2022 Photo Contest Results

The results are in for Lincoln Memorial Garden’s 6th annual photography contest. Anne Scrivner’s “House Wren’s Breakfast” photograph was selected by Fall Harvest Festival attendees for the People’s Choice award. Nearly 250 photographs were submitted, including 40 photographs by youth 15 years of age and under. Professional photographers Dannyln Dodder, Chris Young and Tom Handy reviewed the images and selected a first-place winner for each age group and category (Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Creatures, Botanicals and Landscapes). Winning entries are listed below, as well as some images the judges recognized with an honorable mention.



Botanical    George Rother “Trail Mushrooms”

Creatures     Jaxon Holdman “Bridge”

Landscape    Jayla McMurray (lake with pontoon)

LMG            Jaxon Holdman “Nana Birdwatching”


          Botanical       Reinee Hildebrandt (pink dogwood flowers)

Creatures     Anne Scrivner “House Wren’s Breakfast”

Landscape    Cindy Harris “Leafless Tree Mirror Image”

LMG            Traci Raper “Improved Aim”




Botanical    Emma Synder “Mayapples”

Creatures     Shal Shen (spider on web)

Alice Lieberman “Fawn Friend”

Landscape    Shal Shen (bridge)


          Botanical     Reinee Hildebrant (oxeye daisy dew)

Anne Scrivner (insect shadow)

Creatures     Kevin Coakley “Mallard Hen in Tree Cavity”

Kevin Coakley “Great Egret Fishing”

Landscape    Amanda Castleman “LMG After a Spring Rain”

Lindsey Batten “Winter Lake Landscape”

LMG            Abigail Rouse (tea party)

Fall Harvest Festival returns Oct. 8 & 9

We hope you will join in the fun on Saturday and Sunday, October
8 and 9, 2022, from 10AM to 4PM when Lincoln Memorial Garden’s highly
popular Fall Harvest Festival returns to Cawley Meadow. This year’s Festival will
be packed with old favorites as well as these new additions:

A fullyoperational Blacksmith demonstrates his techniques and wares
Willow weaving in the Nature’s Discovery area leads to the new “Bird’s
LMG History Tent displays the evolution of LMG and Mrs. Knudson’s
buckboard wagon
Tater Tots Rock takes the stage for families and younger attendees (10AM
Soybean Play joins the Corn Play and Hay Play discovery areas
Homemade fudge and cinnamon rolls sweeten the weekend
Springfield Art Association’s new Make Truck rolls into the Meadow
The newest Springfield Art Association/LMG troll, Aco, displays his giant

As in the past, admission remains $8 for each day with children 10 and under
FREE throughout the Festival. Your favorite vendors and food trucks will delight
while the family enjoys building fairy houses in the Fairy Woodlands, creating Tree
Trolls for the Troll Trail, or playing in the Nature’s Play area. Numerous education
opportunities and games will also take place throughout the meadow. For a
small fee, there will be stations for painting pumpkins, stuffing scarecrows, and
creating walking sticks. Attendees will have the chance to view the winning
entries of the annual LMG Photo Contest and cast their votes for the 2022
People’s Choice Award. Numerous photo backdrops will provide the perfect
scene to snap photos, and this year’s music lineup includes:

Saturday Oct. 8
Tater Tot Rocks Kids 1011:00
Joel Gragg Mixed 11:0012:30
Cactus Ranch Bluegrass 12:452:15
Kraig Kenning Americana 2:304:00

Sunday Oct. 9
Ben Bedford Folk 11:0012:30
Tom and Owen Irwin Americana 12:452:15
The Deep Hollow Americana 2:304:00

July 30 Family Night – Cancelled

Cancelled- We had a family night scheduled for this Friday, July 30 (listed in the most recent newsletter). This event will not take place. Stay tuned for detail on our August 27th program on white-tailed deer.

Ecology Camp 2021- All Sessions Full!

All 2021 Sessions of Ecology Camp are full. 

We would like to update all of our members and past camp participants on our plans for Ecology Camp 2021. Lincoln Memorial Garden will be hosting our popular summer camp this summer, however it will look a little different than past years.

  • All sessions will be half day only
  • Each sessions will be limited to 12 participants
  • All staff and participants will be required to wear masks

See complete details Here

Registration will open March 15 (members), March 18 (Nonmembers)




1 morning FULL

June 7-11

5, 6

1 Afternoon

June 7-11

5, 6

2 Morning (FULL)

June 14-18

5, 6, 7

2 Afternoon (FULL)

June 14-18

5, 6, 7

3 Morning (FULL)

June 21-25

6, 7, 8

3 Afternoon (FULL)

June 21-25

6, 7, 8

4 Morning (FULL)

June 28-July 2

8, 9, 10

4 Afternoon

June 28-July 2

8, 9, 10

5 Morning

July 12-16

9, 10, 11

5 Afternoon

July 12-16

9, 10, 11

6 Morning FULL

July 18-23

11, 12, 13

6 Afternoon

July 18-23

11, 12, 13

Prairie and Sun-loving Plant sale – LIVE!

Our Prairie and sun-loving plant sale is now live.  We are taking orders through our website until Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00pm, so be sure to get yours in. Pick up will be held on Saturday, May 15 at the Ostermeier Prairie Center.  Once your order is placed we will contact you to schedule your designated pick up time, this will help us keep the number of people here at a any one time to a minimum.  Your purchase helps support the Garden.

Available plants include:

  • Native prairie plants
  • Agastache
  • Milkweeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Herbs and greens


Winter Activity Kits Available

We are offering activity kits this winter season.  These kits make great gifts for the holidays.

  • Pine cone gnome ornaments
  • Wooden Frame Bird Feeder
  • Wood Cookie ornaments
  • Nature Explorer Kit
  • Walking Stick kit
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Bracelet
  • Water Cycle Bracelet

All kits are $10 each

See complete details at our online store

Kits are designed for ages 4-12, younger children will need supervision to complete most activities.  Older children may require some supervision for certain activities.  These kits do contain small parts

Ecology Camp Update

It is with great sadness we announce that Ecology Camp 2020 has been canceled.  Originally we were going to try for shortened sessions in July, but for the safety of campers and staff the board has decided that option is not feasible at this time.  We are planning on making ‘Ecology Camp at Home’ kits available beginning July 6 so check back for details.  We hope to see you next summer for Ecology Camp 2021.  Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Lincoln Memorial Garden and our educational programming.

(Postponed)Feb. 25 Climate Change Program

Due to inclement weather tonight’s scheduled “The Impact of Climate Change on Open Spaces” presentation has been postponed.  We are working with the presenter to get a new date set.  Check back to see the rescheduled date.  Sorry for the inconvenience