Courtesy of Green Spring Gardens
Courtesy of Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens

Just next to the nation’s capital is a green haven teeming with nature and wildlife. Both the gardening novice and the expert can exercise their green thumbs at Green Spring Gardens, a 31-acre National Historic Site committed to studying and preserving the natural world. With more than 20 demonstration gardens, the grounds also boast a horticulture center, Virginia native plant trail and a historic house originally built in 1784.

A place that prides itself on gardening and landscaping education, this verdant space has opportunities for children to get their hands dirty and learn about nature. There is also historical programming that focuses on how the area’s rich past has shaped its present both culturally and environmentally. From yoga for gardeners to fine arts classes to Friday evening garden tours, Green Spring Gardens offers an array of opportunities to get involved during the summer. A habitat workshop allows children to construct their own bird feeders from recycled goods, while other adult workshops focus on making actual pieces to be used in gardens.

At Green Spring Gardens the nature admirer can peruse the horticultural library and visit the greenhouse to experience more exotic plant life. Simply strolling along a quiet stream in the woods is another tranquil option. / Alexandria; fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

2015 Summer Guide

(July 2015)