Peaceful River Farm Garden in Alexandria Virginia

Soothing Potomac River views and the colors of nature welcome visitors to peaceful River Farm, part of George Washington's original farmland in Alexandria Virginia. River Farm is headquarters to the American Horticultural Society, and you can explore a variety of natural and formal gardens, a historic house, and a fun Children's Garden during your visit.

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Pick up a walking tour brochure when you arrive so you don't miss any of the interesting features of the gardens. Below are things to look for during your visit.

The Meadow at River Farm Alexandria Virginia
The Meadow at River Farm Alexandria Virginia

Things to See at River Farm

Just before you reach the historic house, you'll find a decorative gate which spent 120 years at the northeast entrance to the White House. 28 Presidents, from James Monroe to FDR, passed through these gates during ceremonial exits and entries to the White House.

White House gate River Farm
White House gate River Farm

The historic house at River Farm is a popular venue for weddings, meetings, and special events, and offers beautiful views down to the Potomac River.

Historic House River Farm
Historic House River Farm
Front Entry River Farm
Front Entry River Farm
Potomac porch view River Farm
Potomac porch view River Farm

The property incorporates a ha-ha wall to separate the meadow from the lawn without disrupting the view. George Washington used a similar approach at nearby Mount Vernon.

Ha-ha Wall River Farm
Ha-ha Wall River Farm

Stroll through the meadow and find a spot to soak up the views for a truly peaceful River Farm visit. The large black walnut trees date from the time of George Washington and may have been planted by his design.

Andre-Bluell Meadow River Farm
Andre-Bluell Meadow River Farm
Black Walnut tree River Farm
Black Walnut tree River Farm

Closer to the Potomac River, two benches offer idyllic spots for a picnic or quiet contemplation.

Potomac view River Farm
Potomac view River Farm
Peaceful bench River Farm
Peaceful bench River Farm

Back near the house, you'll find formal gardens and a rose arbor featuring a small statue of Pan.

Rose arbor River Farm
Rose arbor River Farm
Pan scultpture River Farm
Pan statue River Farm

If you have children along they will love the fun play spaces at the Children's Garden. There's a miniature “Little House on the Prairie Garden”, a wooden boat, and a small platform and tunnel, with mini plantings to inspire budding gardens. A shady picnic area offers a nice family lunch spot.

Childrens Gardens River Farm
Little House on the Prairie Garden River Farm
Play spaces in the Children's Garden River Farm
Play spaces in the Children's Garden River Farm

As you walk back to the house, admire the huge Osage-orange tree next to the brick border wall. At one time it was the National Champion Tree and it is estimated to be more than 200 years old. 

Osage-orange tree River Farm
Osage-orange tree River Farm

Be sure to stop in the shop if it is open to browse the lovely collection of gardening books and gifts.

Shop at River Farm
Shop at River Farm

River Farm Location and Things to Do Nearby

River Farm is at 7931 E Boulevard Drive in Alexandria, right by the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mount Vernon bike trail. Combine your visit with these nearby locations for a fun day trip close to Washington DC.

River Farm is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 5:00, year-round. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Visit the AHS website for more information.

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Soothing Potomac River views and the colors of nature welcome visitors to peaceful River Farm, on George Washington's farmland in Alexandria Virginia.

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