September 27, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Botanical Center Celebrates One-year Anniversary

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board celebrates the one-year anniversary of its Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center with a free weekend of events on Friday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 16, including hands-on activities for children and adults, horticulture seminars, live entertainment, and an all-afternoon Saturday "First Anniversary Garden Party and Concert," featuring local, regional and international guest musicians.

Weekend Activities

The celebration will highlight the relationship with our Sister Cities as well as the continued functionality of the building and surrounding grounds. The celebration will offer a number of free activities for the public to enjoy including a free concert with performers from our sister city Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Saturday's entertainment will include performances by:

A full schedule is being developed and will be available soon at www.botanicalcenter.org or call 417-891-1515.

On Friday night, register for the "Formal Feasts" Tablescapes demonstration by Horticultural Interpreter, Peter Longley. This presentation will feature festive entertaining ideas inspired by the gardens and the seasons. Throughout the weekend, we encourage visitors to explore all of the Parks' amenities including the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Dr. Roston Native Butterfly House, The Play Trail and NatureGrounds® Play Equipment, Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden and many more gardens! On Sunday, register for the Bonsai Workshop, when members of the Botanical Society will demonstrate the fine art of training and pruning this delicate Japanese tree and don't miss another concert with world renowned flautist Bettine Clemen. Program registrations and advanced ticket sales are available through the Botanical Boutique and Marketplace by calling 417-891-1515.

The first concerted effort to raise private funds for the Botanical Center began in 2003 following the initial architectural design and estimate. On Oct. 20, 2006, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board approved a master plan for the Complex. That master plan includes 45 distinct gardens to be developed over several years, including the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

The 12,700-square foot Botanical Center facility, within Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, is owned and operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and features classroom space for outreach programs and public services provided by the MU Extension and Master Gardeners of Greene County in the Plant Diagnostics Hotline. The building also has a large two-story atrium, adjacent gift shop and restrooms. The facility houses a number of offices for University of Missouri Extension, Friends of the Garden and Park Board Botanical staff.

For more information about scheduled activities, call 417-891-1515 or visit www.parkboard.org (directly http://bit.ly/rtTn44).