Our Mission is to lead people of all ages in the discovery of their connection to the natural world, and inspire them to meet the challenges of building a healthy environment.
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.
“Visit 100 times and you will find 100 enchanting experiences at Boxerwood. Aren’t we lucky to have such a treasure in this community?”
“For me, Boxerwood is a refuge, and place for people to connect with the natural world and with each other.”
“Boxerwood invites us to root deep and branch wide, becoming the kind of people who delight in caring for the earth, our home.”
Grounds & facilities assistant
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.”
“Boxerwood continues to renew and nurture me. It is a joy to share my refuge with our community.”
Membership, Communication Coordinator
“Boxerwood inspires me to nurture the wonder of nature and to make a difference.”
“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.”
VISTA Volunteer in Service to America
“I wonder as I wander Boxerwood. Will I find a secret message in the Fairy Forest? A new friend on the Play Trail? An indigo bunting? A song about to be sung? There is always something surprising to discover here.”
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.