"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." Franklin D. Roosevelt
By: Proserpina , 11:34 PM GMT on August 17, 2014
The following 'story' was written for a group overseas. I decided to share it here as well.
MY ONE HOUR ADVENTURE
My Remote Shootaboot outing which took place on the 10th of August took me to the Green Springs Gardens. I often go to this garden with friends but this time I invited my hubby who accepted. Once we got there he told me that I had an hour at the garden, that’s it! I believe that I took almost 500 photos in less than one hour! Of course I have discarded most of them due to the poor composition and focus!
The Brick House bought in 1777
Green Springs Garden is a Fairfax County Park dedicated to the preservation of the areas’ horticultural, historical and natural resources. Originally the Park was a tobacco farm which in 1777 was bought by a John Moss. He reclaimed the tobacco fields and cultivated corn, wheat, oats and rye. He also had cattle and pigs. In 1843 his grandson sold the farm to a Fountain Beattie, a soldier in the Civil War. This gentleman raised 12 children, cattle, fruit, and vegetables. In 1942 the farm was once again sold to Michael Straight and his wife, neither of whom was a farmer. In fact Mr. Straight was an editor and publisher who frequently entertained interesting guests at his house. Two of his famous guests were Aldous Huxley and Hubert Humphrey (a Vice President of the USA).
During the 30 years of living on this estate, the Straights had many gardens built, designed by the architect Beatrix Farrand. In 1970 the farm and the house were deeded to the Fairfax County Park Authority who created the Green Springs Garden. Since then the land has been developed into a horticultural park, and a Horticulture Center has been built. The center has classroom space, a research library, a greenhouse, and an educational display room (for example art exhibits are held here). There are also over 20 theme gardens which feature plants that may be grown in Northern Virginia. The renovated historic house on the premises is used for a variety of programs and activities including garden themed English teas. I have attended many formal tea functions at this historic house.
Horticultural Center Entrance
A section of the Horticultural Center
As you know our history is very young and we are developing points of historical interest here and there. We lack the feel of beautiful antiquity as Europe does but we are proud of the fabric of our short history.
People of all ages come to the garden to take a walk, sit on a bench to read or to just think about life, to enjoy nature, ponds, walk their dog, ... There are many spots created just for children, such as the butterfly garden and the giant Sunflowers. Photographers and painters use the garden as their studio. Brides come here to be photographed, brides to be get married here in the gazebo!
Tea and flowers, lots and lots of flowers, are the two reasons that I enjoy this park.
And when the visit is completed, what does one do? Why, take a nap of course!
No nap for me as there is one last photo to take before we leave at the 'requested' time!
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