Boxerwood Nature Center
& Woodland Garden

A Virginia Center For Environmental Education Excellence

Open daily for self tours from Dawn to Dusk 963 Ross Road, Lexington VA

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Boxerwood Education Association (BEA)? BEA is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 whose mission is to educate and inspire people of all ages to become responsible stewards of the Earth. BEA is supported by paid members, donors, fund raising events, and grants. BEA does not receive any direct governmental financial support.

How did Boxerwood get its name? The former owner of the Boxerwood property Dr. Robert Munger was an avid and well known collector of trees and shrubs.  He, along with his family,  also kept as many as 14 Boxer dogs at any given time on the property. As he was transplanting Boxwood amidst the chaos of frolicking dogs, a friend commented, "You ought to name your garden Boxerwood." The name was deemed appropriate.

How many acres does Boxerwood contain and what are its habitats?  The Boxerwood site is approximately 15 acres of naturalistically planted trees and shrubs. Habitats include woodlands ponds, meadows and woodland ponds.

When is Boxerwood open? The grounds are open daylight hours, dawn to dusk throughtout the year.  Munger Lodge has a flexible schedule, but is usually open Monday through Friday, 8:00 until 4:00.

How long does it take to see everything? Allow at least an hour or so to walk the "main" paths. However, there are many areas to explore and you may wish to spend more time in the Gardens.

What about parking? We have two parking lots. The first (on the right as you enter from Ross Road) is larger and is for general use. The second, next to Munger Lodge, is provided for handicapped and staff parking.

How do I tour the gardens? Boxerwood Gardens is open for foot traffic only. Most paths are grass or mulched and easily traversed. Some paths are narrow and have uneven terrain.  Dr. Munger created footpaths between beds and other areas that allowed him the access he needed to care for the plants and trees; the paths and trails reflect his legacy.

Is there handicap access? Munger Lodge has adjacent handicapped parking and a restroom. The paths and trails have limited handicapped access. 

Is there a place to eat on the grounds of Boxerwood? We have no concession area. If you would like to bring a picnic, you are welcome. We have a few picnic tables for your use.  If not in use by our Educational staff, or a member celebrating a private event, two small covered areas near the Lodge are available: The Pavilion and The Roost. Large groups should confirm with us for space availablity and possible fee arrangements.

Do you allow wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, or other private parties? If an individual or organization wants to hold an event, they may submit a request.* Please see the rules for rentals (menu above). Birthday Parties: We receive many requests from families with young children who want to celebrate their birthdays on the Play Trail. Boxerwood member families may schedule birthday party celebrations on the Play Trail with at least two weeks advance notification.   To schedule, please call 540-463-2697.

Do you allow groups to visit the garden and/or Play Trail or to take photographs? --   Read our photography policy. and possible fees (from menu above). Professional photographers should check in at the Lodge or if planning a weekend shoot when the Lodge is typically closed, call in advance.

Can I get mulch at Boxerwood?  We have both limited quantities of leaf mulch and wood chips available.  To assure availability, please call us before you come to our site.  If you wish us to aid you in the loading of mulch with our tractor, we ask for a donation of  $20 for a small load and $50 for a medium load.  If you are going to need help with loading, please contact us in advance.  If you load the mulch yourself, it is free!