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Garden Nights Out
Bring a date, bring your friends, or just bring yourself for a night out in the garden. Classes give instruction in practical and creative ways to use garden plants. Snacks provided. Registration required by 5 p.m. Thursday before. Space is limited.
16 and up.Fri., 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Basic Canning and Salsa Making
Oct. 4: Pumpkin Centerpieces
Nov. 1: Pie Clinic
Dec. 6: Holiday Ornament Terrariums$30
Kids and families meet for a nature-themed story and a timely garden activity and craft. First Wednesday of each month.
All ages, designed for pre-schoolersWed., 10 a.m.
Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4Free
Home School Horticulture
Home school students study special topics in horticulture. Designed for Missouri Learning standards in Science.
Grades K-12, organized by dateThurs., 10 a.m.
Sept. 12: Kindergarten
Sept. 26: Grade 1 Oct. 10: Grade 2
Oct. 24: Grade 3 Nov. 7: Grade 4
Nov. 21: Grade 5 Dec. 5: Grade 6
Dec. 12: Grades 7-8 Dec. 19: High School$3/class
Learn to Grow in the Gardens
Learn about special topics from a Master Gardener. Programs may include garden tours and outdoor demonstrations.
All agesMon., 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 16: Plant in the Fall, Bloom in the Spring
Oct. 21: Winterizing your Garden$5, pay at the door
28th Annual 1860’s Lifestyle Expo
Rediscover pioneer life at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead. Includes apple-butter making, horseshoes, hearth cooking, fiber arts, crafts, wood carving, seed-spitting contests and more. Barn, kitchen, Liberty Schoolhouse and the oldest house in Springfield are open for tours. Brush arbor service Sunday, 11 a.m. Apple pie contest (no crumb-top pies) Sunday, 3 p.m., register by 2:15. Concessions available.
All agesSept. 21-22
Sat., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sun., 12-4:30 p.m.Free
Be a part of a national research project that maps the flight of monarch butterflies as they migrate south for winter.
All agesSat., Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m.Free
Junior Master Gardener Nights
Kids get their hands dirty each month with a fun hands-on horticulture activity on the first Tuesday of each month.
8-15 yrs.Tues., 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3$5/class
Romance in the Garden
Enjoy the serene landscape of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at dusk. Mood lighting and lanterns light the pathway. Wishing lanterns for floating on the ponds available for purchase. Presented by Friends of the Garden.
17 yrs. and upFri., Oct. 4 and Sat., Oct. 5
6:30-9 p.m.$10/person or $15/Couple
Gigs in the Garden Concert Series
Musical guests perform outdoors each Sunday in October. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations to Friends of the Garden benefit garden projects.
All agesSun., 2 p.m.
Oct. 6: The Singer and the Songwriter
Oct. 13: Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble
Oct. 20: Claude Bourbon
Oct. 27: The LacewingsFree admission, $10 suggested donation
Last Garden Hoorah
Mark the end of the season with a variety of garden tours, programs and activities. Includes carnivorous plants, bats, bulb planting and more. Event is followed by a free 6:30 screening of “Hotel Transylvania 3” at the Peace Through People Pavilion. This is also the last weekend of the season for Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden season and tram tours.
All agesSat., Oct. 26
3-6 p.m. , movie begins at 6:30Free
Historic Clothing Specialist – From the Skin Out
Learn how women of the 19th century created a neat lady-like appearance. The secret was in the undergarments! Participants receive a chemise pattern, learn about various undergarments and discuss when it was appropriate to wear a crinoline hoop skirt. RSVP directly to the instructor, Nancy Thee: firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-751-2498 by Oct. 30.
16 yrs. and olderSat., Nov. 2
Enjoy an evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden glowing with festive lights and music! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm.
All agesThurs.-Sat., Nov. 28-Dec. 28
5-8:30 p.m.$5/adult; FOG, SSCA and children 12 and under free
Holiday Train Garden Display
The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society. Donations accepted.
All agesDec. 1-31
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Free
Christmas at the Farmstead
Join volunteers at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. Decorate the tree with hand-made vintage ornaments and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and carols.
All agesSat., Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.Free
Handmade Wreath Workshop
Create your own holiday wreath with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Classes limited to 12. Register by Dec. 11.
12 yrs. and upFri., Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.$30/item
Topiary Trees and Swags Workshop
Create your tabletop tree or swag for tables, mantles or door hangings, using an oasis form with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Classes limited to 12. Register by Dec. 12.
12 yrs. and upSat., Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m.$30/item
School’s Out: Holiday Crafts
Join us in the Botanical Center Meeting Room to make nature-themed holiday crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
All agesSat., Dec. 14, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.$5/item