Grow Your Local Botanical Gardens

Springfield Botanical Gardens (Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park) provided respite and solace to our community during COVD-19. Help us keep this extraordinary place growing and free for all to enjoy!

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

19 Supporters

Your gift of $10 or more will purchase 1-2 plants for our garden beds. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal.

$25.00 Level

29 Supporters

Your $25 donation will purchase 3-5 plants for our garden beds! Please consider sharing our project on your social media channels to help add to our momentum.

$50.00 Level

14 Supporters

Your contribution of $50 will purchase about 3 square feet of accessible garden pathways! Please plan on returning to this page to check our project’s progress as we near our deadline.

$100.00 Level

17 Supporters

Your generous $100 donation will purchase about 3 square feet of accessible garden pathways! Thank you for your generosity.

Project Overview

Springfield Botanical Gardens (Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park) is an extraordinary place in your own backyard. It features more than 40 garden areas over more than 100 acres, and all but one garden are free for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the pandemic, the gardens have stood as a safe and beautiful place to escape the worries of COVID-19. Now more than ever, people are coming to the gardens to connect with nature, exercise their bodies and minds, and reunite with family and friends.

This is possible because of donors like you. Donations to Friends of the Garden help us maintain and enhance the gardens and ensure they will always be a free community amenity.

The gardens have seen immense growth in FOG’s 20 years of existence. In 2019 alone, FOG invested more than $470,000 in garden projects.

The master plan for the future of the gardens calls for exponential growth to execute best-practice placemaking. FOG is committed to that future, but it needs funds for operating expenses so the organization can grow to meet the needs of the master plan.

Help us grow the Springfield Botanical Gardens and realize the vision for its future. The Springfield Botanical Gardens are more than the blooms and winding pathways that mark the picturesque land.

It is a place where families come together, where love is joined, and where little ones master riding a bike. It is a place where culture celebrates, where history comes to life, and where curiosity is cultivated. 

It is a testament to the 40+ park partner organizations and hundreds of dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours caring for the grounds. It is a place made for the community, by the community.


Photos by Aaron J. Scott


Just 3 hours to go!

Dear Donors,

There are just 3 hours left in #GiveOzarks, and we have raised more than $2,500!

We want to say thank you to everyone who has brought us this far. We are so grateful to you for your passion for the Springfield Botanical Gardens and your belief in the vision for its future.

Your generosity today will help see us through the COVID-19 pandemic so we can continue to #GrowTheGardens and make sure they remain a free community amenity for generations to come.

We hope you'll share your donation with friends and encourage them to donate as well. You can donate as little as $5, and for each unique donation within each hour, we'll be entered to win a $5,000 prize!

Thank you again for helping us bring people, nature and gardens together at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

- Friends of the Garden

Thank you for your generosity!

Dear Donors,

Thanks to your generosity, we raised nearly $4,000 to #GrowTheGardens this #GiveOzarks! Thank you so much for your passion for and belief in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. We are so grateful to you for your support and shares throughout the day!

Thank you,
Friends of the Garden


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 (Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park), 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