SPRINGFIELD, MO — Friends of the Garden, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, presents the 5th Annual Gardens Aglow, a botanical-themed light festival illuminating Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, located at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

More than 200,000 festive lights accent the unique structures and landscaping of the Stroll Garden and capture the winter beauty of nature. Light features include RGB lights, light tunnels, firecracker lights, framed installations, water feature lights, up lighting and string lights. Cozy up to a fire pit and enjoy hot beverages and treats from local vendors. The accessible pathway includes about a half-mile trail.  Wheelchairs may be available upon request, first come, first served.

Gardens Aglow runs 5-8:30 p.m. on select dates: November 24-26; December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23, 26-31. Advanced online tickets are $5/Adult; $3/Child ages 3-12. Admission at the gate is $7/Adult; $4/Child. Kids age 2 years and under free. View full schedule and prepurchase tickets at FriendsoftheGarden.org.   

New this year, an adults-only Sip & Stroll, featuring complimentary hot cocoa, charcuterie and a special drone light show, is offered Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m. Purchase $30 advanced tickets online only, by Dec. 1.

Also new, Gray/Campbell Farmstead is also joining in the fun with an old-time Christmas at the Farmstead and Bazaar Dec. 1 and 2, 5-8 p.m. Admission is free.

Light features are made possible by the Friends of the Garden, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten, Heavy Metal Christmas,  Iris Society of the Ozarks, Springfield Herb Society, Ozarks Daylily Society, and Ozark Regional Lily Society. New frames this year were designed and made by Kodiak Trailers, Bill Fullerton, and the Park Operations construction crew.  Simmons Bank generously sponsors Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Gray/Campbell Farmstead and Springfield Sister Cities Association.

Proceeds from Gardens Aglow support dozens of gardens, programs and environmental improvements throughout the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Learn about volunteer opportunities and become a member of Friends of Garden at FriendsoftheGarden.org

For information on how to volunteer at Springfield Botanical Gardens, or to become a project donor, contact Heather Parker, Executive Director of Friends of the Garden, at 417-874-2952 or visit FriendsoftheGarden.org

For media inquiries, contact Heather Parker or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510 (mobile).

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