Winter has arrived in the Ozarks and so has the Winter 2010 Friends of the Garden newsletter. It can be viewed with its great color photographs here: http://friendsofthegarden.org/about-us/newsletters/doc_download/27-...
(Note: It may take a little time to load.) Our thanks goes to George Freeman for another outstanding issue. This and some back issues are also posted to our website.
As you may know, Friends of the Garden is the support group that makes many of the 25 beautiful gardens in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Gardens & Park possible. This year we started the Native Shrub Garden, completed most of the final touches to the Redbud Garden, and our newest jewel, the Dwarf Confer Garden.
During 2011 we are planning to complete the Azalea Garden and the Winter Garden. We are also planning to expand both the Entrance Garden plus the Native Shrub Garden with the assistance of MDC and Missouri Native Plant Society.
The Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will reopen next spring. Come out and visit the rest of the gardens between now and then, there are four seasons to the parks. Plus the Botanical Center building has been decorated for the holiday season!
Rather than sending emails we now post daily garden and park news on our Garden News Blog that contains many informative postings to keep you current. We also have two other community services you might also enjoy looking over. The Garden Calendar plus you should “like” our new Fans Facebook page. All three can be accessed from the website www.friendsofthegarden.org
. Mark them as “favorites” and visit often!
After you have finished reading the newsletter please share the link with your friends. This will assist the Friends of the Garden spread the word about where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. Please tell a friend about Friends of the Garden, we are now over 600 members. However we need more to continue our mission of expanding and maintaining the total 45 planned gardens that will surround the new Botanical Center. You may download and print an application if someone you know is interested. Click on “membership application” on this page.
Last but not least, with more room in the new Botanical Center building we hope more community and area residents will attend our regular meetings the second Thursday of each month starting at 5:00 p.m. You are always welcome! Our next meeting is January 13th.
Wishing you a Special Holiday Season and thank you for your continued support.