Tickets are available now for $5 each and may be purchased in the Master Gardener Hotline Room at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., or at the following businesses: Garden Adventures, Maschino’s, Wickman Gardens and Schaffitzel’s Greenhouse. Tickets on the day of the tour are $7 each.
Here’s a run-down of the tour route, according to Master Gardener and Springfield Watergarden Society president Pat Ware:
- Begin in central Springfield with a formal English garden designed with brick walkways, boxwood hedges and other plants.
- Next is a magnificent conifer garden in southeast Springfield.
- Proceed to a large garden of daylilies, hosta and much more near Evans Road followed by an amazing shade garden with towering trees, hostas and Japanese maples near Fremont Hills and a fabulous lakeside home featuring watergardens and formal landscaping at Nixa.
- Drive by for a quick look at the Gardens at Woodfield or get out and walk the almost half-mile track of planted berms.
- Head west to Clever to view a five-acre home with more than 100 varieties of identified trees and about 70 shrubs.
- Go another few miles to Billings and see a three-acre garden featuring large watergardens.
- Then travel to Republic to view another watergarden with lots of unusual garden art to make you think about what you might do with that old wagon or bike.
- Head back to south Springfield for a manicured garden full of native plants.
- Next stop is a garden packed with veggies of all kinds.
- Last stop is an intimate garden with an incredible raised rock pond surrounded by shrubs, trees and loads of annuals.
“You can visit any garden on the tour at any time, in any order, during the designated times,” said Ware, “but the suggested route has been carefully driven and studied from many angles to make the most efficient use of time and miles. Directions are garden to garden in a large loop, so the last garden gives directions back to the first garden.”
Call (417) 881-8909 for more information about this tour, including specific addresses to paid participants. Funds raised at the event will help the Springfield Watergarden Society promote water gardening and the Master Gardeners create and maintain the Greene County public gardens and staff the popular gardening hotline, (417) 881-8909, Ext. 320.