We think the pollen is a clear sign that spring is here to stay. If your favorite part about the changing seasons are the blooming flowers and budding trees, make a visit to these local arboretums and botanical gardens to catch a glimpse of the best collection of plants across the region.
The region’s favorite garden is hidden away in Vienna. The 95-acre property is full of stunning local flora and fauna, lakes, and forests. With the spring flowers in bloom (and summer blossoms right around the corner), spend the day on the winding walking trails and explore all of NoVA’s magnificent greenery. 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
Just across the Potomac River awaits the oldest continuously operating botanic garden throughout the country. From plants grown across the Mid-Atlantic (like witchhazel and trumpet honeysuckle) to rare and endangered species from across the world, you’ll never know which of nature’s wonders you’ll find around each corner. 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC
Located on the Blandy Experimental Farm is the state’s very own arboretum. The picturesque 172-acre property is highlighted by its 3000 gingko trees, shrub collection, and themed gardens. This month, visitors that wander the gardens and native plant trail will find Virginia Bluebells, redbud trees, dogwoods, and more in bloom. 400 Blandy Farm Ln., Boyce
Believe us when we say the drive down to this Richmond garden is worth the traffic and price of gas. The spring season marks one million blooms within the garden’s gates as the colorful flowers and trees burst with the warming temps. As you wander the stems, make sure to stop by the Asian Valley Farm Garden, and Cochrane Rose Garden. 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond
From spring to winter, this woodland sanctuary is open to the public 365 days a year. Hosted on the James Madison University campus, this greenspace serves as an outdoor classroom to visitors of all ages. 780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg
The National Arboretum has been welcoming guests for the last 95 years. Established in 1927 by an Act Of Congress, the almost 450-acre property is home to 15 different gardens and collections, including Fern Valley, the Grove of State Trees, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. So make sure to lace up your shoes for a day of walking and plant exploration. 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC
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