Just outside D.C., a rich combination of public and private gardens offers a wealth of inspiration and rejuvenation for Northern Virginia gardeners. Spend the day exploring two private and two public gardens to learn about the wide variety of gardening styles and practices of the area. With thirty-two acres of perennial demonstration gardens on an historic property, Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria is a resource and creative inspiration for area gardeners. Explore the ponds, native plant garden, tropical Long Border, rock garden, edible gardens, and the children’s gardens. Staff will be on hand to share information about the gardens and the public education, Master Gardener, farmers’ market, and garden plot programs.
A public garden for aesthetics, education, and conservation, the ninety-five-acre Meadowlark Botanical Gardens includes a pleasure garden for strolling, a center for environmental and horticultural education, an outdoor classroom, and large ornamental and native plant collections. Three lakes provide serene views while neatly tended forest gardens harbor thousands of plants from across the temperate world. Discover this bold yet intimate space endowed by the aesthetic magnitude of Virginia's rolling Piedmont. Along the way, two spectacular gardens illustrate the skill and creativity of homeowner gardeners in Northern Virginia.
The five-acre Ash Garden is a beautiful series of perennial gardens, stone work, and a waterfall that surround the house and pool. The highlight of the property is the woodland garden with meandering mossy paths and whimsical garden art. The five-acre Evans Garden is a gorgeous display of prized perennials and conifers, stone paths, koi pond, and waterfall that lead to and around the house and property. The beautifully designed garden bones make this garden a show stopper in every season.
Lunch is generously provided by Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please promptly arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.
Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.