Tripping on a Local Hidden Treasure - River Farm

We were out and about on our Frugal adventures and driving down the George Washington Parkway along the Potomac River.  We decided to take a little detour and check out the estates along the river and tripped on River Farm.


River Farm is the home of the American Horticultural Society and the grounds are a colorful canvas reflecting this.


We almost drove right by this place and Pam said, "Back up the car and let's check it out."


We were warmly greeted by a member of the River Farm staff and enthusiastically encouraged to take a look around the grounds.



River Farm has a rich history.  Once one of George Washington's five farms, the grounds are lush with floral specimens we had never seen before.


Bring the kids to spend an afternoon as they play in the Children's Garden.  We watched a couple of moms lay out blankets and relax while their boys directed their energies to the climbing tree, bunker and full size boat.  This place is heaven on earth for any child with appreciation for the outdoors and  a lively imagination.





The gates are open to the public if there are no events scheduled.  The best time to visit would be in the morning to early afternoon.



The gift shop is adorable and features items handcrafted by local artists and pottery imprinted with flowers and leaves from River Farm.





A bargain bookshelf for your green thumb!









The main house.  It is currently under renovation but a splendid example of 

grand colonial architecture.






A magnolia ready to bloom.






There is a meadow on the Potomac side of the estate with a path leading down to the river.  Picnickers are welcome to enjoy the grounds free of charge but must take all trash with them as trash bins are not provided on the property.











A Ginkgo tree!  



Check out the branches of the Gingko tree.   Beautiful.




Some areas of the grounds are like something out of a fairytale.  

We were waiting for little hobbits and gnomes to pop out of the greenery.




The staff do not know how old this majestic tree is but it is up there in years.  We just stood and stared at this for awhile.  This tree alone is worth the trip to River Farm.




Pam described this as looking like a firework.  



See for yourself.  Pick a day with good weather and enjoy a free afternoon at River Farm.





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