If you are looking for a place to escape to nature within the confines of Vienna, Va, look no further than the amazing sights you will take in when visiting the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. You will be able to take in over 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections that you cannot find outside of Vienna, Va! With amazing local flora and fauna on display among the many lakes and forests that surround the gardens, you will be hard pressed to find a better site for your weekend walks. Make sure to look up and take in the gorgeous Piedmont hills as you gallivant around this true gem of a park in Virginia. Here are four things you must check out when visiting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!
Korean Bell Garden
The Korean Bell Garden makes for the perfect backdrop for a wedding, or even a proposal. This garden was first created in 2007 and features a gorgeous Korean inspired pagoda, surrounded by traditional Korean gardens and ponds. You will be able to take in the pure beauty of this place, while you ring in the start of a new chapter of your young life. This part of the garden was a joint project by NOVA Parks who operated Meadowlark and the Korean American Cultural Committee. Plus, if you are looking for that perfect Instagram picture in Vienna, Va, it might just be the Korean Bell Garden pagoda!
Here in Vienna, VA we are all about the kids and family programming. Thus, the team at NOVA Parks has teamed with some local young leaders in the community to put on Camp Grow. A summer camp that is designed to get the local youth of Vienna, VA into the art of gardening through games and summer fun. Each camper will get to explore gardening and nature through hands on activities, crafts, music, discovery walks with park rangers, storytelling and animal programs. No matter the age, a great week is always spent at Camp Grow!
Roving Naturalist Program
NOVA Parks saw the success of Camp Grow and decided to increase their kid’s programming to include the new Roving Naturalist Program at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. This programming is centred to both adults and kids and allows local Vienna, VA residents to connect with the natural world in our parks. There are guided walks, canoe, hikes and even kayak tours that will allow you to get out and enjoy. Plus, for those who want a little more, our guides offer night explorations, stream and pond studies as well as live animal programs. You will get to experience and learn about local flora and fauna in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Winter Walk of Lights
Although the gardens close in late fall, they open back up for the Winter Walk of Lights. The Botanical gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland with a half mile section of the park animated into an amazing light show. This is an annual tradition in Vienna, VA and is on from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
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