I enjoy being out in nature and discovering new places to explore, especially when they are so close to me. Today I’m sharing 3 gardens in Northen Virginia to visit this Spring. I have been to each of them and look forward to going back now that their flowers are in bloom!
Oatlands Garden is a grand place to visit. It is a former plantation, that is tucked in the heart of Leesburg, VA and well preserved. The grounds of over 250 acres included impeccably tended gardens, trails, wildlife, ancient trees and rich meadows with a variety of plants, trees, artifacts, and sculptures from hundreds of years. There are breath-taking views of the surrounding landscapes (hills, forests, and meadows) at every vantage point of the vast property and frequent sighting of Virginian wildlife.
The walled garden at Oatlands is filled with surprising discoveries at every turn. There are small gardens within the whole garden which include a lily pond, an herb garden, a rose garden and other charming nooks for visitors to enjoy nature.
You will also find one of the oldest greenhouses in the nation on the property, where tropical plants foreign to Virginia thrived for the pleasure of the families that used to live in the Mansion.
Oatlands Garden opened on April 1st and will be open until the end of Autumn. I recommend you take the Garden tour with the head gardener, Listening to him as he shows you the garden, gives a richer meaning to each tree and plant to see. Also, be sure to check out the many events going on this April, such as the fancy Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Races and Spring Gala Here.
River Farm is a pleasure to visit because it is full of American history, its well-kept gardens are open to the public at no charge (donations appreciated as it is run by private nonprofit American Horticultural Society) and it boasts gorgeous views of the Potomac River and the Nation’s capital. There is something new to see every season due to its ever changing landscape which includes a meadow, flowering trees, fruit trees and flower gardens.
The gardens at River Farm are designed and tended for the enjoyment of visitors of all ages. There are cleared fields for picnicking, benches for bird watching and a renowned children’s garden. There are also paths that help you better explore the 25-acre property and view some of the enormous trees on the site, some of which date as far back as 200 years ago.
April is a good time to visit the Gardens because the Spring blossoms are in and there are several exciting events taking place such as the Spring Garden Market and Flower Show happening this weekend. You can find out more about River Farm at its website Here!
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a beautifully designed Park, located in Vienna, Virginia. The gardens which sit on a property of over 100 acres is full of thoughtful and delightful features.of the property features three ponds, two
There are wooden bridges, ponds inhabited by fish, geese, and turtles, romantic two gazebos and an incredible gallery of plants and trees. The Spring and Summer seasons are the most colorful and vibrant seasons to visit the gardens and take a tour. Most plants are labeled so self-guided tours are common and easy to navigate.
A special feature about Meadowlark Gardens, are the wide and paved paths which are wheelchair accessible, making the park a place to enjoy for everyone. There is also a children’s garden with interactive props and a renowned Korean Bell Garden the only one on the East Coast of the US which is a unique sight to behold.
Meadowlark is open for the season so make time go visit the Park and check out some of the events such as the Children’s Fairy Garden Workshop. You can find out more Here.
I hope you get a chance to experience all 3 of these incredible Gardens this season!