Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria

4.8
#2 of 9 in Parks in Alexandria
Green Spring Gardens is a "must visit" for everyone in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. It's a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener. It's an outdoor classroom for children and their families to learn about plants and wildlife. It's also a museum, a national historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins.

There's something here for everyone: a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, over 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse filled with tropicals, and a well-stocked horticultural reference library. Visit the Garden Gate Plant Shop and our two gift shops where you'll find gift ideas ranging from books and gardening gloves to china and wind chimes. Green Spring will educate, inspire, and delight you. The gardens are always changing, so come back often for new ideas.

Green Spring Gardens serves Fairfax County residents and visitors by advancing the awareness and practice of gardening. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area. Additional programs emphasize historic influences on the land and Fairfax County residents' role in preserving cultural resources. Open to the public are a horticulture center, library, demonstration gardens, a historic landscape and buildings, and a wooded stream valley with ponds. Park grounds open from dawn to dusk.
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  • We visited on a crisp, sunny day in early November. I was impressed by the sweep of the gardens and the surprising number of plants in bloom, sheltered by magnificent Fall foliage. It was a Sunday, an...  more »
  • I visited Green Spring Gardens in a group, guided by a volunteer docent. She pointed out many interesting aspects of the plantings and of the historic house at the center of the property. The Gardens ...  more »
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  • Wow, what great getaway from the hassles of Alexandria and Fairfax County! My biggest impression was - it's so big! The open field is nice for picnics and activities (think kites) and the nature trail, albeit short, is tranquil and leads to the beautiful pond and fountain. Best of all, there's plenty of parking. Give it a shot!
  • Great open nature center and gardens in Annandale. It has a huge variety of plants Annuals, perennials, evergreens, trees and flowering types. There are open areas for playing and walking paths. Small garden center to buy plants and garden items. The nature center has a library and lots of info on local gardening and classes. Well Worth the time spent there.

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