Green Spring Gardens

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.

4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia

Judy Zatsick,

Green Spring's Gardens and Tours

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A Master Gardener leads a tour at Green Spring.Green Spring Extension Master Gardener docents lead garden tours year-round. These knowledgeable, highly-trained guides interpret the gardens, the plant collections,  the site’s mission and its historic legacy. Home gardeners can learn about top landscape plant choices and plant combinations.

General and themed garden tours are available. Register for a scheduled public tour, or arrange a private group tour tailored to your special interests or to a theme such as garden design, trees, seasons, or native plants.

Garden tour pricing: $10 per person for groups of 20 or more; $12 per person for 19 or fewer. Minimum group size is 8. 

For information or to reserve a garden tour call 703-941-7987.

Learn About the New Moon Gate Garden Project

Green Spring Gardens is creating a Moon Gate Garden.

Moon gates originated in ancient Asian gardens. Guests who passed through them were symbolically granted an auspicious welcome and good fortune. In garden design, they provide enticing passageways from one space to another, piquing curiosity about what lies beyond. The construction of a permanent architectural feature such as a moon gate is a fitting way to celebrate Green Spring’s milestone 50th anniversary and to look ahead to the next 50 years.

This large-scale moon gate project will include a mix of traditional and modern design concepts to draw visitors into a new Asian-inspired garden. The project will begin with the construction of the moon gate near the boundary of the Edible Garden. The medium will be a mix of stone and metal to reflect elements of Green Spring’s historic landscape, designed in 1942 by trailblazing garden designer Beatrix Farrand.  Farrand’s own signature moon gate is an acclaimed feature of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine.

Green Spring’s Moon Gate Garden project will provide sanctuary and inspiration for 200,000 annual visitors. It will be a stunning backdrop for photography and events, and will serve as a symbolic connection between the past and the future.

More information about the project is on The Fairfax County Park Foundation web page. We invite you to follow its progress and check back periodically to see updates.

Moon gate by Beatrix Farrand at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine

Photo by Jack Ledbetter

Photo by Jack Ledbetter

Photo courtesy of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

Photo courtesy of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

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