If you enjoy walking trails that immerse you in a tranquil lake scene, with 113-acres of lovely themed gardens, the Springfield Botanical Gardens are for you.
My husband and I spend the summer touring and writing about botanical gardens around the country. We recently spent some time in Missouri and discovered this little gem of a garden.
One of my favorite searches on Google is “Botanical Gardens Near Me.” That always takes us to a new surprise and it really didn’t disappoint this time!
Touring the Springfield Botanical Gardens
The Botanical gardens consist of 113 acres of expansive lawns, large shade trees and native wildflower gardens. The whole garden gives the impression of the word grand.
There are several themed areas and Lake Drummond sits in the center of the gardens.
I came across the Botanical Garden when I was headed for their Hosta Garden. I originally thought that this was a separate garden, but in fact, it is just a small part of the larger Springfield Botanical Gardens.
Walkways along the garden paths of the Memorial Garden have stones that are dedicated to the memory of those whose have passed away.
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Butterfly Garden Springfield Missouri
There are two areas of the botanical gardens that feature areas to view lots of butterflies. One is a densely planted perennial garden with large ornamental grasses and lots of plants with color.
The butterfly house is named for Dr. Bill Roston and contains many host plants to provide an ecological support system for butterflies and moths.
They were abuzz with both butterflies and bees when we visited. Visitors can enjoy observing the entire life cycle of dozens of species from mid-May until September.
A small butterfly house sat near this garden area. In this house, one can view caterpillars feeding, chrysalises hiding in the plants and butterflies feasting on the extra of flowers in the house.
Outside, there is an area for children to play, complete with a large butterfly planter sculpture and caterpillar tunnel.
The English Garden was small but impressive. It was densely planted with cottage garden style plants and everything was in flower as we passed through this area of the gardens.
Meandering paths, complete with stone wall and a 1750’s era sundial from Yorkshire England complete the look.
Peter Longley, a retired horticulturalist who is a native of Great Britain, created this garden in 2003.
Across from the English Garden sat Lake Drummond. A bronze statue of Anne Drummond watching over the lake was immortalized and added a nice touch to the area.
Other statues throughout the park are those showing gardeners at work and several bronze statues of children playing.
The highlight of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, for me, was their hosta garden. This lovely area was nestled under the shade of large deciduous trees.
A large fountain was sat atop some stone paver steps with beds to each side, planted with many varieties of hostas and colorful angel wing begonia plants.
At first glance, the hosta garden looked like a series of garden beds planted with the same plants – hostas and caladiums.
There is certainly some repetition, particularly with the large caladiums, but they are only there to provide a cohesive look to the area.
But on second look, instead of seeing just two types of plants, the garden beds were a real find for a hosta lover. There were dozens and dozens of different varieties of hostas in shady garden beds, all labeled as to type.
This was like a dream for me, since hostas are some of my favorite plants and I am always looking for new and unusual types.
I also enjoyed seeing the hosta companion plants which were situated in the same shady area of the garden.
The garden had Mammoth hosta varieties, variegated styles and small dwarf sized plants. It was hard for my husband to drag me away!
The White Garden sat at the entrance to the hosta garden, and as the name suggest, featured all types of plants, shrubs and trees with white flowers.
This area of the garden is inspired by the gardens of Sissinghurst Castle, in the UK and features a single shade of white throughout with a variety of perennials, annuals and shrubs.
White caladiums rimmed the picket fences and tied the white garden to the hosta garden behind it.
A large arch beckoned visitors to enter in order to find what lay beyond it.
The whole effect is a wonderful contrast to the dark foliage of plants such as huge tropical elephant ears in this area of the garden.
The Springfield Botanic Garden is known for its daylily garden. Unfortunately for us, the daylilies were done flowering. This garden is best viewed in June and July.
However, it was easy to imagine how beautiful this area of the garden would be earlier in the summer months.
There were many dozens of different varieties of daylilies, all marked with plant markers sitting in front of a large and ornate gazebo.
Each of the plants had a marker showing the name of the daylily, its hybridizer and the year it was introduced to the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
The Greenway in the Springfield Botanical Gardens
A 7 mile greenway connects all areas of the Nathanael Greene park and circles around Lake Drummond. It is the perfect venue for walking, running and biking.
There are loads of trees that give shade to those on bikes, and those walking and jogging. It’s a wonderful greenway system.
The paths overlook each of the garden beds as well as the expansive lawn areas. The trail spans from McDaniel Park Trailhead to Wilson’s Creek Greenway and would be a beautiful place to get some exercise.
Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden
This area of the botanical garden includes an ornamental perennial and shrub border with themed herb garden beds and plants that are native to Missouri.
The purpose of this area of the garden is to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to the garden.
It is hoped that people visiting will learn more about the pleasures that gardening has to offer on two fronts – for its aesthetic beauty and also for health and culinary purposes.
Other areas of the Springfield Botanical Gardens
These areas are not the only ones to explore. We spent a few hours here, but it would take a day to see it all.
The area of the park is very large. Some other notable areas of the park are:
- Redbud Garden – with 25 species of Asian and North American redbuds.
- Founders Garden – with stone markers of 11 founding friends.
- Dogwood Garden – containing 18 pink and white varieties of dogwoods – Missouri’s state tree.
- Winter Garden – has plants that add an interest through the winter months. Some of the earliest spring flowers are found in this section.
- Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden – A 7.5 acre traditional Japanese Garden established in 1986 – the only part of the Botanical Gardens that has a fee to view it.
Visiting the Springfield Botanical Gardens
If you are visiting Missouri and find yourself near Springfield, take some time to spend a few hours at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.
Although not one of the most impressive gardens that I have visited, it does have its charm and some special spots within it – especially the hosta garden.
You can find the gardens on 2400 S Scenic, Springfield MO 65807. The gardens are grounds are open sunrise to sunset. The Japanese Stroll Garden and Butterfly House are open April through September with limited hours in October.
Admission is free, except for the Japanese Garden which does have an entry fee.
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