Our mission: to educate and inspire people of all ages to become environmentally responsible stewards of the Earth.
Dr. Robert S. Munger and his wife, Betty, purchased 21 acres on Ross Road; construction on their new home began the following year. They soon moved in with their three children and a slew of boxer dogs, which inspired family friends to dub the property “Boxerwood.”
Munger, still a full-time physician, became intensely interested in horticulture. Over the ensuing years he acquired thousands of exotic trees and shrubs, most only a few inches high, from around the world and spent every spare moment personally planting and tending them.
A survey of the fifteen-acre garden after his death revealed more than 7,000 trees attributable to him and more than 2,500 were labeled cultivars.
Boxerwood Education Association founders Karen “KB” Bailey and Hunter Mohring purchased a small parcel of the Munger estate; the Munger family later contributed 10.35 additional acres to the BEA.
The gardens were opened to the public.
Boxerwood attained its status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Over the years, Boxerwood developed its environmental education programs that are recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Center for Environmental Education Excellence and has provided hands-on, project-based learning to thousands of Rockbridge County preK-12 students. It also developed a reputation for providing popular community cultural events, and a place for nature lovers of all ages to enjoy.
Boxerwood is many things: a record of one man’s vision of beauty; a trove of unusual and rare trees and shrubs; a community resource; a learning laboratory; and a place for all to wander, meditate, play, and experience nature.
“”My heart is awed within me when I think of the great miracle that still goes on…” Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant
“For me, Boxerwood is a refuge, and place for people to connect with the natural world and with each other.”
Early Education Coordinator
“Boxerwood is a unique gem that links people of all ages to the natural world. It is a place of community, exploration, compassion, and beauty.”
“I love that, as a Boxerwood Educator, I help bring science to life for local students. We supplement what they read in their textbooks with hands-on experience.”
“Thanks to the chance to blossom at Boxerwood over the years, I have been able to discover my true passions as an environmental educator and activist. ”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
partners, sponsors & AFFILIATES
Boxerwood is fortunate to have a supportive community that helps us in many ways—with grants, business sponsorships, donations of goods and services, promoting our programs, and participating in our events. We extend a hearty THANK YOU to these supporters, and encourage our members and visitors to support our partners and sponsors.