Choose Your Nature Walk

(2-Adult) Book a walk with one of our Children’s Education teachers and choose from a variety of topics for the themed tour of the park. Each tour will include a hands on element and can be customized to include the science topics your students are learning in school. Choose one of the following topics: Pond Fauna & Flora, Native VA Plants & Trees, Watersheds & Geology of Green Spring, VA Ecosystems Walk, History of Green Spring as a Farm or General Garden Tour. You can sign up for our scheduled walks or schedule an on-demand tour.


Cicada Cycles

(7-Adult) Meet outdoors with entomologist Nate Erwin, as we explore cicada life cycles and brood 10 of the 17th-year cicadas due to emerge in May. Bring your questions and learn about this fascinating insect.


Edible Garden Tour

(16-Adult) Explore the bounty of Green Spring’s Edible Garden with an Extension Master Gardener docent who showcases many food plants – from vegetables to fruit trees – suitable for home landscapes. See how edibles can grow in containers and small spaces and discover their ornamental value in the garden.


Family Fun: Earth Day Celebration

(5-Adult) Celebrate Earth and say thanks with face painting, poetry, pictures and puppets! Make a special Earth Day craft and help us decorate a tree.


Family Fun: Mother Earth

(4-Adult) Come and listen to myths and legends celebrating Mother Earth. Learn about mothers in nature and create a special Mother's Day craft.


Family Fun: Plant Now, Harvest Later

(4-Adult) Explore our Edible Garden and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Plant your own seed to come back and harvest in the fall!


Garden Sprouts Spring - Nature Playgroup

(3-5) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore seasonal topics. Program will take place outdoors, weather permitting.


Garden Talk: Gardening for Bees

(Adults) Bees are under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Extension Master Gardeners show you how to nurture bees, particularly honey bees, in your garden by growing a variety of plants that support them. 


Garden Talk: Make for the Shade

(Adults) Let Extension Master Gardeners show you the many wonderful plant possibilities for your shade garden. Learn how to add interest with color, pattern and texture to create that cool mid-summer retreat. 


Garden Tools and Perennial Maintenance

(Adult) Join horticulturalist Karen Rexrode outdoors for an educational walk through the gardens on perennial maintenance and useful gardening tools to get the job done. Learn what the garden professionals see and do to ensure a happy, healthy, beautiful garden.


Garden Tour: Green Spring Up and Down

(Adults) Extension Master Gardener docents lead a special “Grand Tour” of Green Spring! View some upper demonstration gardens, then take the garden path less travelled to explore the naturalistic lower garden areas: the Virginia Native Plant Garden, woodland stream valley, and ponds. Tour involves a steep slope with loose gravel.


Mastering Weeds in Your Garden

Learn how to identify common weeds and invasive plants in your garden and natural areas on this walk with horticulturist Brenda Skarphol. Learn about weed life cycles and how weeds end up in your yard. Come away with some weed management techniques with a special emphasis on organic strategies.  


Nature Scavenger Hunt

(4-Adult) Join us on the first Saturday of each month to learn about different aspects of nature and go on the hunt for themed objects around the park.


Plants & Design: Herbs-A Bakers Dozen

(Adult) Green Spring staff teach you how to grow common culinary herbs and creative ways to use them in the kitchen. Learn cultural requirements, harvesting, preservation, propagation methods, resources, and recipes. Herbs available in plant shop to get you started.


Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden

(16-Adult) Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring horticulturalist Susan Eggerton. Get a list of choice plants to get started on your hummingbird garden.


Plants & Design: Multiply Your Plants

(16-Adult) Multiply your plants through the simple, money-saving techniques of stem cuttings and plant division. Green Spring staff will walk you through this hands-on workshop where you will learn to propagate house and garden plants. Take a few starter plants home to grow for your garden. Your garden will flourish with your new skill.


Storytelling in the Garden

(2-Adult) Join us every other week at Green Spring Gardens for a story. Families can bring a picnic blanket or just sit in the grass and listen to our storytellers read a story with a different theme. Afterwards, take some time to explore our gardens, ponds and Historic House. All attendees must be registered for this program.


Virtual Cicada Cycles

(7-Adult) Meet with entomologist, Nate Erwin, as we explore cicada life cycles and brood 10 of the17-year cicadas due to emerge in May. Bring your questions and learn about this fascinating insect. This Green Spring Gardens program is being offered virtually on Zoom. Registrants will receive a link for the program via email on the day of the program, up to an hour before the start time. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions live. 


Virtual Floral Design Demo Late Spring Arrangement

(16-Adult) Take your design skill to the next level by creating a floral design armature—a wonderful method for supporting blossoms in a floral arrangement. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway guides you step by step in creating a stick armature “bird’s nest” to fill with spring flowers. This Green Spring Gardens program is being offered virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a supply list via email and a link to connect via Zoom prior to the program. Supplies purchased at registration check out can be picked up on site on Friday before, or the Saturday of the program date.


Virtual Floral Design Demo: Birds Nest Bouquet

(16-Adult) Take your design skill to the next level by creating a floral design armature—a wonderful method for supporting blossoms in a floral arrangement. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway guides you step by step in creating a stick armature “bird’s nest” to fill with spring flowers. This Green Spring Gardens program is being offered virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a supply list via email and a link to connect via Zoom prior to the program. Supplies purchased at registration check out can be picked up on site on Friday before, or the Saturday of the program date.


Virtual Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden

(16-Adult) Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is fun and easy to do. Learn fascinating hummingbird facts and how to create a garden habitat for hummingbirds with Green Spring Gardens horticulturalist Susan Eggerton. Get a list of choice plants to get started on your hummingbird garden. Registrants will receive a link to connect via Zoom on the day of the program up to an hour before the start time. Precipitants will have an opportunity to ask questions live. 


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