ireland from Castles to Cottages, and Bogs to Bladderack."
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

Master Gardeners of Greene County Training for New Members


Required informational meeting for anyone interested in the 2017 MU Extension Master Gardener core training, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Feb. 16 - April 6. Core training is $150/person or $225 for a couple sharing a training manual. RSVP required via MU Extension. Botanical Center 881-8909

Age: 18 yrs. & up
Date: Orientation Jan. 31 or Feb. 2
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Fee: Free orientation; class fee listed above

Story Walk® Launch


Springfield-Greene Co Library District sponsors a walking storytime! Before we move outside to the park where we’ll launch a StoryWalk® featuring "Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?" by Rita Gray and Kenard Pak. StoryWalks® combine three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. After we read our StoryWalk® title, we’ll walk along the trail and enjoy the book displayed on signs along the way. This StoryWalk® will be available for reading through February at the park. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: Infants - Grade 2
Date: Feb. 17
Time: 10 a.m.
Fee: Free

Volunteer Orientation


Become a part of an amazing network of people who maintain in the gardens, and connect people with plants, nature and parks. Learn about park volunteer requirements and see if the gardens are a good fit for you! RSVP required.
Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. & up
Date: Mon., Jan. 18, 12 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 7, 9 a.m.
Sat., March 25, 9 a.m.
Fee: Free

Potting Shed University


Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Pay at the door registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Offered by MU Extension.

Age: 18 yrs. & up
Date: March 6: Composting made simple
March 20: Native Butterflies and Moths of MO
March 27: Garlic
April 3: Fairy Gardens
April 10: Intro to Herbs
April 17: Shade Gardening
April 24: Container Gardening
Time: Mon., 6 - 7 p.m.
Fee: $5 / Class