Mount Vernon Matters

The River Farm Spring Market Is April 14-15

Calling all garden lovers to save the date!

The market draws gardening enthusiasts from all over the metro area. (Photos courtesy AHS)

Alexandria, VA – Plant lovers, gardeners, floral-themed art collectors, alpaca lovers, and even those just curious about the inside of the18th century manor house at River Farm will find much to do on April 14 and 15 when the American Horticultural Society’s popular Spring Garden Market returns to River Farm, 7931 E Boulevard Drive, just off the George Washington Parkway.

From 10:00 to 4:00 each day, attendees can roam the beautiful grounds on the Potomac with over 16,000 tulips expected to bloom and browse and buy to their heart’s content.

Fun for the whole family, the Market experience includes live alpacas, a popular returning feature, and food and beverages for sale. A Master Gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Guided tours of the manor house, once occupied by Tobias Lear, George Washington’s personal secretary, are available.

Kids and parents love the alpacas, and they’ll be back this year.

For the first time in its history, tickets to the Spring Garden Market will be available to purchase in advance online at The entry fee is $5 per individual or $20 per car (including entry for all passengers). Fees are waived for AHS members with a membership card. Tickets may also be purchased onsite on the day of the event.

Dogs are welcome. It is suggested you bring your own wagon if you plan to purchase many, or just large, plants.

Proceeds from the Spring Garden Market go directly to River Farm’s stewardship, including routine maintenance, beautification projects, and increased accessibility for the public now and in the future.

Look for Your Favorite Vendor and Then Try Someone New

As of Zebra’s press time, the 2023 vendors include:

Acer Acres Japanese Maples


Bashford & Pitt

Baskit, Don’t Bag It

Bees and Beetles

Blended Farms

Blue Ridge Gardens

Bruce Ciske Pottery

Cymron Cottage Nursery

Down the Garden Path

Elodie’s Naturals

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association

Hill House Farm & Nursery

Hooray 4 Books

John Wasowicz

Kino Alpaca Criations

Lillian Nathalie Cake

Nature by Design

Nomadico Shop Peasant’s Parcel

Persimmon Street Ceramics

Pine Knot Farm

Radical Roots Community Farm

Rocklands SeedEd Farm

Seven Bends Nursery

Shade Metals

So Many Flowers

The Natural Garden

Tree Stone Steps

Written Graciously

More are expected.

Zebra is a media partner with other sponsors, donors and partners, which include The Peele Group, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Harry and Grace Rissetto, Wegmans, Alexandria Living Press, and Linemark.

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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