Sustainable Garden Tour


The 2017 Sustainable Garden Tour will be held Sunday, June 11 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 Alexandria 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 Garden Tour partners: 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.

2017 Garden Tour Sites (Partial List)

Check back in May for more! Additional confirmed gardens will be announced soon!

Loft Ridge Civic AssociationLoft Ridge Rain Garden, 4320 Gypsy Ct, Alexandria, VA 22310

The Loft Ridge Rain Garden was one of the first Conservation Assistance Program projects. Installed in 2015, it captures rain from a row of townhouse roofs, protecting the nearby stream in the Cameron Run watershed. Learn more about the Loft Ridge rain garden.

Martin-Siegel ResidenceMartin-Siegel Residence, 8707 Stockton Pkwy, Alexandria, VA 22308

There are many conservation activities to see at this tour site! Adjacent to Little Hunting Creek, this property features a conservation easement that protects the water body, as well as additional features to soak rainwater into the ground, including porous pavers, a rain garden, rain barrels, and native plant landscape.

McGlone-Crumbling ResidenceMcGlone-Crumbling Residence, 4534 Eaton Pl, Alexandria, VA 22310

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are all welcome here, but no lawn is allowed! Multilayered sun and shade plantings, healthy soils, forested riparian buffer, and a tree that overhangs part of the house to intercept stormwater all contribute to restoring healthy green spaces in Fairfax County. Native plants are grouped by habitat type in this Audubon at Home certified Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Raduazo ResidenceRaduazo Residence, 9012 Captains Row, Alexandria, VA 22308

Conservation wonderland tour stop! All grass on this 3/4 acre property has been removed and a native plant collection has begun in the front. The back of the home has a "mud room" that is attached to the house with a living roof. A cobb wood shed was built as a demonstration project prior to visiting Haiti. Mud used to build the shed was extracted in such a way as to form a small wetland along a water easement and two small ponds which filter water during winter and early spring, but are dry during most of the summer. There are two medium sized water harvesting trenches designed to intercept and absorb water running off the house. There is a vegetable garden and 4 compost bins being implemented to this tour site.


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