Sustainable Garden Tour
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
Photos and site descriptions will be posted in early to mid-May.
- Murphy Residence, Willow Glen Drive
- LeShock Residence, Rock Chapel Court
- Lake Anne Elementary School, North Shore Drive
- Hadlock Residence, Alabama Drive
- Schmid Residence, Monroe Street
- Lymn Residence, Oak Spring Way
- Scudera Residence, Nathaniel Oaks Drive
- Walker Nature Center, Glade Drive
Year-Round Watershed Friendly Sites
The following three watershed friendly sites can be visited at any time during daylight hours.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA 22003. Long offering exemplary programming on local wildlife and plants, Hidden Oaks also provides a place to view permeable paving, rain barrels, and a rain garden. A pond and NWF certified Wildlife Habitat garden complete this woodland retreat.
Fairfax County Providence District Supervisor's Office: 8739 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031. This site is a sustainable low impact development demonstration location fascinating for all visitors. The parking lot at this government building has been retrofitted with a rain garden and attractive pervious pavers. A green roof captures rainwater on an adjacent shed. A well-placed mirror allows visitors to see onto the green roof year-round.
Herrity Green Roof Demonstration Project: 12055 Government Center
Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22030. Three different planting levels
illustrate the three types of green roofs within the 5,000 sq ft.
demonstration project which includes extensive, semi-intensive, and
intensive vegetated roof systems. Green roofs provide energy savings
benefits, mainly by reducing rooftop temperatures, while several deep
planters filled with native shrubs and perennials also retain and
filter rainwater that would otherwise runoff untreated into the storm
drains. The project showcases the beauty and variety of green roofs.