Friends of the Garden's Annual Butterfly Festival

Butterfly festival

Friends of the Garden will host its annual Butterfly Festival online this year. The non-profit will provide a free virtual educational and interactive space for the public to enjoy and learn about butterflies on their website and social media July 13-18.

The organization has hosted the festival at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park for the last decade to raise awareness about pollinators, as well as the Roston Native Butterfly House. Event organizers chose to move the 2020 festival online due to public health concerns.

Friends of the Garden will partner with Young Sprouts in the Garden to present a series of online livestream events, tours, activity videos, social media costume contest and more on the FOG Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as the FOG website, with the hopes to generate excitement about our local pollinators and what we all can do to help preserve their habitats. Young Sprouts is a Master Gardeners of Greene County educational program for children.

“The Butterfly House and pollinator education is a cornerstone of the gardens and of our mission,” said Trysta Herzog, Friends of the Garden executive director. “The festival is a great way to get our community excited about native butterflies and give them the tools to be good stewards of our environment.”

In conjunction with the event, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden — the only paid garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens — will be free to the public on Monday, July 13. Starting that day, the Stroll Garden will also be restored to its regular schedule, opening daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Roston Native Butterfly House is also now open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily — however, the schedule depends on volunteer staffing availability. Call the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515, ext. 2, to confirm hours. Admission is free, but capacity inside the Butterfly House is limited, based on current city orders.

The Butterfly Festival schedule of events will be posted on the Friends of the Garden Facebook page and on their website, friendsofthegarden.org/butterflyfestival. You may also call 417-874-2952 or e-mail info@friendsofthegarden.org for more information.

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