Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Nicole Mitchell ,

Green Spring Gardens On Your Own

Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt

April is National Poetry Month. Green Spring Gardens invites you on a poetry scavenger hunt.

Explore the beautiful spring gardens in search of nine nature-themed poems. There are hidden images throughout the gardens that represent natural objects highlighted in the poems. To begin, take a picture of, or print, the “Poem Checklist” to guide you on your hunt and to track your finds. As you search for the poems and images, please stay on designated footpaths, and do not walk into garden beds in order to protect emerging spring plants and blooms. After completing the scavenger hunt, share a photo of yourself, your family, your favorite poem, or your favorite natural object on Facebook or Instagram and tag #GreenSpringGardens. Happy hunting!


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 are open from dawn to dusk. The gate is locked at 5 p.m.  After that time, parking is limited to spaces outside the gate.

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

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

Public gardens are special parks with special rules that differ from rules in other parks.

Please observe these guidelines

Children's Garden - A Learning Laboratory Video

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