Welcome to our Gallery page. Please take some time and visit the beautiful gardens of some of our members. Our group has some very imaginative ways of displaying Hostas in their shade gardens. We’ve also included some photos of recent GOHS events. We have a lot of fun together and hope you will join us.  See our schedule of events for this year on the ‘Calendar of Events’ tab.

We have a lot of requests to use our beautiful Hosta Garden for special events.  The stone grotto waterfall is a favorite stage for weddings and family photography. Your special event can be reserved by calling the Springfield Botanical Center at 417-891-1515.

Members Gardens

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Tom and Cathy Lakowske have created this beautiful garden “Alta Birdsong” in Springfield, MO.  The shade garden sanctuary is nestled under a 160 year-old elm tree and several mature hedge trees.  The garden has the largest collection of Japanese Maples in southwest Missouri (over 70 with about a dozen in containers). Hundreds of hostas, ferns, coral bells, and ground covers complete the woodland scene. Alta Birdsong is an outdoor art museum, as well, boasting garden art, statues, bird baths, and bird houses throughout. Stroll the garden paths to tour 10 different garden rooms with fountains, beautiful views and comfortable seating.

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Renee has a beautifully landscaped garden filled with nice shrubbery, blooming peonies, clematis, columbine, and other perennials that will provide color all season long. She has a special corner of her garden that is perfect for her hostas. (Click on photo to open gallery to Renee’s garden)

This is the lovely garden of Roberta and Charles Stewart in Republic, MO.
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This is the beautiful garden of Avis Holloway in Springfield, MO. (Click on photo to open gallery to her garden)

JJ Averett’s beautiful garden in Nixa, MO. (click on photo to open gallery to her garden)

There is so much to see in this beautiful garden space that Allan and Pat Ware have created. The garden is filled with sun and shade loving plants, as well as water features throughout. (click on photo to open gallery to their garden)

Linda and Rick Jenson’s garden in Hartville, MO. (click on photo to open gallery to their garden)

GOHS Events

GOHS HOSTA GARDEN & FOUNDERS GARDEN PLANT DAY
May 18, 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Hosta and Founders Gardens planting day. The weather was especially nice, and we had a great turnout to get the work done. Three hundred caladium bulbs were planted, as well as several flats of coleus throughout the hosta garden. White Impatients were planted among the hostas, ferns, and brunnera in front of the water feature. Over 70 beautiful red begonias were planted in the Founders Garden.

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GOHS GARDEN PARTY & TOUR
May 4, 2024

The GOHS hosted a garden party and tour of Tom and Cathy Lakowske’s ‘Alta Birdsong.’ What a gorgeous garden filled with Japanese Maples, hostas, ferns, coral bells, ground covers, and other shade-loving plants. There are 10 different garden rooms, making for a variety of places to sit and enjoy the space. Earlier, it was predicted to be a rainy day, but the weather was perfect. We had a large crowd in attendance, the food was delicious, and a great time connecting with friends. (Click on photos to display all photos of event)

GOHS GARDEN TOUR
May 4, 2024

The GOHS hosted a second garden tour—this was at the home of Renee Gross. She has a beautifully landscaped garden filled with nice shrubbery, blooming peonies, clematis, columbine, and other perennials that will provide color all season long. She has a corner of the yard that is just perfect for her hostas. (Click on photos to display all photos of event)

HOSTA & FOUNDERS GARDENS CLEAN-UP
March 2024

The GOHS got together at the Botanical Gardens for a Hosta and Founders Gardens clean-up. The day was a little cool when we got started, but after the sun came out, it warmed up quickly. The beds and paths were cleaned, fertilizer was applied, and slug bait put down. We had a good turn out to get the work done, had great food for lunch, and enjoyed some time afterward for visiting. It was a fun time! (Click on photos to display all photos of event)

A WINTER INDOOR ACTIVITY— GAME DAY
February 2024

What better way to spend a rainy winter day! Everyone was invited to bring a favorite game to play and the tables were set up with several games to choose from. RummiKub is a popular game with many of the Hosta Society members so there were several games of it going.  Refreshments and delicious snacks were available to enjoy while playing. It was a fun afternoon! (Click on photos to display all photos of event)

GOHS Christmas Party
December 2023

What a great way to wind up the GOHS activities for the year 2023! Santa was on hand, there were games to play, delicious food to enjoy, and gifts to exchange. It was a fun afternoon! (Click on photos to display all photos of event)

HOSTA & FOUNDERS GARDENS CLEAN-UP
December 2023

We had a great turnout to get the gardens cleaned up for the winter months.  Afterwards, there was good food, and time for fellowship. It was a great day! (Click on photo to display all photos of event)

HOSTA GARDEN DIG & DIVIDE WORKDAY
August 2023

The weather was perfect, and we had a large group attend to help dig up and divide the beautiful ‘Royal Standard’ Hosta plants. Once the plants were divided, there were plenty to purchase at very reasonable prices, which in turn, helped fund our new fence project. It was such a great time! Sharing a few photos. (Click on photo to display all photos of event)

PINETUM GUIDED TOUR
July 2023

This was just amazing!  We weren’t sure at first if the weather was going to cooperate. The temperature was cool, and a light rain was falling, but it didn’t dampen this great tour guided by Nick.

The Lovett Pinetum covers 108 acres and includes thousands of conifers planted across a diverse terrain. Two natural springs on the property form the headwaters of Pearson Creek which winds around the pinetum and there are extensive plantings of native flora. Located near Springfield in a very scenic area, this has to be one of Missouri’s best kept secrets! (Click on photo to display all photos of event)

JJ AVERETT GARDEN TOUR & GET TOGETHER
June 2023

Sharing some photos from the tour of J.J. Averett’s beautiful garden.  The weather was perfect for strolling the beautifully designed beds and visiting with those that attended. (Click on photo to display all photos of event)

AFTERNOON IN THE GARDEN & POT LUCK
With hosts, Allan and Pat Ware
June 2023

Allan and Pat Ware hosted this special event at their home in Billings, MO.  A large group attended and spent the afternoon strolling through the beautifully arranged and designed garden, visiting, and enjoying good food. (Click on photo to display all photos of event)

Greater Ozarks Hosta Society Hosta Garden

A visit to the GOHS Hosta Garden by Sandra Letson