Has the hustle of Northern Virginia have you dragging? Look for a place to spend a few minutes hanging out with birds, bees and butterflies? Then you should wander through the 28 acre Green Spring Gardens in Annandale VA. The Park is under the management of the Fairfax County Park and is open to the public all year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
The historic house on the property dates back to 1784 and was part of a 540 acre farm originally owned by John Moss. Over the years the property changed hands and as many larger properties in the area parts of the land were sold off to other area farmers or to developers. The final private owners of the property Michael and Belinda Straight bought the home in 1942 along with 33 acres of land.
The Straight family created the formal gardens closer to the home and did extensive renovations to the home including converting the ice ponds by the caretaker cottage to ornamental ponds. In 1970 the Straights deeded the house and 16 acres to Fairfax County Park Authority and the Park Authority purchased 12 additional acres to create Green Spring Gardens.
Enjoy a little look at some of what you will find at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale.