Sensory Garden Fountain Dedication Saturday in Springfield

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, along with Friends of the Garden, are dedicating a new fountain at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center this Saturday.

The new Sensory Garden Fountain in Nathanael-Greene/Close Memorial Park, features leaf-shaped basins, with seven nozzles and three waterfalls. The nozzles shoot water up to eight feet in the air. The leaf-shapes and stone facade are designed to coordinate with other areas of the park.

The fountain is designed to be part of the Sensory Garden’s mission of engaging all five senses of the visitors. The original design of the garden did not include a fountain but Marge and Hearld Ambler approached the Friends of the Garden about the new addition.

“Through this gift, Marge and Hearld Ambler have provided a significant centerpiece to the Sensory Garden, which, when completed, will serve people with all abilities in our community,” Lisa Bakerink, Development Director for Friends of the Garden, said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for the Amblers’ vision and donation.”

The fountain was designed by Kansas City- based Water’s Edge Aquatic Design, and constructed by Branco Enterprises Inc.

The Sensory Garden will include features like raised planters, living walls, scented & edible plantings, production greenhouses and more. There is also a kitchen classroom and an event space that can be used year-round.

The opening of the fountain will take place at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 26, at the park, 2400 South Scenic Avenue.

For more information, visit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board website.

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