Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Nicole Conners,

Green Spring's 50th Anniversary

50 Reasons to Love Green Spring Gardens

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Green Spring Gardens. As part of our celebration, once a week on our social media pages we're presenting one of 50 reasons to love Green Spring Gardens. As the year progresses, you'll find those 50 reasons here:

 1. Number one: Art shows. Green Spring showcases paintings and photography by local artists. There is a new exhibit every two months.

 2. Warm up in the Historic House with insightful and entertaining programs and afternoon tea.

 3. The Winter Lecture Series. A great lineup of horticulture and history speakers visit on Sunday afternoons through March. Sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring.

 4. Art Classes. Green Spring offers drawing and watercolor classes throughout the year.  

 5. Seeds. Not only are there seeds for sale in the gift shop, but Green Spring hosts an annual seed exchange for park visitors. 

 6. Winter blooms. Winter aconites, snowdrops, lentin roses and camellias are just some of our beautiful blooms that bring color to winter. 

 7. Witch Hazels. Green Spring has a nationally significant collection of more than 200 witch hazels. 

 8. Floral design workshops. You don't just learn how to grow flowers at Green Spring. You learn how to display them, too.  

 9. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Green Spring staff and volunteers are always happy to answer your gardening questions, especially during this 50th anniversary year.  

10. Beatrix Farrand. In celebration of Women's History Month,we took note of our Farrand landscape. You can learn more about this famous landscape designer at Green Spring's Historic House and on our web page.

11. Circles. On March 14, Pi Day, we celebrated circles of all kinds. What circular designs have you spotted at Green Spring?

12. Spring bulbs. These beautiful blooms brighten the winter landscape with an endless array of colors, shapes and sizes.

13. Rock gardens. The park has a beautiful collection of alpine and rock garden plants that burst with spring color.

14. Signs of Spring. Color everywhere.

15. Spring blooming trees. A variety of tree species bloom in early spring at Green Spring Gardens.

16. Orchids. Green Spring houses a spectacular display of orchids in the Glasshouse.

17. Our amazing volunteers! Volunteers keep Green Spring growing!

18. National Public Gardens Week. This year, the week (May 8-17) showcased the beauty of public gardens as a source of resilience in trying times.

19. Trails. Trails remained open during the site closure. They are one of main reasons visitors come to the gardens. Garden, forest, stream, or pond trails - which are your favorite?

20. Beautiful trees. With spring in full swing, Green Spring's trees don and show off their new foliage. Which majestic tree is your favorite?

21. Tea. Our Garden Tours and Tea programs are a visitor favorite.

22. Garden therapy. Gardening and time in nature improve physical and mental health. Whether or not you have a garden at home, Green Spring provides a beautiful oasis for anxiety relief, physical activity and personal reflection.

23. Family time! We love seeing families sharing quality time walking the gardens.

24. Pollinator gardens and National Pollinator Week. Green Spring provides education and inspiration on how to turn our gardens into an oasis for ever-important pollinators.

25. Garden Plots. Green Spring Gardens manages more than 650 garden plots that are rented to county residents in nine county parks .

26. The Historic House. Built in 1784, only eight years after the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, this historic landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

27. The edible garden. This demonstration garden shows how you can blend ornamental and edible plants for an attractive and productive use of space.

28. Gazebo rentals. Looking for a picturesque place to hold your special event? The Green Spring gazebos are available to rent for small gatherings.

29. Children’s Discovery Garden. This fun garden invites children and parents to learn about nature, explore with their senses, and gather ideas for a family garden at home.

30. Gardening inspiration. Summer is a great time to re-envision your outdoor space, and Green Spring Gardens is the perfect place to be inspired. In addition to walking through our demonstration gardens, you can visit our Gardening Information web page.

31. The ponds. There is always something interesting to see there: lotus, frogs, turtles, herons, ducks. Which is your favorite?

32. A perfect setting to relax. It encourages us to slow down and unwind. What better place to do so than a beautiful garden?

33. Dogs. We love seeing visitors walk their dogs at Green Spring. Remember, keep your furry friend on a leash and away from the garden beds.

34. Garden Gate Plant Shop: The Garden Gate Plant Shop specializes in plants that do well in local growing conditions and offers many plants featured in Green Spring’s demonstration gardens. Currently accepting phone orders for curbside pick-up.

35. The gardens are home to a variety of wildlife. What animals have you spotted recently?

36. Bees pollinate 80 percent of all flowering plants, including approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the United States. Green Spring offers programs and resources to help you attract these important pollinators to your garden.

37. In addition to school field trips, our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents an opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with outdoor experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia Standards of Learning.

38. Native plants. Green Spring devotes one of its demonstration gardens to Virginia Native Plants and offers resources that highlight the benefits of planting natives in your own garden. Check out the Native Plant Information Sheets on our Gardening Resource web page.

39. Farmers markets. Did you know that Green Spring is responsible for coordinating 10 farmers markets in Fairfax County? Come support local farmers and get your fresh produce.

Green Spring Gardens FROGS Scavenger Hunt

In recognition of Green Spring's 50th anniversary, the garden staff and Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) invite you to find 50 frogs in our beautiful gardens. There are five gardens with 10 frogs each. Four hold native Virginia frogs, and one has whimsical frogs to make you smile.

The frogs can be seen clearly without stepping into the flower beds. Read about the frogs as you enter each garden. Find the 10 frogs, but please leave them in place.

When you complete your hunt, go to the Patio Garden and take a picture with the sign that says, “I found 50 frogs.” Share your photos on social media (#found50frogs #greenspringgardens). Send a copy of your photo to for the FROGS' Facebook, Instagram or web page.

Download the 50 FROGS Scavenger Hunt Guide  to your cell phone or tablet and bring it with you to Green Spring Gardens.

(1) Whimsical
(2) Coastal Plains leopard frog
(3) Spring peeper
(4) Green tree frog
(5) Eastern cricket frog

(1) Concentric Garden
(2) Arbor Garden
(3) Children’s Garden
(4) Waterwise Garden
(5) Wildlife Garden



The in-person 50th anniversary celebration of Green Spring Gardens is postponed until 2021.

Virtual celebrations will continue throughout 2020. 

Fairfax Virtual Assistant