Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Type: 
parks
Apr 27
8:00am to 10:00am

It’s Spring! It’s time to start reaping the benefits of a rewarding nature practice.  On Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., join certified nature therapy guide, Denise Burdette, for Forest Bathing.  Meandering forest trails, reflective lakes, soft meadows, and lush gardens - through a series of sensory-opening invitations you’ll slow down, quiet the mind and explore your relationship with the natural world for renewal and insight. You’ll leave feeling soothed, centered and more intimately connected with yourself and the world around you.

Forest bathing, also called nature therapy, is the fast-growing practice of enjoying and connecting deeply with the restorative powers of nature for whole-being health and wellness. Studies indicate that time spent in nature boosts the immune system, reduces anxiety and soothes over-stressed neural pathways associated with technology addiction and attention fatigue, improving our ability to focus and sharpening cognition and creativity. Perhaps most importantly, the simple act of tuning out the “noise” of the modern world and tuning in to the quiet of Nature can create the space to reconnect with who we are and what is meaningful in our lives, reminding us that when we choose those things that most enliven us, we tend to be happier and healthier.

As a practice, forest bathing is a gentle, slow activity accessible for most fitness levels. We will walk on a forest trail for no more than about a quarter of a mile over the course of 2 hours. It’s a great experience for couples, family members, friends, and small groups.

This morning session will take place before the Garden is open to the public. PRE-REGISTRATION/ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE IS REQUIRED to reserve your place and receive meet-up instructions and weather alerts. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-bathing-at-meadowlark-botanical-gard... to purchase tickets. 

  • The fee for this 2-hour program is $30.
  • Our group size is limited to 12 people. 
  • Ages 14 and older. A parent or legal guardian must accompany those under 18 years of age.
  • Leave the devices behind.
  • More information on forest bathing:  Fertile Return.com
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Jun 14
10:30am to 11:30am

Preschoolers (and their parents) will explore nature through games, stories, crafts, and garden exploration on Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The program fee for each child is $7. There is a $3 online credit card transaction fee. Space is limited, and online registration is required.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA. Please check in at the Visitor Center Admission Desk.

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May 18
11:00am to 1:30pm

The Annual Korean Bell Garden Celebration is on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 P.M. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in Vienna, VA. 

This free festive celebration, presented by the Korean American Cultural Committee, features traditional Korean dance performances, music, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, beautiful traditional Korean clothing, Korean games, delicious complimentary Korean food, and the ringing of the 6,000 pound Korean Bell of Peace and Harmony. 

Admission to the Gardens is also free from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Reservations are not required. 

 

Mar 24
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join Garden Manager Keith Tomlinson on a guided walk through the Potomac Valley Collection in search of emerging Spring native plants at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019. This program is geared for adults and children ages 6 and older. Participants should be prepared to walk along a hilly wood mulch trail for the hour-long tour.

The program is free with paid admission to the Gardens. Admission to the Gardens is $6 per adult and $3.00 for children ages 6-17 and for those age 55 and older. Admission can be paid when you check in for the walk at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Visitor Center admissions desk. Preregistration requested so that we may contact participants if the walk is cancelled due to poor weather. 

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA.

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May 17
10:30am to 11:30am

Preschoolers (and their parents) will explore nature through games, stories, crafts, and garden exploration on Friday, May 17, 2019, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  The program fee for each child is $7. There is a $3 online credit card transaction fee. Space is limited, and online registration is required.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA.  Please check in at the Visitor Center Admission Desk.   

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Mar 22
10:30am to 11:30am

Preschoolers (and their parents) will explore nature through games, stories, crafts, and garden exploration on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  The program fee for each child is $7. There is a $3 online credit card transaction fee. Space is limited to 12 children, and online registration is required.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA.  Please check in at the Visitor Center Admissions Desk. 

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May 18
5:30am to 10:00am

Photographers, birders, strollers, and anyone who enjoys a peaceful early morning walk are invited to visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens during special hours starting at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (The Gardens normally open at 10:00 a.m.) Regular Garden admission applies ($3.00-$6.00).

No prior reservations or arrangements are needed except for posed or portrait photography. Posed/Portrait Photography requires a reservation and involves a $25 fee plus garden admission. Please call 703-255-3631 extension 0 for reservations during regular business hours.

Apr 21
6:00am to 10:00am

Photographers, birders, strollers, and anyone who enjoys a peaceful early morning walk are invited to visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens during special hours starting at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2019. (The Gardens normally open at 10:00 a.m.) Regular Garden admission applies ($3.00-$6.00).

No prior reservations or arrangements are needed except for posed or portrait photography. Posed/Portrait Photography requires a reservation and involves a $25 fee plus garden admission. Please call 703-255-3631 extension 0 for reservations during regular business hours.

Mar 16
6:30am to 10:00am

Photographers, birders, strollers, and anyone who enjoys a peaceful early morning walk are invited to visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens during special hours starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (The Gardens normally open at 10:00 a.m.) Regular Garden admission applies ($3.00-$6.00).

No prior reservations or arrangements are needed except for posed or portrait photography. Posed/Portrait Photography requires a reservation and involves a $25 fee plus garden admission. Please call 703-255-3631 extension 0 for reservations during regular business hours.

 

Mar 30
10:00am to 12:00pm

This program is an introduction on how nature welcomes us into its healing and health-giving qualities. Participants will take a leisure walk and spend time sitting and observing nature; overlooking tranquil sections of forest areas. The movement will be slow on this program, soaking up the beauty of nature through all of our senses.  Water bottle and closed-toe footgear is required. For adults only. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia. For more information please contact him at (703) 268-6064 or email here.

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