Springfield's Nathanael Greene Park
Nestled among the 110 acres of
Springfield’s Nathanael Greene Park sets a little oasis of serenity
called the Japanese Stroll Garden. The 7.5-acre garden was built in
1985 by the Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation Department.
Its design takes advantage of techniques typical of tea gardens in
Japan, using stepping stones, lanterns and a tea hut as architectural
features to enhance the landscape.
The city of Isesaki, Japan has been Springfield’s sister city
since 1986. Isesaki aided in the development of this beautiful garden
gem by donating numerous trees and design ideas for the park. Nearly
20 years later, the trees and plants have matured into beautiful accents
to a meticulously cared for landscape.
When visiting the garden, you may pass through a Torii Gate, gaze at
the Moon Bridge over the little pond or sit in the Meditation Garden
which offers a very Zen-like, relaxing state for those who pause there.
Stepping stones and Japanese stone lanterns accent the paths throughout
the garden. A lovely ornamental tea house overlooks the peaceful waters
where the goldfish and ducks reside.
The garden is open April 1 through Oct. 31, Monday through Friday,
from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children
ages 12 and under. It’s located at 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.
For more information call (417) 864-1049.