10 gardens to visit in the Mid-Atlantic [Pictures]
May 10 is National Public Gardens Day, when America celebrates the role of these public gardens in promoting environmental concerns. But public gardens have an impact on visitors that goes beyond plant or water conservation and reaches into the spirit. Here's a sampling of other gardens in the Mid-Atlantic region -- from huge landscapes to little green gems -- that are worthy of a springtime stroll.
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Dont miss: For decades, the meadow at River Farm was a vast expanse of lawn. Between 2004 and 2008, however, this 4-acre site was transformed into a meadow filled with more than 100,000 plants. Kurt Bluemel, former chairman of the American Horticultural Societys board of directors, created this natural legacy in memory of his son, Andre Bluemel.
Get there: 50 miles from Baltimore at 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, Va.
Info: Free. Call 800-777-7931 or visit ahs.org/river_farm