The Mayans Predict You’ll Have a Blast at Green Spring Gardens

Sign of the times: I’m fine with the world ending as long as I get to spend all of my Mega Millions winnings first. (Furryscaly via Flickr)

This just in … the world is going to end!

Those Mayan prophecies are correct! The nutcases were right all along! Oh, no!

What to do, what to wear, where to rent in my last year on Earth?! In the last year of Earth! (Don’t worry. is currently gathering listings of apartments on Mars, Uranus and even Neptune, so we’ll all have a place to go when things hit the fan on December 21.)

Egads! Why?! Why?! Why?! All those things I shoulda said, shoulda did.

Earth, you water- and grass-covered facilitator of life and dreams! Oh, charming sphere of light and wonder and –

April fools!

Now pull yourself together. We have some springtime business to attend to, telling you why you should rent an apartment in the area.

And on April Fools’ Day, we’ve decided to celebrate the early spring with a post about Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

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And if you rent in the area, you’d be a fool (April or otherwise) not to take advantage of this “year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener.” Green Spring Gardens is “an outdoor classroom for children and their families” where they can “learn about plants and wildlife. It’s also a museum” and “a national historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins.”

Best of all, it’s likely to be here on December 22.

There are more than 20 thematic demonstration gardens here, as well as a Horticulture Center with a goodly horticultural reference library and an accompanying glasshouse filled with tropicals. You can shop for plants, tools and gardening items at the Horticulture Center, and you can also shop at the Garden Gate Plant Shop, which for you, conveniently opens in April (and closes in early fall).

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When you’re finished loading up on plants, you can shop some more at the Historic House shop. Built in 1784, the house itself is considered a museum, and touring it would be as much a boon for some as the gardens surrounding it. Once inside, you can gaze at changing art exhibits.

There are plenty of educational programs for adults and kids as well. Here’s a list of upcoming events/programs for renters out there with a green thumb. Program fees vary, so check the site for details.

Green Spring Gardens is open all year, and it’s free. Normal garden hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and noon-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Be sure to check their holiday hours. The Historic House is open from noon to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.

Get those garden tools ready. Apologies to the Mayans.

Visit Apartment Showcase if you want to find a great apartment “before the end of the world”.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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