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Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens

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1 Day Tour
2 Day Tour
3 Day Tour

1 Day "" Tour Summary

  • Day 1

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    Further north, stop by Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    Next, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.

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2 Day "" Tour Summary

  • Day 1

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    Further north, stop by Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    Next, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.
  • Day 2

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    After a morning at River Farm, make your way to George Washington's home - Mount Vernon. Learn more about George Washington's life as a farmer and gardener and explore his two distinct gardens still in use today. His Upper Garden showcases flowers and trees that have been restored based on careful archaeological excavations, while his Lower Garden - or the "Kitchen Garden" - supplied fresh produce for his many guests to Mount Vernon. English Boxwoods planted in 1786 now crowd the entry path and vegetables and herbs are still grown today with fruit trees espaliered along the walls. Truly a sight to see.

    Don't leave for the day without exploring the many other facets of Washington's life on display at Mount Vernon.

    Start your second day with a stop a bit further north at Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    Next, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.

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3 Day "" Tour Summary

  • Day 1

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    Further north, stop by Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    Next, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.
  • Day 2

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    After a morning at River Farm, make your way to George Washington's home - Mount Vernon. Learn more about George Washington's life as a farmer and gardener and explore his two distinct gardens still in use today. His Upper Garden showcases flowers and trees that have been restored based on careful archaeological excavations, while his Lower Garden - or the "Kitchen Garden" - supplied fresh produce for his many guests to Mount Vernon. English Boxwoods planted in 1786 now crowd the entry path and vegetables and herbs are still grown today with fruit trees espaliered along the walls. Truly a sight to see.

    Don't leave for the day without exploring the many other facets of Washington's life on display at Mount Vernon.

    Start your second day with a stop a bit further north at Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    Next, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.
  • Day 3

    Along the Potomac River and all throughout Fairfax County lies one of the best kept secrets of Northern Virginia - a collection of gardens groomed by master horticulturalists that tell the story of the history and natural beauty of Virginia.

    Begin your day at River Farm, located just off of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you will find a lovely array of blooming daffodils, tulips, azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, lilies and herbs (especially in the months between April and June). River Farm is acclaimed for its magnificent vistas that stretch down to the Potomac River, as well as its children's gardens, beautiful four-acre meadow, and of course those colorful flowers. River Farm also functions as the home of the American Horticultural Society, so be sure to check the calendar for many special events happening here throughout the year. A bit of history lives here, too - River Farm was once owned by George Washington as one of his five original farms.

    On your next stop, swing down to Washington, DC for a visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden. Steeped in history and rich with tradition, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that offers visitors a chance to learn about the importance (and often irreplaceable value) of plants to the well-being of humans and the earth's fragile ecosystems. This garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to the Mid-Atlantic, rare and endangered plants to the latest in home gardens, you'll find it all here at the Botanic Garden.

    Start your second day with a visit to George Washington's beloved home - Mount Vernon. Learn more about George Washington's life as a farmer and gardener and explore his two distinct gardens still in use today. His Upper Garden showcases flowers and trees that have been restored based on careful archaeological excavations, while his Lower Garden - or the "Kitchen Garden" - supplied fresh produce for his many guests to Mount Vernon. English Boxwoods planted in 1786 now crowd the entry path and vegetables and herbs are still grown today with fruit trees espaliered along the walls. Truly a sight to see.

    Further north, make a stop at Historic Green Spring Gardens, a must-see for garden lovers and also a national historic site that offers glimpses into a rich history with colonial origins. This "outdoor classroom" is ideal for families and kids to learn about plants and wildlife, or for adults to learn new gardening and landscaping skills. Green Spring is home to over 20 thematic demo gardens, has a greenhouse filled with tropicals, is surrounded by a wooded stream valley with ponds, and fabulous gift shops and libraries filled with items to bring home. Let Green Spring Gardens educate, inspire and delight you! Don't forget to stop by the Historic Green Spring Manor House for one of their popular tea programs.

    On your third day, make your way up north to Vienna, home to one of the loveliest botanical gardens in the region - Meadowlark Gardens. With its recent addition of an authentic Korean Bell Garden - the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere - Meadowlark Gardens is truly a hidden treasure of Fairfax County. Walking trails, lakes, more than 20 varieties of cherry trees, irises, peonies, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage among 95 acres create a sanctuary of beauty and nature.

    End your day with a visit to Hidden Oaks Nature Center in nearby Annandale. Set within 52-acre Annandale District Park, this nature center is nestled among woodland trails and creeks with gardens and a nearby playground. Kids will love the many activities the nature center hosts each day, including the 1/3-acre unstructured woodland play area, Nature Playce.

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