Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Nicole Conners,
Manager

Green Spring Gardens On Your Own

Green Spring Gardens is a "must visit" park. It's a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener. It's an outdoor classroom for learning about plants and wildlife. It's a museum and a national historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins. Families occupied and adapted the Green Spring landscape and buildings from the late 1700s until the mid-20th century. Today visitors can walk among the gardens, view changing art exhibits, enjoy tea with a tour or program, and shop in the unique museum shop.

The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse filled with tropicals, and a well-stocked horticultural reference library. There's a horticulture center, a historic landscape and buildings, the Garden Gate Plant Shop and two gift shops where you'll find gift ideas ranging from books and gardening gloves to china and wind chimes. The gardens are always changing, so come back often for new ideas.
 
For park information, call 703-642-5173.

Park grounds open from dawn to dusk.

No park entry fee for individuals or groups of fewer than 12.

Groups of 12-to-60 people: $30 admission fee.
 

Green Spring Gardens FROGS Scavenger Hunt

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 Gioia.Forman@gmail.com 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.

THE FIVE FROG TYPES:
(1) Whimsical
(2) Coastal Plains leopard frog
(3) Spring peeper
(4) Green tree frog
(5) Eastern cricket frog

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

 

 

Children's Garden - A Learning Laboratory Video

Woman sits and rests while looking at a garden in bloom

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