Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Nestled in the Northern Virginia area, about 40 minutes west of D.C. is a 95-acre ornamental and native plant garden, home to tons of sculptures, local plants, and wildlife.

The park host many camps and educational opportunities for the public and offers a chance to rent certain areas as well as photographers for special events. It’s many trails and paths are also a lovely view for daily walkers.

The fee is only $6 for adults and definitely worth the price. I spent about two hours on the property and still didn’t have time to see everything. There are signs on site stating “no food or drink” inside the park, but there is a picnic area right outside the premises. You can only enter and exit the park through the store.

To those allergic to bees, be aware there are plenty of pollinators inside the park. Meadowlark has a collection bee “houses” set up along the main paths to provide shelter for the most important workers in the gardens. They are not aggressive and I didn’t come across any that were too close for comfort. Several geese lined the lakes inside and happened to be nesting during the time I visited, so I avoided approaching as a safety precaution. You can also find loads of snapping turtles and koi fish swimming in the water as you pass over the bridges or walk in the gazebo in the center of one lake.

Be sure to check online the season in which different types of plants will be in full bloom so as to receive the best experience on your tour. And don’t forget a good camera!

Click the link to Meadowlarks website for more info:

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