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

Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Maple Syrup Time

As the cold winter weather eases, sugar maple trees begin the process of turning stored starch into sugar. Sap is made as this sugar combines with water in the ground. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. 

Tapping maple trees to make syrup is an age-old tradition in North America. You can experience it for yourself at the Garden’s annual Maple Syrup Time demonstrations set for weekends in mid-February and March (March 4-5 and March 11-12). 

Demonstrations include seeing first-hand the “evaporation” process of boiling sap over a wood fire to produce syrup and of course, tasting the delicious syrup. The program is free and open to the public. Bring the kids, check the weather and dress accordingly.

Then make plans to attend Garden’s annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. Make reservations for this popular breakfast and silent auction fundraiser by calling the Nature Center at 529-1111. The breakfast is set for 8 a.m. to noon on the weekends of March 18-19 and March 25-26. 

Many local businesses support this event.  Pure maple “sirup” from family-owned Funks Grove in nearby Shirley and plates and napkins from MJ Kellner. Our major event sponsor is Bank of Springfield.

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


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Make reservations for this popular breakfast and silent auction fundraiser by calling the Nature Center at 529-1111. 

The breakfast is set for 8 a.m. to noon on the weekends of March 21–22 and March 28–29.

Pancakes with gluten free option, real maple syrup and sausage cooked over a fire.

$8 for adults, $5 for kids.

Thank you to event sponsor Bank of Springfield.

Many local businesses support this event through in-kind donations. There’s butter from Maldaner’s Restaurant, pure maple “sirup” from family-owned Funks Grove in nearby Shirley and plates and napkins from MJ Kellner.

Ecology Camp Registration

We are planning another fun filled summer of Ecology Camp here at Lincoln memorial Garden.  Summer schedule:

Session Dates Time Ages Member*/nonMember
I – AM


June 10-14 8:30am-11:30am 4, 5, 6 $80/$100
I – PM June 10-14 12:30pm-3:30pm 4, 5, 6 $80/$100
II June 17-21 8:30am-3:30pm 6, 7 $155/$195
III June 24-28 8:30am-3:30pm 6, 7, 8 $155/$195
IV July 8-12 8:30am-3:30pm 8, 9, 10 $155/$195
V July 15-19 8:30am-3:30pm 9, 10, 11 $155/$195
VI July 22-26 8:30am-3:30pm 10, 11, 12 $155/$195
VII July 29-Aug 2 8:30am-3:30pm 13, 14, 15 $155/$195

*Be sure your membership is current, so you can take advantage of the member rate.   If you’re not a current member but would like to join click below

Don’t miss LMG’s annual Holiday Market!

Each year in mid-November, Lincoln Memorial Garden kicks off the Holiday Season with an annual market featuring unique hand-crafted items perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts and decorations.

The market opens Friday, November 17, with a special evening event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This is an opportunity to be among the first shoppers.  Volunteers will be serving light refreshments, wine and cider as an added bonus for early shopping.  The event continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The special holiday sale offerings include centerpieces, swags, wreaths and one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornaments.  Talented area artisans gather during October and November to make each unique creation.  All of their labor is donated so the articles are affordable and exceptional.

The sale is held in the Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center which is home to the Split Rail Shop, a year-around gift store offering everything from books, jewelry, toys and garden items to beautiful glass birdbaths and hand crafted wind chimes.  It is the perfect place to find unique items and stocking stuffers.

Admission is free and all of the funds raised by the shop and the special holiday sale provide funds for educational programming.