Regardless of the chill still in the air, spring has arrived and that means it’s time to end your hibernation and get outdoors in Jefferson City. There’s nothing quite as charming as the sea of redbud and dogwood trees surrounding our city as warmer weather nears. The streets are busy again while umbrellas begin to pop-up outside our favorite eateries. Yes, spring has sprung and we are excited to share its splendor with you!
One of the best ways to celebrate the highly anticipated change of season is to enjoy all of the outdoor activities America’s Most Beautiful Small Town has to offer. As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers,” and lucky for us Jefferson City’s landscape offers an abundance of parks and gardens flaunting brightly-colored blooms.
Located in the North Jefferson Recreation Area, the Bill Quigg Commons is host to the Central Missouri Master Gardener’s demonstration garden where green-thumbed horticulture enthusiasts of every experience level practice their craft while sharing their passion with the community.
Aside from the many programs the Master Gardeners offer, they also host an annual plant sale which is May 7 this year. Whether you’re looking to support the local gardening community or searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, they have you covered. Fill your shopping cart with perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, 30 different varieties of tomatoes and hanging baskets.
You can take advantage of spring’s glorious weather by exploring one of Jefferson City’s top attractions, Runge Conservation Nature Center. Featuring more than 3,000 square feet of exhibits, two miles of winding nature trails and a 60 foot fire tower offering astonishing panoramic views of the area’s dramatic rolling landscape, Runge is one of Jefferson City’s gems. You’ll learn about Missouri’s natural wonders, forests and wildlife, as well as conservation efforts to sustain and protect these resources. Runge also hosts an annual native plant sale, which takes place in late March each year. It’s another opportunity to stock up on beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.
Get a taste of locally grown goods and venture to the Lincoln University Farmer’s Market in downtown Jefferson City every Saturday morning in May. You’ll get your fill of fresh vegetables, organic produce, baked goods, eggs and seedlings from local farmers and producers. This popular spot encourages community involvement by bringing together families, visitors, local food producers and artisans. A great way to start your spring morning in Missouri’s capital!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the beautiful scenery at the Carnahan Memorial Gardens, located just down the hill from the Missouri Governor’s Mansion. It offers a striking compliment to the capitol complex full of flowers, pools and walkways illuminating the heart of Jefferson City.
For additional information about all the exciting things to see and do in Jefferson City call 800-769-4183, or go to VisitJeffersonCity.com to start planning your trip.