SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Friends of the Garden are seeking new volunteers at Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, to assist with garden maintenance, education programs, garden tours, special events and more for the upcoming season.

Learn about opportunities to give back to the gardens at a volunteer orientation Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park relies heavily on volunteer assistance from a variety of organizations, but especially from committed garden, nature and history enthusiasts, to grow and maintain the gardens and attractions. Independent and group leadership volunteer opportunities are available outside, year-round, every day from sunrise to sunset.

The Jan. 23 meeting covers specific needs for:

  • Garden Groomers: Deadheading roses, trimming leaves and keeping weeds out of the flower beds are routine tasks across the park. Make a steady commitment to help out in different gardens as needed. 
  • Weed Warriors: Controlling invasive species, especially in the wooded areas and along the stream bank, to improve habitat for wildlife in the garden. Removing bush honeysuckle and winter creeper is an ongoing project. 
  • Garden Adopt-A-Spot: Take the lead with planting and maintaining a defined garden section. Garden adopters play an important role in developing and maintaining the collections and exhibits.
  • A-Team: Help with Gardens Aglow set-up and take down, as well as garden construction and improvement projects in a variety of gardens. Generally works weekdays. 

“This information meeting is designed to give residents a chance to discover ways to serve, as well as lay the foundation to empower people to invest time and service into care of the gardens,” said Katie Keith, Botanical Center Coordinator.

“Whether you have a New Year’s resolution or a group that wants to plan a day of service, there is a job for you! You are not obligated to any volunteer work by attending the meeting.”

Participants are asked to RSVP at 417-891-1515, ext. 3. Refreshments will be served. 

Last year, volunteers reported more than 13,000 hours of service to the gardens and facilities at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Well-managed parks and green spaces encourage visitors, provide communities with a sense of place, and provide opportunities for recreation, health, fitness and education.  

For more information, contact Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park at 417-891-1515. Ext. 3, or visit ParkBoard.org/Botanical.      

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