The Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia have developed and maintain five demonstration gardens. In each of these gardens, the community can see firsthand the types of plants that grow well in our area, recommended planting practices, and overall garden care. Visitors can also simply enjoy each garden’s unique beauty. The gardens contain a large variety of plants. Old favorites grow alongside new experimental varieties. Volunteers maintain the gardens throughout the year using the practices and techniques learned in the VCE Master Gardening Training Course and monthly Continuing Education programs.
If you see a “work party” in progress, stop by and talk to our volunteers. They’ll be happy to show you the gardens and answer your questions. You can click on each garden’s name or use the drop down menu on the black navigation bar above to visit each individual demonstration garden’s page.
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden is located at the corner of S. Third and S. Kensington Streets off Carlin Springs Road in Arlington; contains perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines, many bulbs, herbs and medicinals, and an exotics garden.
Simpson Park Gardens, E. Monroe Avenue at the end of Leslie Avenue, past the YMCA, in Alexandria; contains butterfly, scented, and tufa gardens. Also features a Water-wise Garden.
Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park on Marcy Road in Arlington demonstrates organic gardening techniques.
Quarry Shade Garden at Bon Air Park on Wilson Blvd and N. Lexington Street in Arlington is a garden with rocks, slopes, shade, part-shade and sun.
Sunny Garden, also at Bon Air Park in Arlington, displays plants that thrive in the sun
Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, off Carlin Springs Road in Arlington, consists of a series of theme gardens.