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.
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 our sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Includes mature landscaping, winding paths, three small lakes, koi, ceremonial teahouse, moon bridge, and a meditation garden. Restrooms and pavilion outside front gate. Admission: $4/adults; 12-under free. Open seasonally, check hours.
Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens & Hotline
Includes an ornamental shrub and perennial border, themed herb beds, Missouri natives plants, turf plots and a kitchen garden. The hotline responds to home garden questions 417-881-8909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bill 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.
Thu Sep. 20Homeschool Horticulture Join us in the gardens for plant science programs that supplement your homeschool STEM curriculum. Designed to meet specific grade levels needs, but all ages are welcome. Registration required, space is limited.Read More
Fri Sep. 21Walking Tours Meet with a staff horticulturist for a themed walk and talk around the gardens. Aug. 31 - Tree ID walk; Sept. 7 - Color walk; Sept. 14 - Rain Garden walk; Sept. 21 - Tree ID walk; Sept. 28 - Sensory Garden walk; Oct. 6 - South Creek walkRead More
Fri Sep. 21Garlic Expo Join MU Extension specialists for a fun evening of everything garlic! Taste different varieties, discuss the latest research on its healthful qualities, consider commercial production, learn more from ongoing research trials of planting dates and cultivars for our area. Some varieties are available to purchase for your garden!Read More
Sat Sep. 22Tram Tours Ride a solar tram on a 20-minute guided tour of the 112-acre Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Weekday fieldtrips and private tours available for a fee.Read More
Sat Sep. 22Fairy Gardens Using succulent plants, nuts and pods collected from the garden, we will each create a small container garden with a miniature landscape scene to take home. Additional furnishings can be purchased through the Gift Shop.Read More
Sun Sep. 23Tram Tours Ride a solar tram on a 20-minute guided tour of the 112-acre Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Weekday fieldtrips and private tours available for a fee.Read More