Celebrate National Gardens Week at the Springfield Botanical Gardens

Celebrate National Public Gardens Week from Monday-Sunday, May 13-19, 2019 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. Enjoy a romantic stroll, the opening of the Roston Native Butterfly House, a native plant sale and a free concert.

Romance in the Garden invites couples to take a romantic stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden lit by tiki torches and lanterns on Friday or Saturday, May 17 or 18 between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. The ultimate date night package is $60 and includes admission and wishing lanterns for two and a secluded location preset with a plush blanket and a basket of goodies.

Browse and purchase a wide variety of Missouri plants at the Native Plant Market on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn all about native plants and their relevance to Missouri’s ecosystem and home gardens at a series of free workshops led by area conservation organizations: Planting for Pollinators at 9 a.m.; Caterpillar Rearing at 10 a.m.; and Landscaping with Natives at 11 a.m.

The Roston Native Butterfly House opens for the season from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Celebrate 10 years of supporting native pollinators at 1 p.m. inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. When Dr. Roston founded the Native Butterfly House in 2009, it was the first of its kind in Missouri. It saw 14,000 visitors in its first year and now educates some 40,000 visitors per year.

Listen to a free Gigs in the Garden concert by Betsy Nace and Dr. Jeremy Chesman on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Peace through People Pavilion. Nace is a professional flutist with international performance credits and Dr. Chesman is a professional harpist and a professor at Missouri State University. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.

These events are organized by Friends of the Garden in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. All events take place rain or shine; severe weather may cause outdoor events to move inside or cancel. For more information, please visit friendsofthegarden.org, call 417-874-2952 or e-mail info@friendsofthegarden.org.