In 2010, Dr. Bill Roston began an extensive collection of conifers in a range of colors, shapes, textures and sizes. The garden includes meandering paths, a bridge, waterfall and rock outcroppings. The location in South Creek's flood plain has been a detrimental to the success of the garden. The master plan calls for reimagining the collection closer to the Botanical Center in the future.
It’s such an unusual feature for this region that it’s a favorite of many visitors and a popular stop not far off the greenway trail. It’s also a source of inspiration, especially for people with smaller homes or smaller yards to see potential landscaping options.
The garden, terraced to a height of eight feet, includes meandering paths, a bridge, waterfall and rock outcroppings.
One particular plant, the “Soft Serve” Chamaecyparis was developed, introduced and brought to market by Dow and Linda Whiting of Garden Adventures in Nixa after Dow discovered an interesting mutation of soft, textured growth.
Initial support for the garden came through a grant from Positronic Industries.