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  1. Homeschool Horticulture

    Plant science programs that supplement home school STEM curriculum. Designed to meet specific grade level needs, but all ages are welcome. Registration required, space is limited. Botanical Center 891-1515

    Kindergarten-High School
    Thursdays at 10 a.m.
    Jan. 17: Kindergarten
    Jan. 31: Grades 1-2
    Feb. 14: Grades 5-6
    Feb. 28: Grades 7-8
    March 14: High School

  2. Garden Story Time

    A garden-themed story in the Botanical Center, followed by a fun science-based activity. Botanical Center 891-1515

    Preschoolers and family
    Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on January 9, February 13, March 13 and April 10

  3. Volunteer Orientation

    Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for Springfield Botanical Gardens and want to share it with others, learn more about our wide range of opportunities! Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    18 yrs. and up
    Jan. 21, 10 a.m.: General Orientation
    Jan. 21, 12 p.m.: Into the Wild
    Feb. 12, 10 a.m.: Ornamental Gardens
    March 6, 10 a.m.: Japanese Garden Guides
    March 6, 12 p.m.: Kids and Crafts
    April 17, 5:30 p.m.: Butterfly House
    April 20, 9 a.m.: Butterfly House

  4. Potting Shed University

    Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Payat- the-door registration opens at 5:30 p.m. MU Extension 881-8909

    18 yrs. and up
    6 p.m., Feb. 4: Starting Your Own Kitchen Garden
    6 p.m., Feb.11: Mediterranean Herbs
    6 p.m., Feb.18: Introduction to Plant Propagation
    6 p.m., March 4: Frugal Gardening
    6 p.m., March 11: Blueberries in the Home Garden
    6 p.m., March 18: Landscaping Your Home with Native Plants
    6 p.m., March: 25: Great Perennials
    6 p.m., April 1: The Wonderful World of Daffodils

  5. Intro to Civil War Era Costuming and Home Arts

    For living historians and hobbyists with an interest in the rural Ozarks life in the mid-19th century. Focus on authentic women’s costuming and accoutrements. Discover the life of an apron, quilt patterns and how to construct the Missouri bonnet. Sewing experience preferred. Registration required, contact Nancy Thee at 417-751-2498.

    16 yrs. and up
    Sat., February 23 from 1-3 p.m.

  6. Spring Break in the Botanical Gardens

    Kids may spend Spring Break experiencing the nature and culture of the gardens, with programs that encourage creativity and active play. Meet at the Botanical Center. Sign up for one day or the whole week. Botanical Center 891-1515

    5-12 yrs.
    1-3 p.m., March 11: Lake Walk
    1-3 p.m., March 12: It’s Alive! All about Soils
    1-3 p.m., March 13: Japanese Garden Tour and Fish Printing
    1-3 p.m., March 14: Container Herb Gardening for Kids
    1-3 p.m., March 15: The Botanical Gardens Take Flight

  7. Orchid Show and Sale

    The Springfield Orchid Society brings a juried display of beautiful, rare and exotic orchids to the Botanical Center. Orchids available for purchase. Botanical Center 891-1515

    5-12 yrs.
    March 16 and 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

  8. Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival

    Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one with us on the Great Lawn. Whack a piñata nearby. Enjoy Japanese and Mexican children’s crafts at the Botanical Center, and free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season. Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    All ages
    Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Free admission, $5/Kite Kits

  9. Mini Zen Garden

    Create a tabletop or patio container garden of your own design, incorporating elements of a Japanese garden. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    12 yrs. and up
    Sat., April 6 from 10-11 a.m.

  10. Full Moon Hike

    Experience the sounds of a spring garden under the moonlight. Guided with an interpreter, you will learn the calls of frogs and other wildlife. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Fri., April 19 at 8 p.m.

  11. Arbor Day Movie Night

    Free screening of the film, “The Sandlot,” at the Peace through People Pavilion. Come early for information on the emerald ash borer, tree activities and take-a-ways. The movie begins at dark. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

  12. Master Gardener and Garden Society Plant Sale

    Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only. Botanical Center 891-1515

    All ages
    Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

  13. Succulent Centerpiece Workshop

    Create a living arrangement with a candle using succulent plants, moss and pods. A beautiful handmade gift or fun activity for Mother’s Day. Registration required. Botanical Center 891-1515

    12 yrs. and up
    Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m.-Noon