Green Spring Gardens

CONTACT INFORMATION: Gate locked at 5 p.m.
703-642-5173 TTY 711
4603 Green Spring Road
Alexandria, Virginia
Judy Zatsick

Green Spring Gardens

Inspiration, Information for Gardeners

Green Spring Gardens is a must-visit park, a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener. It's an outdoor classroom, a museum, and a national historic site. Its mission is to connect the community to natural and cultural resources through horticulture, education, and stewardship.
The park has a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse, a plant shop, two gift shops, a historic house, and a horticulture reference library. The gardens and educational programs focus on practical landscaping and gardening techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metro area.
Public gardens are special parks with special rules. Please see the "Public Garden Etiquette and Rules" before your visit.
Park grounds are open dawn to dusk.

Department Resources


Upcoming Events

10:00AM, 27, (4-Adult) Join us for a walk around the park to explore all the different…
9:00AM, 17, Presented by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society. Admire the…
10:00AM, 17, (4-Adult) Our aquatic ecosystems are bursting with activity in the…
10:30AM, 07, (Adults) Bring the glorious colors of fall to your landscape. An Extension…
1:00PM, 07, (4-Adult) Learn about the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly as we…
10:30AM, 09, (3-5 years) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while…


Commercial photography at Green Spring Gardens requires an FCPA permit. See our photography guidelines or call 703-642-5173.
All visitors must follow our garden rules.

​Sow Your Summer Memories at Green Spring Gardens' Events

​Escape into a summer sanctuary at Green Spring Gardens and let the beauty of nature create lasting memories this summer.  

  • ​Annual Begonia Show 
    • ​Saturday, August 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    • ​Sunday, August 18, 12-3:30 p.m.
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​ All events are free.

Grow Green and Dive into Sustainability at the Eco-Savvy Gardening Faire!

Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Green Spring Gardens, $35

  • Specialized speakers and topics on sustainable gardening
  • Educational displays on gardening, composting, and sustainable plantings
  • Guided tours, demonstrations and free educational materials

Green Spring Garden Talks

Grow, Learn, Thrive and Get Inspired with Green Spring Garden Talks This Fall. All events are $12 per person.

  • Standout Fall Beauty Bark & Berries, Saturday, September 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Build the Lawn of Your Dreams, Friday, September 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Alternatives for Invasive Plants, Friday, October 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Make a Backyard Sanctuary for Wildlife, Saturday, October 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Composting Made Simple, Friday, November 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Adapt & Thrive with Climate Change, Saturday, November 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


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Public Gardens are special parks with special rules that differ from the rules in other parks. Please observe these guidelines to keep everyone safe and to avoid damaging the gardens:

  • No balloons or kites
  • No balls, flying discs, or sporting equipment
  • No bicycles or scooter riding on walkways
  • Stay out of garden beds
  • Leash dogs and clean up dog waste
  • Commercial photography requires an FCPA permit. Call 703-642-5173

Thank you for protecting the gardens and sharing the park safely with other visitors.




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