Friday, May 16, 2014

Master Gardeners Present “Young Sprouts in the Garden” May 17 in Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park

Master Gardeners of Greene County, Missouri
Contact Dellene Nelson at, or call 417-882-2801
Written by Jeanne Christakos Duffey,

SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- Give a child the gift of bonding with nature. Take them to “Young Sprouts in the Garden” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

The free children’s event, now in its seventh year and sponsored by Master Gardeners of Greene County, includes kid-friendly and nature-related activities. In addition, the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House will be open from noon until 6 p.m.

“The creativity that goes into the activities is phenomenal,” said Master Gardener Emeritus Dellene Nelson, chair of Young Sprouts. “The children are completely engaged the whole time learning about plants and nature, wildlife and our environment. It’s fun for kids and parents and everyone involved in hosting this event.”

For more information, call 417-881-8909 or go to In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Botanical Center.
The Master Gardener program is a popular statewide volunteer community-service organization administered through University of Missouri Extension. The organization’s goal is to train gardeners who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners become volunteers of University of Missouri Extension and donate hours for community educational projects in horticulture.

Learn more about the Master Gardeners of Greene County online at or contact the MU Extension Center in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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