Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center open Mon - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m.; 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.

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.

Park grounds are open from dawn to dusk. There is no park entry fee.
 
For park information, call 703-642-5173.

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.

Green Spring was donated to Fairfax County in 1970 by Michael and Belinda Straight. The Straights purchased the property in 1942 and made several modifications to the 1784 historic house and accompanying gardens. The landscape around the Straight home was that of a "gentleman farmer" and was used primarily for entertaining. Designed by Beatrix Farrand, the gardens included boxwood hedging, roses, and perennial borders.

Woman sits and rests while looking at a garden in bloom