Our current mission to make this website a more useful resource for gardeners is making real progress, it seems. We've now reworked quite a few pages and are thinking you might like seeing some of the results.
If you click on the small photos here, they'll take you to some of the new pages. The photo at left, for example, is a magic carpet ride to one of the most inspiring (and helpful!) gardens imaginable--the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Springfield, Missouri. Its page is now filled with photos and info on more than 90 plants, all of which thrive in the Ozarks and could really help brighten your surroundings.
At right is a link to a page that's a big, big favorite of many visitors to this website. It's called Garden Finds and it's a collection of surprising scenes any of us might just happen upon in the Ozarks that give our region special color and character.
If you click on the lovely lady at left you'll go to Earth Mother Gardens, a delightful collection of absolutely wonderful plants she and her husbnd grow.
Clicking on the pic at lower right will whisk you off to the new page on the Butterfly Garden, a beloved feature in the beautiful Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri.
We've reworked other pages, too, but these should be enough to give you a taste of the new. You may notice that photos on the new pages are quite a bit bigger than before and can be enlarged even more. Not so obvious is that we're also working to provide better, more useful information.
Let us say we very much appreciate your visiting OzarksGardens. We hope you find the website helpful and, of course, we always welcome any comments, criticisms, or suggestions you might have for improving it.
That said, happy gardening, one and all.
Note: If you like our little "Green Ink Notes", or at least find them a little bit helpful, in response to quite a few requests we've posted a whole bunch of them here.
|A Good Thing To Do|
Here'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.
|A Winter Beauty|
Flowering Kale (Brassica oleracea) is a great plant for brightening up the winter garden or patio. It grows beautifully in the ground or in containers and you can find it at most Ozarks nurseries even as we speak. It comes in many shades of green, cream, white, red, pink, and purple. It grows to 1 1/2 feet tall and as wide, and this one came from Wickman's Garden Village in Springfield, Missouri.
|The Butterfly House is Closed for the Season|
The wonderful Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House is closed for the season. At left, docents Marcia Justice and Betty Shook worked in the last few days on the new brick floor installed to allow easier wheelchair access. Located in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at 2400 South Scenic in Springfield, Missouri, the House will reopen May 9, 2014.
|A Famous Tree Comes to the Ozarks|
The 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 Folk|
Two 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 Hotline with Some Answers|
All you have to do for answers to lawn, tree, shrub, flower, or garden questions is dial 417-881-8909 ext. 320. The Master Gardeners Hotline goes from 9-4 Monday through Friday. It works. At left, master gardener Liz Taylor (no, not that Liz Taylor) brings plenty of good humor to the job.
|A BOTANICAL GARDENS THEFT|
Boy, do we hate having to post this story from the Friends of the Garden. But it's important. If you can help, please do:
THIEVES STRIKE AGAIN! SPRINGFIELD BOTANICAL GARDENS LOSE 40 PLANT IDENTIFICATION SIGNS
Over the last couple of days thieves have stolen at least 40 plant identification signs from the Dwarf Conifer Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.
These signs were made and installed by Friends of the Garden volunteer labor. They were made using a laser engraver and are 3X5 inches, black plastic with white letters. The plant's common and Latin name both appear along with the "Friends of the Garden" branding. At a time when we are attempting to place plant identification signs in all of the gardens this theft represents a setback in both funds and time. Time that could be used to produce public educational signs for another garden.
The Dwarf Conifer Garden is a beautiful garden located along the South Creek Greenway in the southeast section of the park. Initial funding for the garden's construction in 2010 was provided by Positronic Industries Inc. and the Gentry family. The garden is considered a "crown jewel" and is much admired by those who have seen it. Most recently Tom Cox who authored the book Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast visited the garden on October 14 and was impressed with what he saw. The value of this loss is placed at $400 and is covered by the $500 joint reward fund in place by Friends of the Garden and Master Gardeners of Greene County for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft. Anyone with information please contact Crime Stoppers 417-869-8477.
To learn more about Friends of the Garden visit: www.friendsofthegarden.org.
| ||It's Not a Happy Note, But If You Know Any Folks Who Have a New Japanese Maple....|
...ask them where they got it. If they didn't buy it from a nursery or garden center but rather from a private individual, call Crimestoppers at 869-8477 so they can look into the matter further. Over the Memorial Day holiday someone dug up and stole a Japanese Maple from the Winter Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, Missouri. By doing so the guilty party or parties victimized the Gardens and all who love them, and if they sold it they also victimized the buyer. NOTE: To help us protect our public gardens, there is a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the thief or thieves.
|An Extra-Special Feature|
We hope you've seen the Botanical Blog by Peter Longley on this website. Peter, novelist, general horticultural whiz, and gardener extraordinaire, keeps us current on doings at the beautiful Springfield Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri, and on Ozarks gardening in general. We're most grateful for Peter's sharing the Blog here. If you've not discovered how helpful it is, you'll find it here.
|Unthinkable, But True|
To many it's unthinkable, but it's happening: Greene County, Missouri, is losing elements of its Missouri University Extension program. Why? Because the County Commission cut funding from $95,000 in 2009 to the state-mandated minimum of $10,000 per year. Support staff has already been cut and 4-H Youth Development Specialist Velynda Cameron, an educator recognized nationally, has been transferred to Polk County, a move said to greatly diminish Greene County's 4-H program, which now serves 271 young people. Most recently, the county has lost Human Development Specialist Jim Wirth, who is being transferred to Taney County, which provides adequate Extension funding. The loss of Wirth, according to Jay Chism, southwest region director of MU Extension, will make meeting the needs for programs related to families, elderly and human development in Greene County much more difficult.To see what other key services, including Master Gardener training, may be lost to the county's 275,174 residents if the program doesn't receive additional funding, click here.
|The Springfield Botanical Gardens Story|
The Springfield Botanical Gardens and its centerpiece Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center are open and drawing thousands of visitors and you can click here for news of how it all came to be and the many benefits it brings to the Ozarks, and indeed, all of the Midwest.