20 for 2020: Help Grow the Garden

$20 for 20 years in 2020! Your donation to Friends of the Garden will inspire discovery, understanding, and appreciation of nature now and in the future. Help FOG make the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park an extraordinary place for years to come.

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Pledge Incentives

$5.00 Level

0 Supporters

Growing a garden is a combination of steps, large and small. When they come together, things really start to bloom! Every individual step counts and your $5 donation can purchase a new plant for our garden beds. All donations will help Friends of the Garden continue the Springfield Botanical Gardens' growth for the next 20 years.

$20.00 Level

45 Supporters

What could be more fitting than to give $20 to celebrate the Friends of the Garden's 20th anniversary? Your donation level helps our volunteer gardeners plant three to four plants and will bring us closer to our goal of $20,000 for Friends of the Garden’s general fund.

$40.00 Level

34 Supporters

It’s 2020, so why not double-down? This donation can create a lasting change in the garden by helping plant one to two plants and providing two feet of garden pathway. It is a big step toward our financial goal and ensuring the Springfield Botanical Gardens is a community amenity for years to come.

$200.00 Level

0 Supporters

Just as the larger projects and installations have helped Friends of the Garden transform the Springfield Botanical Gardens into a destination for our community, your generous donation of $200 will have a significant impact on keeping the garden a place where all people can come together to enjoy the outdoors and nature.

Project Overview

Friends of the Garden is celebrating its 20th anniversary of bringing people, nature and gardens together with a $20,000 fundraiser. Your donation to FOG supports the continued maintenance and improvement of Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.

FOG is an nonprofit organization dedicated to the financial support and ongoing maintenance of Springfield Botanical Gardens. In the 20 years since the inception of FOG, Springfield Botanical Gardens has undergone a metamorphosis to become one of the premier attractions in our area. By donating, you can ensure 20 more years of positive change and growth.

Springfield Botanical Gardens is more than the land and the plants that make their homes there. It is a place where families find togetherness in the wonders of nature. It is where our community gathers to enjoy each other's company in awe-inspiring surroundings. It is a place that has a positive impact on the overall quality of life, health, environmental, social and economic aspects of our resident families and visitors alike. Especially now, this valuable resource provides our community with a much-needed respite through contact with nature and space to safely be together.

We invite you to be a part of making sure this invaluable resource continues its growth and is a place of comfort and inspiration for generations to come. Your donation will directly aid the beautification and upkeep of this unique and valuable resource to our community.

Springfield Botanical Gardens by the numbers

  • 112 acres
  • 40+ gardens/garden areas – two of them with national display status
  • Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, internationally recognized
  • Gray/Campbell Farmstead featuring the oldest home in Springfield
  • Roston Native Butterfly House
  • Lake Drummond
  • Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
  • Peace Through People Pavilion & Amphitheater
  • 3+ miles of walking trails
  • Great Lawn
  • Connection to Ozark Greenways’ South Creek Greenway
  • Naturegrounds playground & Playcore play pods for children
  • Botanical Center building with offices and meeting space – 2,500 square feet inside and 2,725 on the rooftop plaza
  • 800,000 estimated annual visitors
  • Top 5 Destination on TripAdvisor for Things to do in Springfield


Thank You for Giving!

The Friends of the Garden would like to thank you for your generous contribution to the 20 for 2020 campaign! By giving, you are ensuring our community has a place to connect with nature and find inspiration for generations to come. Every donation makes a direct impact, helping keep the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park a place for all to find calm and beauty along its walkways.

Because of the thoughtful contributions of yourself and others, we have reached 30% of our goal. Please help us keep the momentum going by sharing the campaign with your friends and on social media. The 20 for 2020 campaign runs until August 23rd and we want to spread the word about helping this great resource in Springfield. As a proven park promoter, you are one of our best voices!

We appreciate your joining with us to benefit one of the true treasures of our community - we are well on our way to making 20 for 2020 a reality thanks to you!


About Friends of the Garden

Friends of the Gardens exists to inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining the Springfield Botanical Gardens, by unifying its park partners,  and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board.

Friends of the Garden


Springfield, MO