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. Tue Aug. 3

    Virtual Vegetable Gardening in the Ozarks: Donating Excess Vegetables 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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  2. Tue Aug. 10 - Sat Aug. 28

    StoryWalk - “A Frog in the Bog” Discover pages of an illustrated book, as you walk along a path in the park. Presented in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
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  1. Tue Aug. 10

    Virtual Vegetable Gardening in the Ozarks: Cool Season Vegetables for Fall 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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  2. Thu Aug. 12

    Summer Nature School School-age kids are invited to a variety of classes in the garden. Second Thursday of the month. Registration required.
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  1. Wed Aug. 18

    Growing Successful Rose Gardens Learn how to successfully grow roses at home. Class takes place in the new rose garden. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: 18 yrs. and up Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: Free
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  2. Thu Aug. 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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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.