Looking to kickstart your garden this spring? Whether you're planning a colorful flower patch or a bountiful backyard veggie garden, these plant nurseries and garden centers in Fairfax County have you covered. Find seeds, specialty plants, flowers, herbs, veggies, planters, and everything in between!


Green Spring Gardens and Horticultural Center

Green Springs Garden - Gazeboo - Spring
Green Spring Gardens is well-known as a must-see for garden lovers, featuring over 20 thematic demo gardens, a greenhouse filled with tropicals, a wooded stream valley with ponds, and an 18th-century manor house. Their Spring Garden Day - The Big Plant Sale re-opens on May 18, 2024! Choose from the latest selection of shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and unusual perennials and annuals. Ever so often, Green Springs Garden holds Garden Talks tailored for gardening enthusiasts eager to enhance their own green spaces. On April 5th, step outside your gardening comfort zone and explore new possibilities for your garden. Then, on April 20th, discover how to attract and nurture bees for bee-friendly gardening. Not only is this "outdoor classroom" ideal for learning new gardening and landscaping skills, but it's also a great spot to purchase plants for your home garden. 


DePaul's Urban Farm

DePaul's Urban Farm

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Located in Vienna, DePaul's Urban Farm is a roadside family-owned-and-operated garden center. Throughout the spring, they offer flowers, local produce, and other plants that'll give your garden a colorful facelift. From pansies to planters, you'll find everything you need to create the garden of your dreams. Afterward, take a stroll through the Town of Vienna nearby. Locally-brewed coffee, unique shops, and a photo op with the historic red Caboose are only a short trip away. Check out how to spend the perfect day in Vienna


Reston Farm Garden Market

Reston Farm Garden Market - Garden Shop - Reston

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Since 1976, Reston Farm Garden Market has been committed to offering top-quality herbs, vegetable plants, shrubs, organic gardening supplies and locally sourced farm-fresh goods for your gardening needs. Whether your gardening goals are big or small, Reston Farm Garden Market is here to assist you through their blogs filled with tips and tricks, as well as comprehensive garden guides.


Burke Nursery & Garden Centre

Burke Nursery & Garden Centre - Spring Shop - Garden

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Burke Nursery & Garden Centre is a gardener's delight. Starting as a roadside stand selling annual flowers in the early 1970s, it didn’t take long to develop plans to expand the business. With dreams of offering more plant materials, such as perennials, trees, and shrubs, to the local community, Burke Nursery & Garden Centre opened its doors on Burke Road in the fall of 1977 and the garden center has been growing since. Shop seeds, plants, planters, and other materials for your garden at this local Fairfax County gem.


Silverbrook Nursery & Landscaping

Silverbrook Nursery

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Silverbrook Nursery & Landscaping is a family-operated business in Lorton, founded in 1987. With more than 20 years of landscaping and nursery experience, and 8 acres of space, you'll definitely find the picture-perfect plants and elements to level up your garden this spring. The garden center offers an extensive selection of old favorites and unique ornamental trees, shrubs, seasonal flowers, and more. Aside from plants, you can also pick up organic soils, water and pond products, pottery and wrought iron, and more aesthetically-pleasing garden elements. 


George Washington's Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale
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In addition to being America’s most visited historic estate, George Washington's Mount Vernon also hosts exciting opportunities for home gardeners to learn and be inspired. On your visit, you can tour their four distinctive gardens, learn about Washington's agricultural entrepreneurship, and get a glimpse of Mount Vernon’s working farm. Don't miss their annual Spring Plant and Garden Sale on April 26 - 27, 2024, where you can shop for heirloom vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers - plus native perennials, trees, and shrubs that are grown in Mount Vernon's greenhouses. Learn more about Mount Vernon's exquisite gardens here.


River Farm

Spring Garden Market at River Farm - Events - Spring
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Speaking of George Washington, another spot on the list was once part of his original properties. Now serving as the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, River Farm sits on 25 landscaped acres overlooking the Potomac River. The beautiful escape is acclaimed for its spell-binding vistas, as well as its creative children’s garden, beautiful four-acre meadow, and colorful flower displays. The River Farm Spring Garden Market is back this year on April 12 - 13, 2024 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Shop for native plants, specialty plants, edible plants, and many others. Plus, you'll find garden-themed art, books, tools, and accessories.


Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape

Meadows Farm Nursery and Landscape

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Rated #1 by Garden Center magazine in 2014, Meadows Farms is one of the largest family-owned nursery and garden centers in the country. There's no shortage of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as hundreds of varieties of flowering and herbaceous perennials. With Fairfax County locations in Chantilly, Falls Church, Annandale, and Herndon, you're sure to be within arms' reach of one of their 20 garden centers. Not one to do-it-yourself? Don't worry - they have a "Pick & Plant" program where you can choose from their selection of the season’s freshest, hand-picked plants. Once you've settled on what you'd like, they’ll deliver and plant in the area you choose. 


Merrifield Garden Center

Merrifield Garden Center

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Merrifield Garden Center is a family-owned-and-operated, full-service garden center, nursery and landscaping company. Since 1971, they've provided diverse new and noteworthy plants and products for your local homes and gardens. Be sure to also check out the videos on their Facebook page for seasonal gardening advice and tutorials! 


Hidden Gems Farm

Hidden Gems Farm

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Hidden Gems Farm began as a beloved family project with just a vegetable garden and a few chicks to source some of their own food. Now, it's home to many goats, over 100 chickens that roam at their desire, rows of blueberries and strawberries, a seasonal vegetable garden, and a beloved rose garden. Stop by to snag culinary herbs, produce, and seasonal pick-your-own flowers and fruit. 


Walker Nature Center
Walker Nature Center

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The Walker Nature Center in Reston is a vibrant destination for nature enthusiasts of all ages! The facility boasts a wide variety of outdoor experiences, including hiking trails, birdwatching, and guided nature tours. You can also experience a range of educational programs and workshops, from plant identification to wildlife conservation. Join Walker Nature Center for an exciting Spring Festival featuring fantastic entertainment, live animals, engaging fishing activities, and fun crafts for kids. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in the Native Plant Sale with Nature By Design on May 4th!

Ready to kickstart your garden? Get out there and get planting! Be sure to tag us in your photos of your home garden with #FXVA and @VisitFairfax for a chance to be featured here on our website and social media platforms.