Close Park Winter

The ArborEnlarge photo

Close Memorial Park in Springfield, Missouri, is known with adjoining Nathanael Greene Park as Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Located at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield, both parks form the site of the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. (You'll find much more on this website about the Botanical Center; e.g., here.)
      Happily, more and more people are discovering this beautiful park complex with its beautiful Botanical Center and many botanical gardens. Here, George Deatz, president of the Friends of the Garden volunteers who raised funds for the Center and help create and maintain the gardens, reveals Close Park's beauty under a cover of snow.

Winter HydrangeaWinter Hydrangea

Light and shadow. A hydrangea in the park's new Flowering Shrub Garden, a botanical garden.
Winter's Ornamental GrassesWinter's Ornamental Grasses

The park's Ornamental Grass Garden may be unique in the United States in that it contains some 125 grass varieties. In winter, it remains a striking attraction.
The StrollThe Stroll

Close Park is perfect for strolling even in the snow.
Anne DrummondAnne Drummond

The bronze statue of Anne Drummond, beloved civic leader and member of the Close family, whose generosity is responsible for the creation of Close Park, sits by the Lake that bears her name.
Paul Redfearn's BenchPaul Redfearn's Bench

A bench in honor of Paul Redfearn, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Missouri State University, whose work with the Friends of the Garden volunteer organization contributed greatly to the success of the mission to raise funds to build the park's Botanical Center.
Major Close's StatueMajor Close's Statue

Major Close, whose contributions of time, energy, and funding have been a major (no pun intended) force in the creation of Close Memorial Park, is honored by this remarkable bronze statue. It's worth noting that Major can often be found in exactly this position.
The Butterfly House ShellThe Butterfly House Shell

The Butterfly House, created by Bill Roston for the Friends of the Garden, is a new attraction that even with limited hours drew more than 12,000 visitors in the summer of 2009. Come spring, a netting will be fit over this skeletal framework and the House once more filled with butterflies in all stages of life.
Butterfly GirlButterfly Girl

This bronze of a little girl mesmerized by a butterfly is the centerpiece for the Butterfly Garden, another of the park's botanical gardens.
The GardenThe Garden

This sign marks one of the park's most beautiful botanical gardens, the English Garden.
The ArborThe Arbor

The rose arbor rests in the park's White Garden, serving also as a gateway to the Hosta Garden and looking out toward the hilltop site of the new Botanical Center.
The GazeboThe Gazebo

The gazebo provides a welcome resting place amidst the park's Daylily Garden and Peony Garden.
The ChildThe Child

This pensive child graces the English Garden
The Winter Rock GardenThe Winter Rock Garden

The Rock Garden is actually part of the park's Hosta Garden. Charming on its own, it may be even lovelier with its coating of snow.

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