Sustainable Garden Tour

2016 Garden Tour map

The 2016 Sustainable Garden Tour will be held Sunday, June 12 from 1-5 PM, featuring rain gardens, green roofs, native plant landscaping, rain barrels, backyard wildlife habitat, composting and more. Local residents open their gardens and share their experiences landscaping with natural resources in mind. This year's tour will feature homes and schools in the Reston and Herndon area. Hidden treasures and verdant landscapes await you!

Please enjoy each garden at your own pace. Visit as many or as few as you like. Gardens are grouped for ease of viewing. No RSVP is required. Free and open to all!

The Sustainable Garden Tour is coordinated by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Special thanks to 2016 Garden Tour partners: Herndon Environmental Network, Reston Association, Reston Garden Club, Town of Herndon, Fairfax Master Naturalists, and Fairfax County Public Schools Get2Green. Thank you!

For more information or to nominate a site, please email us or call 703-324-1423, TTY 711.

2016 Garden Tour Sites

Murphy ResidenceMurphy Residence, 3257 Willow Glen Dr, Herndon, VA 20171

This garden is an oasis of natural habitat in a suburban setting with a canopy of mature trees and shade garden framing the front of the home and a sunny pollinator meadow surrounded by woodland gardens in the backyard. A multitude of species include native viburnums and dogwood shrubs, Pussytoes, various sunflower species, Obedient Plant, Wild Strawberry, Maryland Senna, several mountain mint species, Bluets, sedges, asters, goldenrods, Mistflower, Hackberry, Black Cherry, Wild Grape and much more! There are two rain barrels, and the property is a certified Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary, which can support two native nesting bird species concurrently: Eastern Bluebird and Carolina Chickadee with nearly a dozen eggs between them.

Read more about the Murphy Residence from the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Plant NOVA Natives guides will be available at the Murphy residence for $5.

Leshock ResidenceLeshock Residence, 12502 Rock Chapel Ct, Herndon, VA 20170

These homeowners successfully hatched dozens of monarch butterflies from their garden in the past year. Learn about how the owners of this certified NWF Backyard Habitat and Monarch Waystation have been removing invasives and replacing them with northern Virginia natives. Elderberry, buttonbush, phlox, NY ironweed, milkweed, yucca, asters, devil's walking stick and an experimental American elm are some of the natives that can be viewed here. Composting, straw bale vegetable gardens and creative upcycling can also be found at this hidden treasure in Herndon. 

Plant NOVA Natives guides will be available at the Leshock residence for $5.

Lake Anne Elementary SchoolLake Anne Elementary School, 11510 N Shore Dr, Reston, VA 20190

Lake Anne Elementary is a Green Flag Eco-School, a prestigious honor representing years of environmental action and commitment. Their school features a rain barrel, extensive native plant gardens, outdoor classrooms, dedicated recycling programs, a pond and solar panels. Lake Anne also piloted the use of daikon radishes for breaking up tough compacted soil, improving porosity and overall soil health in partnership with NVSWCD. Don't miss visiting this innovative school!

Hadlock ResidenceHadlock Residence, 515 Alabama Dr, Herndon, VA 20170

This Audubon at Home sanctuary provides superior wildlife habitat benefits and year-round beauty for the homeowners. Toads frequent the pond, with tadpoles growing each year. Monarchs and other butterflies delight in the pollinator garden. A bee house provides a place for mason bees to lay their eggs. Hummingbirds, bluebirds, warblers, and chipmunks find food and shelter in the garden. Other sustainable features include a leaf and stick mulcher and rain barrels at three downspouts. Following the Landscape for Life and Audubon at Home models, the homeowners have native Blueberries, Bluebells, Bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, Milkweed, Wild bergamot, Joe pye weed, Redbud, and much more! 

Schmid ResidenceSchmid & Boldt Residence, 1021 Monroe St, Herndon, VA 20170

A small falls, bog pond, creek and koi pond are the centerpiece of this delightful garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds frequent the property, with native mayapples, trout lilies, trillium, bluebells, and prickly pear. Other sustainable features include a solar powered rain barrel aerator, a self-docking rechargeable lawn mower, bat houses, and a brush pile for birds and small wildlife. 

Lymn ResidenceLymn Residence, 1639 Oak Spring Way, Reston, VA 20190

This townhome is a beautiful example of how a small space can make a big impact. The front lawn has been completely converted to a welcoming pollinator garden. Neighborhood children are drawn to the space and especially enjoy picking blossoms of the native red honeysuckle for its nectar. A must-see! Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat. 

Scudera ResidenceScudera Residence, 12503 Nathaniel Oaks Dr, Herndon, VA 20171

Native plant gardens, rain barrels, pervious walkways and vegetated roofs on the front and rear porch solve drainage problems at this home and make this residential landscape both unique and watershed-friendly. Now featuring solar panels!

Walker Nature CenterWalker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr, Reston, VA 20191

The Walker Nature Center features extensive sustainable features around the Nature House, their education building. They include demonstration sun and shade native plant gardens, a rain garden and pond. Nature House is LEED Gold Certified by the US Green Building Council. All of the stormwater runoff is managed and contained onsite with the rain garden and two rain barrels. Check out the interpretive signs at the native plant gardens and brochures and other resources inside!

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