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.
  1. Thu Jun. 17

    Garden Story Time Pre-schoolers and family are invited to listen to a garden-themed story followed by a fun environmental-based craft or activity. Held on the third Thursday and Saturday. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: All ages Time: Thurs. or Sat., 10-11 a.m. Fee: Free
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  2. Sat Jun. 19

    Butterfly Festival Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo. Enjoy magic shows, visit vendors, and more. Presented by Friends of the Garden. Children may pick up a packet of take-home crafts, presented by Young Sprouts in the Garden. Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: All ages Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fee: Free
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  1. Sat Jun. 19

    Garden Story Time Pre-schoolers and family are invited to listen to a garden-themed story followed by a fun environmental-based craft or activity. Held on the third Thursday and Saturday. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: All ages Time: Thurs. or Sat., 10-11 a.m. Fee: Free
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  2. Tue Jun. 22

    Virtual Vegetable Gardening in the Ozarks: Insect and Disease Management in the Vegetable Garden Online training presented by MU Extension Specialists and Master Gardeners of Greene County. MU Extension 881-8909 Age: 18 yrs. and up Time: Tues., 10-11 a.m. Fee: $5/Class
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  1. Wed Jun. 23

    Sedums: Hardy vs. Tropical Sedums are all the rage right now. But what do you need to know? Tour the sedum garden and discuss the needs and wants of sedum and similar sun-loving specimens. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: 18 yrs. and up Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: Free
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  2. Sat Jun. 26

    32nd Annual Ozark Regional Lily Society Flower Show Learn more about and see beautiful examples of this giant perennial flower, a favorite for floral arranging. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: All ages Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fee: Free
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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 Springfield's sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Includes mature landscaping, winding paths, three small lakes, ceremonial teahouse, moon bridge and meditation garden. Restrooms and pavilion outside front gate. Admission: $4/Adults, $2/Children 3-12 years, Free/Members of Friends of the Garden, Springfield Sister Cities Association, American Horticulture Society and children 2 years and younger. Open April-October, check hours at 417-891-1515.

Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens & Hotline


Includes an ornamental shrub and perennial border, themed herb beds, Missouri native plants, turf plots and a kitchen garden. Call the hotline for home garden questions: 417-881-8909 or info@mggreene.org.

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. Tours available Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. May through Oct. 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.

Lake Drummond


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.