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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. .

Gardeners' Holiday Puppet Show

(2-Adult) Register in advance for one of these festive, holiday puppet shows by a professional troupe. Before or after the show enjoy the Gardeners’ holiday open house sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring. $5/person. Sponsored by Friends of Green Spring.

Eco-Savvy Symposium

(Adults) Beauty, Integrity and Resilience- Can A Garden Have Everything? Explore ways to achieve beautiful gardens without negatively impacting the environment. You can make a difference by changing the way you approach design, plant choice, planting techniques and maintenance. Learn how to meet your aesthetic goals while providing the structure and resources necessary to create a healthy habitat for the insects and birds you love.

Family Fun-Ocean Terrarium Workshop

(5-Adult) Learn about oceans and enjoy creating an ocean ecosystem open terrarium complete with coral-shaped succulents, sand, shells, and an ocean animal figurine. The program is priced per project, not per person. Multiple people can work on one project.

Family Fun-Sensational Seeds!

(5-Adult) Thinking about your spring garden? Come explore the sensational world of seeds. We examine our seed collection, dissect seeds to see what’s inside, and learn how they grow into the plants that fill our gardens. Then plant some seeds to grow at home. Transplant them outside in your garden in spring. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

Family Fun-Snowglobe Workshop

(5-Adult) Walk our wintry landscape then create a winter wonderland of your own. Make a snow globe in a jar with a miniature figurine and glittering snowflakes. Take it home and let it snow! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Family Fun-Winter Arts al Fresco

(5-Adult) Let nature be your classroom! Combine natural elements and various art media to make a beautiful decoration for your home. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Floral Design-Holiday Table Arrangement

(Adults) Enjoy the lush holiday colors and textures by bringing them into your home. Learn how to create a unique, take-home floral design that celebrates the season with the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Learn tips and tricks of the trade to practice on your own designs at home.

Garden Buds

(2-3 yrs.) Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden one Monday a month. Your child enjoys different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure.

Garden Sprouts Fall-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 topics: September-Pollinators; October-Harvest Time; November-It'sFall!; December-Animals.

Garden Sprouts Winter- 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 topics: January - Evergreens; February - Seeds.

Garden Talk-Container Gardens for the Yardless

(Adults) Whether in flower pots, hanging baskets or window boxes, container gardens are beautiful, easy and rewarding.  Learn how to create a dazzling display with eye catching perennials and annuals. Join Extension master gardeners to gain information and inspiration for your container gardens. 

Garden Talk-Grow Your Herbs

(Adults) Bring out the best in food by adding the fragrance and flavor of homegrown herbs. Extension master gardeners teach you how to plan, plant, and harvest herbs in your garden or in a container.

Hypertufa Garden Trough Workshop

Create a stone trough of hyper-tufa for a natural-looking container that's ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton explains the process and leads you through construction. Please register for both program and supply fee. $45 for program plus $25 supply fee.

Plants & Design-Planning & Planting Garden Themes

(Adult) Selecting a specific, structured theme for a garden can inspire creativity by narrowing plant and material choices, hardscaping options and decorative elements. Is your garden a place for meditation and retreat? Are you inspired by a trip to Morocco? Need a showcase for your collection of farmhouse antiques? Focus on a theme that works with your interests and architecture, and the rest becomes easy. Landscape designer Lynley Ogilvie shows you how to identify a strong theme and allow it to guide your decisions in the garden.

Rose Care 101

(Adults) Learn the fundamentals for selecting and growing fabulous roses. Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden horticulturalist Laurie McMinn will introduce you to old family heirloom roses as well as many new roses that may become your favorites!  Laurie shares the essentials of rose care and beyond, including pruning for spring plant health, nurturing great blooms, and identifying pests and diseases. Your roses will thank you.

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange

(Adult) Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the fourteenth annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, face-to-face seed swap, and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. $15 for verified Friends of Green Spring members and WG subscribers; $20 for others.

Winter Lecture- Vegetables Love Flowers

(Adults) Learn how to grow an organic garden where good bugs eat bad bugs, pollinators are abundant and the beautiful bouquet on the table came from your garden! Flower Farmer Lisa Ziegler tells all as she shares why flowers are the missing piece in many vegetable gardens as they attract pollinators, beneficial insects and other good creatures to complete the circle of life. Learn how to garden without using any pesticides that can harm and kill the very beneficial creatures we want to live in the garden. 

Winter Lecture-Ideas from Europe for US Gardeners

(Adult) Winter is the perfect time to plan improvements to our gardens. Garden designer and international traveler Carolyn Mullet shares design images from her European garden travels that we can adapt and use for our own garden designs. Carolyn will show us how we can modify these “foreign” inspirations, both fun and functional, and how to find inspiration of our own.

Winter Lecture-Pushing Limits of Tropical Plants

(Adult) Botanist and plant breeder John Boggan grows and writes about hardy palms, bananas, begonias, gesneriads, and just about anything else that's tropical or exotic to the DC area. John shares his experience and trials of growing these beautiful tropicals and how you can have success pushing the growing zones.

Winter Lecture-Selecting and Planting Trees

(Adult) Trees are the keystone plants of a garden. With careful selection and proper planting, they can thrive with minimal care, rewarding us with beauty, shade, energy savings, and wildlife habitat. National Arboretum Head of Horticulture Scott Aker turns us into smarter consumers and gardeners as he illustrates how trees are marketed to homeowners. He offers, tips on proper planting techniques, and demonstrates a quick and easy way to determine a tree's health. Learn about trees that are well-adapted to our area and that Scott recommends to homeowners.

Winter Lecture-The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

(Adult) Join the Friends of Green Spring in viewing the documentary, Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. This documentary immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Discussion to follow.

Winter Lecture-Uncommon Cut Flower

(Adults) Make the most of your gardening efforts by growing plants that are beautiful outside and inside as cut flowers and fillers. Horticulturalist Karen Rexrode shares some favorite plants that are both beautiful ornamental garden plants and unusual cut flowers. These lovely arrangements exercise your creativity, give you confidence in plant combinations and allow you to appreciate individual plants details.

Winter Lecture-What's Buggin' You?

(Adults) What was that insect I saw in the garden last summer?  Why didn’t I see many butterflies last summer?  How can I have more fireflies in my backyard?  Bring your bug questions and stories  to this mid-winter information exchange about insects.  Join entomologist Nate Erwin for a colorful slide show of insects and their associated plants and then join a lively discussion about those spineless creatures that do so much for and in our gardens.

Winter Wreath Workshop

(14-Adult) Create a beautiful, winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff members demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. Greens, forms, ribbon and cones included in the $25 supply fee. Please register for the program and supply fee.