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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a Northern Virginia gem, offering 95 acres of stunning beauty, exploration, and learning. Since 2012, it’s also home to the fascinating Korean Bell Garden, which includes a 3-ton “Bell of Peace and Harmony,” decorated with symbols from Korea and Virginia.
When our children were young we were frequent visitors to Meadowlark Gardens. They could practice walking on the wide paved paths, look for turtles and fish in the pond, and picnic in the small pavilion just outside the main entrance.
A lot has changed over the past 17 years, but the incredible beauty and peace of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens has only improved. The gazebo over the pond is still there, but the koi fish are easier to spot and the snapping turtles are huge. There are fun new spaces for kids including the fairy garden near the entrance, and the playful Toddler’s Tea Garden near the pond.
There are also wonderful sites for adults, like the Korean Bell Garden, and the many peaceful spots where you can sit and enjoy the flora. You can still wander the paths, both paved and dirt, and there is more plant variety than ever—from a collection native to the Potomac Valley, to seasonal plant groupings, to the hardwood forest and small bog garden.
There’s a $5.00 entry fee for adults, but kids 7-17 are only $2.50 and 6 and under are free. Adults over 55 also get half off the entry fee (good deal!). Visit is summer while the weather is warm and everything is in bloom, but come back again in the fall when the leaves have changed, or in spring when the cherry trees are blooming. You can even bike to the gardens on the W&OD Connector Trail. During the holiday season you can visit the Winter Walk of Lights. No matter what time of year you visit Meadowlark Gardens, you’ll find something beautiful to explore.
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182