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  1. Japanese Gardening Series


    Gain hands-on work experience in the Mizumoto Japanese Garden with a series of special projects and skill demonstrations. Includes lunch.
    • Fri., March 19: Meditation Zen Garden – Rock, Rake, and Knot Tying
    • Fri., May 14: Candling Pine
    • Fri., June 11: Pruning Maples and Spring Blooms


    AGE
    17 yrs. and up
    DATE
    March 19, May 14, June 11
    TIME
    8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $20/Session

     

  2. Gray/Campbell Farmstead Open House


    Visit with volunteer docents to look inside historic buildings and learn more about life in the Ozarks in the 1860s. Open weather permitting.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sundays, April-October
    TIME
    1:30-4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Gray/Campbell Farmstead
    FEE
    Free

     

  3. Gigs in the Garden Concerts


    Enjoy live music at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Presented by Friends of the Garden and sponsored by Central Bank and Trust.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    May 2, 9, 16, 23
    TIME
    Sun., 2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Peace Through People Pavilion
    FEE
    Free, $10 suggested donation

     

  4. StoryWalk


    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.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    May 10-28, Aug. 10-28
    TIME
    Sunrise to sunset
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  5. Summer Nature School


    School-age kids are invited to a variety of classes in the garden. Second Thursday of the month. Registration required.


    AGE
    5-12 yrs.
    DATE
    May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12
    TIME
    Thurs., 10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $5/student

     

  6. Japanese Gardening Classes


    Gain hands-on work experience in Mizumoto Japanese Garden with a series of special projects and skill demonstrations. Includes lunch. Registration required.


    AGE
    17 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Fri., May 14: Candling Pine; Fri., June 11: Pruning Maples and Spring Blooms
    TIME
    8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $20/Session

     

  7. What Makes a Garden “English?”


    Learn about the basics of English gardening and how to create something similar at home in Missouri.


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Wed., May 19
    TIME
    6-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  8. 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.


    AGE
    Pre-schoolers and family
    DATE
    May 20 and 22, June 17 and 19, July 15 and 17, Aug. 19 and 21
    TIME
    Thurs. or Sat., 10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  9. Garden Walk & Talk: Hosta Garden


    The Hosta Gardening Group, provides tour of garden with how-to on growing and dividing hostas, and pest management.


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Sat., May 22
    TIME
    1-2:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  10. Backpack Buddy Adventures


    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.


    AGE
    4-12 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat., May 22: Birds Sat., June 18: Butterflies Sat., July 17: South Creek Sat., Aug. 21: Insects
    TIME
    11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free program, $15/Backpack FOG members $18/Backpack non-members

     

  11. Virtual Vegetable Gardening in the Ozarks


    Online training presented by MU Extension Specialists and Master Gardeners of Greene County.


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    May 11: Warm Season Vegetables for Summer; May 25: Watering the Vegetable Garden; June 8: All About Tomatoes; June 22: Insect and Disease Management in the Vegetable Garden; June 29: Canning, Freezing and Drying the Garden Harvest; July 13: Vegetable Nutrition and Recipes; August 3: Donating Excess Vegetables; August 10: Cool Season Vegetables for Fall
    TIME
    Tues., 10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $5/Class

     

  12. Photo Fun for Kids and Teens


    Online training presented by MU Extension Specialists and Master Gardeners of Greene County.


    AGE
    10-18 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat, June 12
    TIME
    10-12 yrs., 9-11 a.m. 13-18 yrs., 1-3 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $25/Student

     

  13. Butterfly Discovery Day


    Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo. Enter the pollinator costume contest, enjoy magic shows, visit vendors, and more. Presented by Friends of the Garden. Children may pick up a packet of take-home crafts, presented by Young Sprouts in the Garden. Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., June 19
    TIME
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  14. Sedums: Hardy vs. Tropical


    Sedums are all the rage right now. But what do you need to know? Tour the sedum garden and discuss the needs and wants of sedum and similar sun-loving specimens.


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Sat., June 19
    TIME
    6-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  15. 32nd Annual Ozark Regional Lily Society Flower Show


    SLearn more about and see beautiful examples of this giant perennial flower, a favorite for floral arranging.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., June 26
    TIME
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  16. National Teddy Bear Picnic


    Bring your favorite stuffed bear or toy and celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack a picnic lunch and blanket or purchase lunch from Park Concessions. Event includes craft, games, story time, a teddy bear parade and frozen treat. Free, but registration is required for a timeslot below by July 5.


    AGE
    2-10 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat., July 10
    TIME
    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. or 1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  17. White Gardens at Home


    Explore the Major Close White Garden and learn how to create your own white garden at home.


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Wed., July 21
    TIME
    6-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  18. Flora and Fauna Art Exhibit


    Watercolors by Julia Barger, including flowers, landscapes and wildlife, on exhibit in the atrium.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Aug. 1-27
    TIME
    8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  19. Growing Successful Rose Gardens


    Learn how to successfully grow roses at home. Class takes place in the new rose garden.


    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Wed., Aug. 18
    TIME
    6-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free