Visit Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA for a peaceful botanical experience.
The Green Spring Gardens park has a way of calming the busiest of minds.
There are ponds with fountains and turtles, and the biggest lily pads I have ever seen. If you live in Northern Virginia, or are even passing through, this small garden park is worth the stop.
My dog Jade and I visited the Green Spring Gardens park when a fire alarm went off in our complex a few weeks before getting our cat, Poseidon. Instead of waiting outside with a boat load of people and their pets, we decided a quick outing would be a positive activity to brighten up our day.
Our luck instantly turned around when we saw a sign for the Green Spring Gardens Park.
Since Jade was there with me we did not go into the horticulture center or the library. There is a lot of parking available for free just outside the park. After parking, Jade and I walked down a gravel trail.
This gravel trail took us past a quaint historical home. Soon after this historical house we turned right onto a trail aside a small pond with a large fountain in the center. Across the pond we could see 5 turtles sunning.
Delighted, we continued on the path to see what we would come across next.
Around the corner from the first pond was a second pond with one side filled with lily pads. This pond also had a fountain in the center, and a park bench on the far side of the pond. Jade and I took a seat to take in the gorgeous view.
It was then that we noticed a pathway into the woods. We took a short 5 minute trek through the woods which lead us to the Green Spring Gardens.
The gardens had an assortment of flowers and plants around the perimeter of a cleanly fresh cut field of grass.
Young mothers were having picnics with their children in the grass. Traversing along the different paths, Jade and I took in the scent of the red, orange, yellow, pink, violet and blue flowers. It was a perfect time and place for an impromptu photography session with Jade.
By the end of our walk, Jade was smiling ear to ear. We were blessed to have stumbled upon such a pretty hidden gem.
What started as a gloomy day became a great delight. When we returned to the complex, we found out the fire alarm was a false alarm. All was well at Travel Animal Doctor.
Next time you are passing through Alexandria, Virginia I highly recommend a trip to the Green Spring Gardens Park.