Garden Archive Odds & Ends

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 New Wildflowers Book
Edgar Denison's classic book Missouri Wildflowers is out in a new edition, and it's terrific. Published by the Missouri Conservation Department, this indispensable guide arranges our wildflowers by flower color and bloom time with descriptions and includes 297 beautiful color photos, 200 of which are new. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves wildflowers and would like to learn about them. Hot Tip: A bargain at its regular price of $12, it can be found at the Conservation Nature Center in Springfield, Missouri, and most bookstores.

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 We Didn't Know You Could Do This...
......until Shirley Anderson showed us. For the best and easiest daylily display, take whatever blossoms you like and set them anywhere you please. Daylily flowers last only a day whether in water or out, so placing them in water poses no advantages. This is the entryway to Shirley and husband Rocket's garden in west Springfield, Missouri, which we're busy posting on the website right now. You'll find it here.

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 Hey, the Botanical Center is Actually Going Up!
From September 1, 2009
After many years of planning and fundraising, the new, $4.3 million Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center is actually being built.  We caught this photo September 1 at the Center site in Springfield's Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The winning bidder, the R. E. Smith Construction Co. of Joplin, Missouri, has built other key Springfield-Greene County Park Board projects such as the Cooper Tennis Center, Killian Fields, and the Rutledge-Wilson barn at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park.Note: For more on the Botanical Center and what it will do for all of us, click here.

Japanese Fall Festival Today & Tomorrow
From September 11, 2009:
The Japanese Fall Festival, certainly one of the Ozarks' most colorful events, is happening today and tomorrow (September 12-13) at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield's Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. This year's festival features St. Louis Taiko Drummers; Kuniko Yamamoto, who tells stories in mime, masks, and music; Candy Miyuki, who sculpts candy images; martial arts demonstrations; a spinning top artist; crafts and craft demonstrations; a tea ceremony; food and drink; local musicians; and the traditional Candlelight Walk. The hours are Friday 5:30-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Note: Opening night features a parade with hundreds of children especially chosen from all elementary schools in Springfield. 

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 Hostas, Other Plants in Auction Today
From September 26, 2009
Hostas, America's most popular foliage plant, take the spotlight today at the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society's Annual Plant Auction. Other plants and garden items will also be up for bids, and it all happens at 2 p.m. in the Paviliion near the Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue in Springfield, Missouri. This event is the Hosta Society's main fundraiser to help support the marvelous Hosta Garden in Close Park.  Folks are encouraged to help out by donating plants or other garden items for the auction. For details contact Lee Coates at 417-443-2472.

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 Rose Society 2009 Rose Show Today
From September 26, 2000
The Rose Society of the Ozarks stages its 2009 Rose Show this afternoon (Saturday, September 26)) from 2-5 p.m. in the Library Center at 4653 S. Campbell Avenue in Springfield, Missouri. The public is welcome and it's all free. These are the folks responsible for the beautiful Rose Garden in Close Memorial Park, so they know their stuff. Note: We've seen this show and loved it. For info, call 417-724-8160.

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 Butterfly House Now Closed
From September 30, 2009
If you haven't yet seen the Butterfly House in Springfield, Missouri's, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, you've missed out for this year, but the attraction definitely will be back in 2010.
More than 12,000 visitors this summer saw first hand the actual life cycles of many of Missouri's native butterflies, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to winged creature. (We're talking live butterflies, too, not film, video or slide shows.)  Adults and adult-kids love this one, and we think it goes to the top of the list. Note: The picture above was taken at the Butterfly House and for a few more photos, you can click here.

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 A Japanese Stroll Garden Special Day, with Free Events
From October 10, 2009
The Cherry Court Garden Club
of Springfield, Missouri, will hold its Fall Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Saturday, October 10) in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield. During the same hours, the Botanical Society will also hold its Annual Chrysanthemum Festival in the Garden, featuring locally grown mums and a chance to buy raffle tickets for a beautiful Japanese Maple and other items. Special classes will also be held in these subjects: The Art of Bonsai (11 a.m.), Outdoor Photography (12 noon), and Japanese Maples (1 p.m.) Note: Admission to the Stroll Garden will be free between its normal operating hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oh, Hey, Another Note: The Stroll Garden will close for the season October 31. For more info, call 417-725-3223.

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 Last Day of a Great Tree Sale
From October 18, 2009
We don't sell advertising on OzarksGardens.com, but we do let people know when nurseries do good things for gardeners. Wickman's Garden Village at 1345 S. Fort Ave. in Springfield, Missouri, today wraps up a terrific tree sale--it's 50% off the nursery's entire stock of maples, including all Japanese Maples, Sugar and other Maples. All other ornamental and canopy trees are 1/3 off, and the only trees excluded from the sale are conifers. Also on the bill: hayrides, pumpkin painting, face-painting, and other surprises. 

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 Greater Springfield Farmers' Market Open
From May, 2009
The Greater Springfield Farmers' Market, Missouri's largest Class A farmers' market, is a great fresh food resource and good, colorful fun as well. It's in the Battlefield Mall parking lot Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tip: Find a list of vendors and a very cool Harvest Schedule here.

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 Yet More Farmers' Markets...
From May, 2009
Farmers' markets
are springing up all over the Ozarks, and one of our favorite newspapers, the weekly Springfield Business Journal, has an excellent story on same by writer Tresa McBee. Read about the Park Central Square, Ozark Square, Wilson's Creek, C-Street, and Greater Springfield markets here, and hey, there's even a map!

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 If It's Plants You Want....
From April 24, 2009
We almost hate telling you about it, because we don't really want to help others snap up bargains we might like. But, fair's fair, so here's telling you one of the best plants sales ever, anywhere, is this Saturday, April 24--the Master Gardeners Plant Sale in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, Missouri. It's from 7:30 a.m. until the plants are gone. At left, a miniscule fraction of the thousands of plants gardeners grow for the sale. Hot tip: For the best choices, be there real early.

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 Oh, By the Way...Another Great Sale
Coinciding with the Master Gardeners Plant Sale this Saturday at the same location--Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park--is the annual Spring Daylily Sale of the Ozark Daylily Club. It starts at 7 a.m. These are the folks who play the major role in the park's phenomenal Daylily Garden (which you can see via the Real Gardens link on this website). They really know daylilies, are helpful as can be, and their daylily choices and prices are terrific. We know this sale, and believe us, if you love daylilies and need some, it's not to be missed.

The Botanical Center Christmas Train
From January 3, 2010
Garden railway clubs are great fun, and we have one in the Ozarks. It's called the Ozark Garden Railway Society and it was created by folks who, yep, actually set up model railroads to run through their gardens. For the holidays the group set up a special train to run for kids of all ages in the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, MO. It's worth a visit and to learn more about these whimsical railroaders, you can click here. (Note: on the wall at left the busts of two of the Botanical Center's most generous benefactors, Major & Marthe Close, have been given a Christmas makeover.)

A Famous Tree Comes to the Ozarks
endicott-pear-jpg.jpgThe sprig behind the sign is quite an addition for the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri. It's a grafted cutting from the oldest cultivated fruit tree in North America. The reknown Endicott Pear, presumably brought from England, was planted in Danvers, Massachusetts between 1632 and 1649. This cutting is now growing in the Botanical Gardens' Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, and you can see it yourself at 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.

Some Favorite Folks
george-and-mary-fran-jpg.jpgTwo of our favorite people, George Deatz and Mary Fran DiGirolamo. For starters, they're both likable as all git-out, and for the rest, they both work tirelessly as Friends of the Garden to promote, encourage, and advance gardening in the Ozarks. Here they're taking a break while volunteering at the Butterfly Festival in Springfield, Missouri. We know a lot of good folks in the Ozarks gardening world, and we just might post some more, so you can know them a little bit, too.

A Good Thing To Do
ashleigh-weeding-jpg.jpgHere's Ashleigh weeding the Lily Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri.She says that right now she really needs help. Anyone who wants to experience the deep satisfaction of helping out with these gorgeous gardens can call the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515. They'd love to hear from you and you can work as much or as little as you like or have time for. Our advice: Go pull a weed in the Botanical Gardens. You won't believe how good it makes you feel.

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