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Featured Botanical Gardens/Arboretums

Green Spring Gardens

Spend a day learning about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens. Groups can take a tour through the wooded stream valley to see over 20 thematic demonstration gardens featuring ponds, naturalistic native plants, and more. 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312. Tel: 703-642-5173. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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American Horticultural Society River Farm

7931 E. Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, VA 22308. 703-768-5700. River Farm in Alexandria, the Society's national headquarters, features the children's garden, a wildlife garden, meadows, an orchard, and more. Self-guided tours for groups of 5 or more must be reserved in advance. Public programs year-round. Free.

Chesapeake Arboretum

624 Old Oak Grove Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23320. 757-819-7510. 45 acres of trails and hardwood forest come together to create "nature's classroom." The arboretum provides groups with 3 different nature walks complete with ID tags to help them identify the plants they encounter. Free.

Fort C.F. Smith Park

2411 24th St. North, Arlington, VA 22207. 703-243-7329. Groups will see the preserved ruins of 22 forts from the Civil War era, which include the bomb proof, 11 gun emplacements, the fort well, and more. On a walking tour of the park, groups may see resident and migrating birds, an assortment of plants and flowers, the farm shed, Hendry House, and more. Fee.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden

5537 Centerville Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. 757-880-1893. Features 15 garden areas for groups to enjoy. The garden boasts a variety of plant life such peonies from Eurasia in the Heirloom Garden, blue mistflowers in the Wildflower Meadow, flowers native to coastal Virginia in the Calcareous Ravine, and more. Free.