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“Great jogging path and beautiful garden”

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 80 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 112-acre Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park contains a number of garden attractions including the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and Dr. Roston Native Butterfly House; the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead; picnic pavilions; access to the South Creek Greenway. The park is open sunrise to sunset. The Botanical Center/ welcome center is open Monday-Saturday 8 am - 8 pm and Sunday 11 am - 6pm April - October. The building closes at 5 pm November - March. The majority of the park is free.
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great jogging path and beautiful garden”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

I jog here everyday, the gardens are beautiful and it is well up kept. Great place for a picnic with your significant other.

Visited September 2012
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Springfield, Missouri
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141 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Butterfly Festival in July”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Beautiful park, Japanese garden is wonderful.
Be sure to check out the annual Butterfly Festival in July. Lots of booths and activities for the kids.

Visited July 2012
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Katie S, Manager at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Garden's Butterfly Festival event. We are planning to host the next one on July 20, 2013!
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El Paso, Texas
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291 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Wonderful Place”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

I was drawn to this park by the butterfly house and botanical garden. The butterfly house is small, staffed wholly by helpful volunteers, and has mostly butterflies that can be found naturally in the area. They also have moths, caterpillars, cocoons and chrysalids, plus various other insects that manage to find their way in (and are subsequently helped back out). The botanical garden has a hosta garden, an English garden, an iris garden, a lily garden, an ornamental grass garden and many trees. The whole park is beautiful. The only negative for me is that some of the unusual trees which I would have liked to know the identity of were not labeled. There is a beautiful lake here, and plenty of trails for walking, running or bicycle riding. This is a park that is definitely worth visiting.

Visited August 2012
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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Nice park”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Great play areas for little ones and a very nice walking track. I have not been through the Japanese garden area, though.

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Springfield, Missouri
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Park”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

A beautiful, relaxing park. I spend much time on the nearby Galloway Creek greenway trails. The lake offers a peaceful atmosphere with fun watching the ducks during the summer. The rose garden is beautiful, and the natural botany of the gardens is rewarding to stroll through.

Visited July 2012
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