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.
Mon May 10 - Fri May 28StoryWalk - “Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?” 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.Read More
Sun May 16Gigs in the Garden Concerts - Joe Dillstrom Enjoy live music at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring your own lawnchairs or blankets. Concerts may move indoors if it rains. Presented by Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association, and sponsored by Central Bank and Central Trust.Read More
Wed May 19What Makes a Garden "English"? Learn about the basics of English gardening and how to create something similar at home in Missouri. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: 18 yrs. and up Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Fee: FreeRead More
Thu May 20Garden 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: Pre-schoolers and family Time: Thurs. or Sat., 10-11 a.m. Fee: FreeRead More
Sat May 22Garden 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: FreeRead More
Sat May 22Backpack Buddy Adventures: Birds Grab a fully-stocked Explorer Backpack and join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month to look more closely at the wild things in the garden. Botanical Center 891-1515 Age: 4-12 yrs. Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Fee: Free program, $15/Backpack FOG members $18/Backpack non-membersRead More
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.