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: $4/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 info@mggreene.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. 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.
  1. Mon Mar. 25

    Potting Shed University Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Pay at the-door registration opens at 5:30 p.m.
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  2. Mon Apr. 1

    Potting Shed University Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Pay at the-door registration opens at 5:30 p.m.
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  1. Wed Apr. 10

    Garden Story Time A garden-themed story in the Botanical Center, followed by a fun science-based activity.
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  2. Fri Apr. 19

    Full Moon Hike Experience the sounds of a spring garden under the moonlight. Guided with an interpreter, you will learn the calls of frogs and other wildlife. Registration required.
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  1. Sat May 4

    Succulent Centerpiece Workshop Create a living arrangement with a candle using succulent plants, moss and pods. A beautiful handmade gift or fun activity for Mother’s Day. Registration required.
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