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.

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Upcoming Events

10:00AM, 01, (16-Adult) Dr. Rebecca Kormos, wildlife biologist, filmmaker and National…
1:00PM, 01, (4-Adult) Learn about our native bees and why they are so important before…
1:00PM, 01, This Pride Month Poetry Reading features poetry from some of the region’s…
10:30AM, 08, (Adults) Give bullying plants an inch and they’ll take over your yard.…
10:00AM, 15, (Adults) Tour the vibrant summer gardens with a Green Spring Master…
6:00PM, 20, Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, pack a picnic dinner to enjoy on the…

Pardon Our Dust

The restorative work to a rare magnolia bog wetland community has been extended due to inclement weather. The boardwalk section of the woodland trail will remain closed through April 15 (weather permitting). Visitors may experience intermittent detours along the trail surrounding the ponds to accommodate the movement of construction equipment through the area.


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.

Spring Garden Day-The Big Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens

This is a must-attend, free event for all gardeners!  Make a day at Green Spring Gardens for our Annual Spring Garden Day and Big Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This popular event features a variety of vendors selling countless varieties of plants; from the tried-and-true varieties to the rare and unusual.  Go native with your plantings or add fruiting plants in your gardens.  Get garden advice from our Master Gardeners or enjoy local artists, food vendors, or baked goods though the Friends of Green Spring Park Bake Sale.

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​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. 

  • ​Concert in the Garden  
    • ​June 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • ​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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  • ​Fairfax Poet Laureate - Pride Month Poetry Workshop 

​ All events are free but registration is recommended for the Pride Month Poetry Workshop.


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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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