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  1. Garden Story Time


    A garden-themed story in the Botanical Center, followed by a fun science-based activity. Botanical Center 891-1515

    Preschoolers and family
    Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on January 9, February 13, March 13 and April 10
    $3/Student

  2. Volunteer Orientation


    Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for Springfield Botanical Gardens and want to share it with others, learn more about our wide range of opportunities! Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    18 yrs. and up
    Jan. 21, 10 a.m.: General Orientation
    Jan. 21, 12 p.m.: Into the Wild
    Feb. 12, 10 a.m.: Ornamental Gardens
    March 6, 10 a.m.: Japanese Garden Guides
    March 6, 12 p.m.: Kids and Crafts
    April 17, 5:30 p.m.: Butterfly House
    April 20, 9 a.m.: Butterfly House
    Free

  3. Potting Shed University


    Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Payat- the-door registration opens at 5:30 p.m. MU Extension 881-8909

    18 yrs. and up
    6 p.m., Feb. 4: Starting Your Own Kitchen Garden
    6 p.m., Feb.11: Mediterranean Herbs
    6 p.m., Feb.18: Introduction to Plant Propagation
    6 p.m., March 4: Frugal Gardening
    6 p.m., March 11: Blueberries in the Home Garden
    6 p.m., March 18: Landscaping Your Home with Native Plants
    6 p.m., March: 25: Great Perennials
    6 p.m., April 1: The Wonderful World of Daffodils
    $5/Class

  4. Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival


    Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one with us on the Great Lawn. Whack a piñata nearby. Enjoy Japanese and Mexican children’s crafts at the Botanical Center, and free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season. Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    All ages
    Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Free admission, $5/Kite Kits

  5. Mini Zen Garden


    Create a tabletop or patio container garden of your own design, incorporating elements of a Japanese garden. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    12 yrs. and up
    Sat., April 6 from 10-11 a.m.
    $30

  6. 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. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Fri., April 19 at 8 p.m.
    Free

  7. Arbor Day Movie Night


    Free screening of the film, “The Sandlot,” at the Peace through People Pavilion. Come early for information on the emerald ash borer, tree activities and take-a-ways. The movie begins at dark. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
    Free

  8. Master Gardener and Garden Society Plant Sale


    Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

  9. 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. Botanical Center 891-1515

    12 yrs. and up
    Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m.-Noon
    $30/Arrangement