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SPRINGFIELD, MO — Mark your calendars for Garden Day, Thursday, May 11, 3-7 p.m., at Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Garden Day is an exciting and enriching event for Friends of the Garden and other garden enthusiasts, presented by Friends of the Garden in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
The event includes the opportunity to meet with garden adopters and volunteers to learn about the beauty and diversity of plants, preview the Roston Native Butterfly House before it reopens for the season May 12, and other activities. Plant adopters will be set up on the roof plaza, atrium, and south patio doors at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
“Springfield Botanical Gardens is one of the most unique public gardens in the country as we rely on passionate plant people who volunteer their time and expertise, and financial donors to create and maintain gardens for all to enjoy,” said Katie Keith, coordinator of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. “We hope that people who enjoy the park will come to this event and gain a better appreciation for nature and the gardens and, hopefully, make new friends.” Friends of the Garden holds their Annual Meeting during the event, at 5 p.m. in the Botanical Center, presenting a snapshot of what was accomplished in 2022 and a preview of what lies ahead for 2023.
“This event is designed to bring together all people who support the Springfield Botanical Gardens – adopters, sponsors, volunteers, members and visitors,” said Heather Parker, Executive Director of Friends of the Garden. “It takes all of us to create this space enjoyed by so many.”
Garden Day kicks off National Public Gardens Week, May 12-21, where everyone is invited to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens, both at home and wherever they travel.
Friends of the Garden’s mission is to inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at the Springfield Botanical Gardens and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board.
For more information, visit https://www.friendsofthegarden.org/events/garden-day/ or contact Heather Parker, Executive Director of Friends of the Garden, at 417-874-2952.