Springfield Botanical Gardens
at Nathanael Greene / Close Memorial Park
Features and Attractions
Start your visit at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, which hosts special events, classes and exhibits all year. The Botanical Center is home to the MU Extension, Friends of the Garden, Greene County Master Gardeners and Springfield-Greene County Park Board botanical staff.
You’ll find a gift shop, restrooms, water fountain, the Lois K. Boswell Memorial Botanical Reference Library, community rooms, Wi-Fi and information about the gardens. Have a botanical question? Ask the friendly staff at the front desk or call 417-891-1515.
Themed Gardens and Arboretum
Dozens of themed and collection gardens, including hosta, daylilies, Asiatic lilies, iris, peonies, roses, dwarf conifers, ornamental grasses, native plants and more are grown and maintained by volunteer plant enthusiast organizations united under the Friends of the Garden.
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
Enjoy the serenity of this 7.5-acre traditional Japanese garden, established in 1986 through a partnership with the Springfield Sister Cities Association and our sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Includes mature landscaping, winding paths, three small lakes, koi, ceremonial teahouse, moon bridge, and a meditation garden. Restrooms and pavilion outside front gate. Admission: $3/adults; 12-under free. Open seasonally, check hours.
Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens & Hotline
Includes an ornamental shrub and perennial border, themed herb beds, Missouri natives plants, turf plots and a kitchen garden. The hotline responds to home garden questions 417-881-8909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House
See native butterflies lay eggs, caterpillars feeding, chrysalises in camouflage, and butterflies emerging in this enclosed garden. Private tours available. Open seasonally, check hours.
The Gray-Campbell Farmstead
Discover life in the 1860’s at the oldest cabin in Springfield, along with a two-crib barn, kitchen, granary, outhouse and the recreated Liberty School one-room schoolhouse. Fieldtrips for 5th Grade or other tours available at 417-725-4921. Open seasonally, check hours.
Solar Tram Service
Hop on the Solar Tram for a tour of the park. Private and group tours available. Limit 20. Operates seasonally, check hours.
Play Trail Kids!
Explore the main playground, then find the five botanical themed Playpods along the trail, with butterflies, caterpillars, mushrooms and more!
Host Lions Club History Walk
30+ granite stone lawn markers tell the stories of Americans who made a difference. Ethnic Life Stories Tree Trail Blackgum trees, hosting every color of the rainbow in fall foliage planted in honor of immigrants to Springfield. Their life stories are recorded in the Lois K. Boswell Memorial Botanical Reference Library.
Named for Springfield women’s business pioneer Anne Drummond, immortalized in a bronze statue near the lakefront.
South Creek Greenway
8-mile paved Greenway trail spans from McDaniel Park Trailhead to Wilson’s Creek Greenway. Perfect for biking, running, walking, strollers and wheelchairs. Visit the Ozark Greenways website for additional information and maps.
Fri Jan. 27Friday Night Programs with Peter Longley Great Gardens of the USA – The US Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Garden, and Dumbarton Oaks, D.C. 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.Read More
Tue Jan. 31Master Gardeners of Greene County Training for New Members Orientation 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.Read More
Thu Feb. 2Master Gardeners of Greene County Training for New Members Orientation 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.Read More