visit the garden
Boxerwood Education Association
963 Ross Rd
Lexington, VA 24450
THINGS TO DO
children's play trail
Get up close and personal with nature and definitely plan to get dirty!
Build a house for the resident fairies.
Count turtles sunbathing on the platforms in the pond.
Take a wetland walk and sing along with the frogs.
flora & fauna
Admire some 400 + species of trees and shrubs.
Take a walk over to the prairie and take a photo of your friends and family in the Big Chair.
Practice a leave no trace policy – leave nothing but a footprint, take nothing but a photograph and fond memories.
Be mindful you don’t block others when parking.
Maintain supervision of children and pets.
Balloons are not allowed, as they are harmful to wildlife.
Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the nature center, except on the Children’s Play Trail (but service dogs are allowed). Please remember to clean up after your pet!
What Others Have to Say
“Always something to do”
Reviewed October 11, 2016
Kids love the play yard and the fact that we can learn in about every corner; the map is great as well; school field trips is very educational as well.
“A natural space you will want to return to!”
Reviewed January 4, 2017
So many little natural details to see! Fun for the kids and relaxing for the young at heart. Dig deep to find the gems… the best of nature is hidden in the understory. When there during the summer be sure to check the local schedule, we stopped in on a Friday evening when we were graced with live local music on the stage in the back field! What a gem!
“Beautiful serene gardens”
Reviewed November 19, 2016
What a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year . Many paths to wander and so many interesting displays around each corner. There is a fantastic area for children to play . A bone yard for them to discover and a canoe for them to have adventures in. There is a fairy land as well. A charming place for sure ! Many events take place as well so mark your calendar.
“Like no where else in the world! A must see/walk. Don’t miss this!”
Reviewed September 28, 2016
Boxerwood Garden is a gorgeous walk through different habits, 100’s of varieties of Japanese Maples, over 2000 tree species, a magical children’s play area and beautiful bridges and paths through the woods and gardens. They also now have a fairy garden. Don’t miss this gem. Perfect for taking pictures.
“Interesting Garden for Ambling Around”
Reviewed September 4, 2016
Fabulously interesting stop for a bit of wandering. Lighthearted atmosphere that is the outgrowth of a community organization. Includes a children’s garden full of imaginative outdoor play areas right near the parking lot–wear old clothes and enjoy! Our kids, ages 7 and 3, adored the “tightropes” and the birdhouse treehouse. There’s also a mudpie kitchen, a “tunnel” through a “mountain,” musical instruments, and the like. Also includes mainly unmarked trails over varied terrain–fun to explore–and a natural burial ground known as the Meadow. As other posts have pointed out, it is not well-signed, so bring an attitude of adventure and pick up a map at the gate. It is reasonably small enough that your risk of being truly lost is low–but keep young kids under supervision. The maps, though, don’t show the new Fairy Garden–we never found it and will have to return. Free to visit; great place to picnic. Google “told” us it was closed weekends–it’s just not routinely staffed. It was open dawn to dusk. Not far from the main streets of Lexington’s downtown. Limited restroom access (just portapotty most of the time).
“Beautiful Gardens and Shrubs”
Reviewed May 9, 2016
I had a few hours to kill in Lexington and wanted a walk rather than strolling the streets shopping. I found Boxerwood by accident, following a sign for a birding trail. This was an absolute treat: gorgeous shrubs, well maintained paths and interesting sculptures and hidden surprises along the way. Perfect place to take a walk anytime of day it’s open. The educational and cultural offerings look to be an excellent opportunity if you live close enough.
“Great place to go, when you need to get out of the city”
Reviewed April 15, 2016
My wife and I wanted to go for a small hike with our little baby, and looked this place up. We were so pleased when we got there, first of all because it is free (they graciously accept donations), and primarily because of the freedom to roam. Some reviews criticized this place for not being well kept, but we loved that it was not overly manicured and sectioned off. They have a wonderful facility for children to play and hike. Their wetlands and ponds are teeming with newts, frogs, toads, and turtles. The bird life there is great. If you want a typical, organized and sign heavy botanical gardens, then don’t go here. If you want a great place to meander, and let kids roam, then I highly recommend it.
Reviewed March 27, 2016
We found this amazing place while looking for a park in the area. What a beautiful and inspiring place! So quiet and peaceful. Each area of this little gem is unique. We can’t wait to return!
“Self-Guided Tours of Natural Ecosystems”
Reviewed August 11, 2015
What a wonderful place to experience many different natural environments right in the heart of Lexington. There are guides who are happy to assist you as you become one with nature, but the special part about Boxerwood Garden are the signs along the way that tell you where you are, what you’re looking at and what you can expect to see in that specific ecosystem. There is a bog where you can see frogs, a pine forest where you can go bird watching and a prairie where you can go climb inside the giant bird’s nest. Boxerwood Gardens reaches out to the local community and educates its youth with its on-sight program it hosts for the elementary students. Run primarily by the staff on site, often with guest guides from Washington and Lee University, B.G. teaches kids about conservation, preservation, recycling, composting and how pollution can harm their local watershed (the Chesapeake Bay). During lunch, there is a game to see which group can use the least amount of landfill items and compost the most. What a wonderful educational center!
“Whimsical & Wonderful!”
Reviewed June 10, 2015
LOVE, love, love this garden! What a find! The garden is full of whimsical and wonderful surprises. Not at all a formal structured garden, Boxerwood is a wonderful collection of trees, with some flowers here and there. The original home and the water treatment facilities are very interesting. The terrain is varied so wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes. There are no concessions, but there are plenty of places to have a fine picnic. Boxerwood was my very favorite place in Lexington!