The Shade Garden, the first of our demonstration gardens, was established in 1989 on the site of an old rock quarry provided by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation. The purpose of the garden was to educate Northern Virginians about gardening in shade. Plants were donated by many nurseries, individuals and organizations. Master Gardeners provided the labor.
The garden underwent a major transformation in 2000 when the last of the large shade trees, a chestnut oak, fell. The garden features plants native to this region and is certified as a National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.” A plant list is available for visitors.
Located at Bon Air Park, Wilson Blvd. at North Lexington Street between Ballston and Seven Corners. Park in the lot next to the Rose Garden and follow the walkway into the park. To learn more about the history of the Quarry/Shade Garden, read the 25th anniversary article.
Quarry Shade Plant List (Updated April 2014) (PDF) is available. Also available is the Tips for Gardening in the Shade 2014F Cover and Tips for Gardening in the Shade 2014 (Inside). Regularly, we feature a plant or insect that our gardeners find topical. Read more about them in the Featured Plant – Phlox (PDF) and the Insects in the Garden – Phlox Plant Bug & White Flower Spider. (PDF)
Quarry/Shade Garden Throughout the Seasons