Making a Reservation

The Botanical Center is pleased to offer meeting space for social gatherings and business functions. For all your Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park needs, contact us at 417-891-1515. Before you call, please read the policies and fee schedules. Private events are scheduled on a first come, first scheduled basis.


Basic Romance Package: $75

Parks staff can help you orchestrate a special date or engagement in one of our beautiful gardens of your choice. A private picnic including the following:

  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • Bottle of sparkling juice
  • Plastic toasting flutes
  • Paper or plastic plates
  • Napkins
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Fruit, cheese, crackers
  • Chocolates

These additional items are also available:

  • Fresh florals w/vase $25
  • Bistro Set usage $40
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48 hour advance notice is required. Garden location is approved based on availability.

Please direct any questions or to book a date night or engagement in the gardens, please contact: Angela Keith at the Botanical Center: 417-891-1515 x 2 or via email.

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  1. Rentals for under 25 guests

  2. Redbud Garden & Gazebo

    1 hr. minimum  |  $100/hr.  |  Up to 25 guests
    Hearts, the leaf-shape of the redbud, surround the Redbud Gazebo. Redbuds bloom in late March through early April, but annual floral displays and hearts make this an attractive site spring through fall. You and your guests will enjoy the close proximity to the Botanical Center restrooms and parking area.

  3. Daylily Garden & Gazebo

    1 hr. minimum  |  $100/hr.  |  Up to 25 guests
    The Daylily Garden & Gazebo is located in the herbacious collections south of the Butterfly House. Peonies bloom ine arly may and the daylilies peak mid-June through mid-July. Located near the center of the gardens, enjoy the pleasant stroll through the garden to this intimate gathering space.

  4. Alternate Garden Locations – Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, Winter Garden

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  6. Rentals for 50 guests

  7. Gray-Campbell Farmstead & Pavilion

    1 hr. minimum  |  $100/hr.  |  Up to 50 guests
    Located adjacent to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, enjoy the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead, complete with a log kitchen, log granary, 2-crib barn, outhouse and family cemetery. Historic buildings can be opened with prior approval from the Farmstead Association and a $50/hr donation to the Farmstead Association for a volunteer staff the event. View photos and read more about the Gray-Campbell Farmstead.

  8. Hosta Garden & Drummond Deck

    4 hr. minimum  |  $500/4 hrs.  |  Up to 50 guests
    Cool shade and soothing cascades make the hosta garden one of the most popular areas for wedding rentals.

  9. Dwarf Conifer Garden

    4 hr. minimum  |  $100/hr.; $50/hr. for access to buildings  |  Up to 50 guests
    Colorful evergreen shrubs and perennials surround this attractive garden area with waterfall and moon bridge.

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  11. Rentals for 100+ guests

  12. Peace Through People Pavilion

    1 hr. minimum  |  $100/hr.  |  Over 100 guests
    Located east of the Springfield Botanical Center building, The Peace Through People Pavilion is a band shell powered for stage lighting and amplified sound facing a landscaped natural amphitheater that can accommodate hundreds of guests using lawn chairs or blanket seating.

  13. Great Lawn & Roof Plaza

    4 hr. minimum  |  $500/4 hrs.  |  Over 100 guests
    Atop the Botanical Center, big skies and breath-taking views of the grand vista leading to Drummond Lake. Conveniently located adjacent to the main parking lot and above the main building, this area can accommodate larger wedding parties and is well-suited for hosting social events.

  14. Japanese Stroll Garden Moon Deck

    4 hr. minimum  |  $500/4 hrs.  |  Over 100 guests
    Located in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

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  16. Picnic Pavilions

  17. Nathanael Greene Park Pavilion

    4 hr. minimum  |  $50/4 hrs.  |  Over 100 guests
    Enjoy the generous lawn space, high shade and close proximity to playgrounds.

  18. Japanese Garden Pavilion

    4 hr. minimum  |  $125/4 hrs.  |  Over 100 guests
    Adjacent to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, the pavilion offers restroom facilities, cover, and convenient parking. Includes admission for 30 into the Japanese Garden during scheduled event time. Additional passes available at the $3/person group rate

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