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Green Spring Gardens Audio Transcript


Green Spring Gardens is a rose among horticultural sites in the Washington metropolitan area. If you like plants, flowers and gardens, this is a must-see park.

Green Spring Gardens is in Alexandria, close to Pinecrest Golf Course, near the intersection of Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike.

On your visit you’ll wander through a horticulture center, a greenhouse, and a two-acre native plant garden.

Then meander along the woodland path that winds past several ponds, including one with a charming gazebo.

Spring, with its flowers, and autumn, with its colors, can be fabulous times to visit.

Don’t forget your camera when you come.

The variety of information and programs at Green Spring is endless. Gardening information is available at the front desk or with a phone call. You can browse a well-stocked library at the horticulture center. Click on the website’s Education Programs link to see details on adult programs, children’s programs, historic programs and tours, and to find information on scout programs and school trips. The Events link will update you on upcoming programs.

There’s a lot of resource information under the Gardening link,

and you’ll learn about the guidelines on community gardening plots through the Garden Plots link.

Green Spring oversees the county’s Farmer’s Market program. Follow that link to find the what, when and where on getting freshly harvested local table fare.

There are friends groups that support several of the Park Authority’s sites. The Friends of Green Spring goes by its acronym, FROGS. Click on the link to be turned into a frog.

Green Spring hosts a Master Gardener Volunteer Program in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners get intense gardening training and then they dig in to work for their communities, teaching others the things they’ve learned.

The park is also a historic site. There’s an historic house, built in 1784, and a historic landscape designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Ferrund. The Historic House hosts a wide-ranging variety of programs that include formal teas.

On the website there are links to information about internships and volunteering. If you love gardens and gardening, there likely is not a lovelier place in the county to spend volunteer time.

When you visit, drop by the visitor center store and garden plant shop.

For more information, call the park at 703-642-5173 and we’ll see you in the gardens.


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