The Simpson Park Demonstration Garden is located at 420 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, within Simpson Park, between the YMCA and Eugene Simpson baseball stadium. Parking is available along Leslie Avenue and in the YMCA lot.
Located in the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, this urban demonstration garden is a haven for people, pollinators, and wildlife. Thirteen garden beds showcase a diverse range of native plants and trees, ornamentals, perennials, and unusual specimens. These gardens demonstrate best horticultural practices including attracting pollinators, conserving water, and thoughtful landscape design.
Features include scented, pollinator, shade, and tufa rock garden beds, and several mature tree specimens. The garden beds evolve throughout the seasons and years as seen in the slide shows below. Each slide show has a brief description of the garden beds featured.
The 2018 Master Gardener Interns created Fast Fact Sheets that provide specific information about plants grown in Simpson Gardens. These fact sheets are available in print versions at the Gardens. Below are pdf versions of the fact sheets:
- Amelanchier x grandiflora (Princess Diana Serviceberry)
- Amaryllis belladonna (Naked Ladies)
- Asimina triloba (Pawpaw Tree)
- Bignonia capreolata (Crossvine)
- Magnolia virginiana (Sweet Bay Magnolia)
- Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear )
- Pseudolarix amabilis (Golden Larch)
- Tamarix ramosissima (Tamarisk Tree)
- Zanthoxylum clava-hercules (Hercules Club)
- Ziziphus jujube (Jujube)
Please enjoy some photos of Simpson Park Demonstration Garden in the slide shows below: