Watershed Friendly Garden Tour

map of garden tour area

The 2014 Watershed Friendly Garden Tour will be held Sunday, June 8 from 1-5 p.m., featuring rain gardens, pervious parking areas, 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, community gardens and places of worship in Burke, West Springfield and Fairfax Station. 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.

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

2014 Garden Tour Sites

Young Residence swaleYoung Residence, 7805 Preakness Ln, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Situated in the cul-de-sac of a quiet residential neighborhood, this impressive garden incorporates many great features. A soggy problem spot on the side of the yard has been turned into a beautiful garden attraction, with painted rain barrels, dry creek beds, lush groundcover and stepping stones. Native plant landscaping throughout the yard attracts hummingbirds, chickadees, bluebirds and more. In the backyard, a hill slope is being replanted with a pollinator garden and shrubs and trees. Together with leaf mulch, these plants capture and hold runoff, preventing erosion on the slope that leads to a Pohick Creek tributary.

Burke United Methodist ChurchBurke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA 22015

This habitat garden provides a peaceful and beautiful amenity for congregation members and the public, complete with wooden walkways, benches and a small gazebo. The lovely plantings are well established and help take up runoff that enters the garden area from all sides before it drains into a nearby creek. Featured plants include Blue flag iris, Sweetspire, River birch, Wild columbine, Mayapple, Flowering dogwood, Black eyed susan, Butterfly weed, Trumpet honeysuckle, Blueberry, Summersweet, Redbud, Green and gold, Jack-in-the-pulpit, Rhododendron, Wild geranium, Foamflower, Spiderwort, and a variety of ferns and asters. Don't miss this lovely spot.

Winquist ResidenceWinquist Residence, 5101 Concordia St, Fairfax, VA 22032

These homeowners' shaded backyard is being transformed into a woodland garden complete with native plants, a rain garden and a rustic patio with small planted terraces, giving this busy family a space to relax and enjoy the outdoors simply by stepping out the back door. They have taken steps to manage runoff from the surrounding area, including soil amendments with leaf mulch, a rain garden and a dry creek bed lined with river rock.

Swietlik Residence 1Swietlik Residence rain gardenSwietlik Residence, 10509 Linfield St, Fairfax, VA 22032

This innovative couple has combined traditional and watershed-friendly landscaping. Their garden features a homeowner-installed attractive rain garden lined with stone and planted with shrubs and native plants, which captures and filters heavy runoff into the ground. The lawn area has been reduced, replanted and restored with native shrubs and wildflowers while keeping attractive lines that have earned the neighbors’ acceptance and appreciation. They have preserved a wooded back area of their yard, adding new plants to develop the understory habitat.

Danbury Forest GardenDanbury Forest Centerpiece Gardens, 5450 Danbury Forest Drive, Springfield, VA 22151

Looking at this attractive, carefully landscaped tiered garden that features dozens of native plant species, you would never guess that it was formerly an overgrown area filled with invasives. Sixty-seven volunteers reclaimed a 9,000 square feet area that wraps around the Danbury Forest pool, gaining the appreciation of the whole community. Three solid benches were created from Danbury Forest tree trunks, providing a beautiful and unique addition to the gardens. The project received funding through the county’s Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership grant program, matching the funds with volunteer time. While you are visiting, ask these energetic townhouse community leaders about their innovative vegetable garden plot program as well.

Eggerton ResidenceEggerton Residence, 8015 Hatteras Ln, Springfield, VA 22151

These enthusiastic homeowners have used creative techniques to manage and harvest rainwater on their property. Features include: A driveway expansion that *improved* rainwater infiltration, customized rain barrel setup with hose extension to garden beds, mini-infiltration trenches, re-grading and soil amendments that keep runoff away from the foundation of the house while allowing it to infiltrate into the ground. Recycled materials from Rebuild Warehouse for raised garden beds and other landscape features have allowed the Eggertons to install projects that are both aesthetically pleasing and economical. Their step-by-step approach will make you feel that taking steps forward is possible and practical. They continue to add and improved, so be sure to check out their progress and be inspired by their future projects.

Church of the Good ShepherdChurch of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd , Burke, VA 22015

This house of worship has it all! A porous parking area, added together with a renovation project, allows rainwater to filter through into the ground below. The environmental team reclaimed a slope along the parking lot with a native plant Garden of Hope, complete with Goldenrod, Asters, Indigobush, Native roses, Phlox and more to help prevent erosion and provide wildlife habitat. They have also installed an mulched infiltration area planted with flourishing willow oak trees, capturing and soaking up runoff from the adjacent parking lot.

Lake Braddock Restoration SiteLake Braddock streamLake Braddock Restoration Site, 5418/5420 Bromyard Ct, Burke, VA 22015

The Lake Braddock restoration site is a community replanting project, soaking up runoff from a Bromyard Court stormwater drain to protect a small stream that leads directly into the lake. It will be hard to miss with all the tree protectors to keep deer away from the seedlings! Their efforts to slow runoff, control erosion, replant and mulch have helped protect Lake Braddock and foster community spirit. Please park on Lake Braddock Drive and use the pedestrian path between 5418 and 5420 Bromyard Ct to enter.

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