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Christmas at the Farmstead

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. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and carols. Gray-Campbell Farmstead 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., Dec. 2
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Wreaths And Centerpieces

Wreaths and Centerpieces


Create your own wreath, or centerpiece with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Classes limited to 12, registration required. Or book your own group for a private decorating party anytime through the holidays! Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: 12 yrs. and up
Date: Sat., Dec. 10
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Fee: $25/Greenery item
school out christmas

School's Out Christmas Gift and
Decoration Making


Learn what you can create from dried materials from the garden. Choose from dried flowers, leaves, cones and pods to make ornaments, table decorations, wall hangings and more! Paint, ribbon and accessories included. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Fri., Dec. 22
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $5/participant, includes all materials

Master Gardeners of Greene County Training


Required orientation meeting for potential new members of Master Gardeners of Greene County, and for anyone interested in 2017 MU Extension Master Gardener core training. Registration required. MU Extension 881-8909

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Date: Orientation: Tues., Jan. 23, or Tues., Jan. 30
Training: Tues. and Thurs., Feb. 27-April 12
Time: Orientation: 6-8 p.m.
Training 6-9 p.m.
Fee: Orientation is free
Training: $150/person or $225/couple (sharing a manual)

Volunteer Orientation


Become a part of an amazing network of people who maintain in the gardens, and connect people with plants, nature and parks. Learn about park volunteer requirements and whether the gardens are a good fit for you! Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Date: Mon., Jan. 15, 12 p.m.: The Big Picture - General Orientation
Tues., Feb. 6, 10 a.m.: All About Gardens
Wed., Mar. 14, 10 a.m.: Japanese Garden Docents
Wed., April 18, 5:30 p.m., or Sat., April 21, 9 a.m.: Butterfly House
Fee: Free

Springfield Area Herb Society


Edible, medicinal, or any useful plant- learn more about herbs in the Ozarks. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Date: Jan. 16: Starting Herbs from Seed
Feb. 20: Monarch Butterflies
Mar. 20: Herb Theme Gardens
April 17: Pelargonium - Scented Geraniums
Time: Every third Tues., 6 p.m.
Fee: Free to guests, $12/annual membership to SAHS

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. Offered by MU Extension. MU Extension 881-8909

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Date: Feb. 26: Starting your own Kitchen Garden
March 5: English Gardens
March 12: Growing Strawberries
March 19: Companion Planting
March 26: Using Foliage for Color in the Garden
April 2: Tried and True Plants for the Ozarks
April 9: Plants for a Japanese Garden in the Ozarks
April 16: Indoor Gardening – Our Favorite Houseplants and More
Time: Mon., 6-7 p.m.
Fee: $5/Class

Orchid Show and Sale


The Springfield Orchid Society brings a juried display of beautiful, rare and exotic orchids to the Botanical Center. Orchids available for purchase. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: March 17-18
Time: Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, prices vary per plant

Horticulture Therapy Symposium


Find out more about the new sensory garden and how gardens can heal. Special topics will be adaptive tools, memory care, plants that engage all your senses! Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. and up
Date: March 23
Time: Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $18, includes lunch

StoryWalk®


Join us for a special Racing to Read Storytime, launching a new StoryWalk®, featuring "Have you Heard the Nesting Bird?" by Rita Ray and Kenard Pak. StoryWalk® combines three important elements that promote learning: reading, moving and enjoying the outdoors. After reading, we will create bird journals, and take a walk through the gardens. The story will remain through the month of April. Co-sponsored by the Springfield-Greene Co. Library District. Botanical Center 891-1515

Age: Infants-2nd grade
Date: March 30
Time: Fri., 10 a.m.
Fee: Free

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

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., April 17
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, $5/kite kits

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

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., April 28
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, prices vary per plant