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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Backyard Composting Basics

(Adults) Mother Nature can help you compost plant material into luscious amendment for your lawn and garden. Visit Green Spring's composting station to learn different composting methods, materials to use and not use, proportions, aeration, screening, critter control and compost use.


Basic Pruning Workshop for Azaleas & Rhododendrons

Learn to prune like a pro with this hands on workshop led by Peter Deahl of The Pruning School. Gain skills and insight into shaping and rejuvenating your azaleas to make them more beautiful and healthy. Learn how to care for and sharpen your pruning equipment. Meet at Green Spring Horticulture Center. Bring gloves and pruners.


Begonia Container Workshop

Pot up a beautiful begonia in a galvanized wall planter for your outdoor garden area with the help of begonia expert Johanna Zinn. Learn about beautiful begonias types that can grow in Virginia and how to care for them. Then take your begonia container home to enjoy through the summer.


Garden Sprouts Summer- Nature Playgroup

(3-5 yrs.) 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 these different topics.


Garden Talk-Bring on the Hummingbirds

Perhaps one of the most beloved birds in gardening, hummingbirds astonish us with their aerial acrobatics, their beauty, and the important role they play in the garden as pollinators. Attend this talk to learn about plants you can add to your landscape to attract these beautiful birds.


Summer Reading Puppet Show

(3-Adult) Enjoy a story-time puppet show presented by a professional puppeteer. Children and their accompanying adult(s) must register.


Workshop- Casting Concrete Leaves

(Adults) Capture the beauty of ornamental leaves by casting them in concrete to decorate your home or garden. Green Spring staff demonstrates casting and painting techniques and assists participants in making a treasure to take home. Supply fee: $25


Workshop- Terra Cotta Succulent Container

(Adults) Pot up a table-top terracotta container with eye-catching succulents for your garden. A Green Spring horticulturist shows you how to mix balance, scale, proportion, contrast and rhythm to make dynamic container designs for these fascinating plants. Learn about best soil types and how to care for your new container. Supply fee: $25