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“Beautiful park, walks, and buildings”

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 96 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.
Reviewed October 17, 2012

My latest trip here was to take photos of a friends' family, and the backdrops here are wonderful. There is an old homestead with buildings that offer a variety of good photo ops. In addition, the park itself is beautiful, and FREE! The Japanese stroll garden is adjacent, but has a small entry fee. It was built with the help of our Japanese Sister City, and is exceptional. Best way to reach this southwest Springfield Park is off Scenic between Sunshine and Battlefield. The entry is marked, but it's easy to overlook it. Be watchful when you see the golf course on the other side.

Thank Barbara M
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Katie S, Manager at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Thank you for mentioning that the entry drive is easy to overlook. Look for the tall electronic sign between the Habitat ReStore and the Apartments at Nathanael Greene. Follow a short driveway and over the railroad tracks, look for directional signs to the left and right as you enter the park. If this is your first visit, please follow the signs to the botanical center to pick up a map and guide to this 114-acre park including 20 themed gardens, 15 special plant collections, 5 natural areas and playgrounds.

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"paved walking"
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"wide open spaces"
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"kite flying"
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"beautiful flowers"
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"bike ride"
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"enjoy the beauty"
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"great place to walk"
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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.

Thank MrShawnD
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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.

Thank alr464
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Katie S, Manager at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

Thank Jesusan
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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.

Thank Alesha19
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