Green Spring Prepares for National Conference

Susan Voss_082615_0002Gardeners love puttering in their own backyard, and this summer a rare opportunity is coming to our backyard. Staff at Green Spring Gardens will connect with the global public garden community when the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) holds its annual conference in Washington, D.C., this June.

This is a premier opportunity to learn from the experiences of others, and an example of how park staff continually look for opportunities to get better at their jobs.

Green Spring Gardens will enjoy national exposure at the conference, which drew nearly 900 attendees last year. The APGA conference is considered the organization’s premier professional development event, and previous attendees speak of the “high quality networking and content programming” available. Representatives from gardens of all size take part.

Green Spring will be part of the conference in multiple ways:

  • Green Spring is a featured destination on the June 17th Virginia is for Garden Lovers Staff and volunteers will host conference guests, who will enjoy Beatrix Farrand’s legacy landscape.
  • Green Spring will be part of a June 19th conference panel on Genius Through Gender Diversity in Design. The panel will celebrate contributions of historic and contemporary female landscape designers.  A documentary recently produced by Cable Channel 16 on Farrand’s landscape at Green Spring will be featured. Green Spring is presenting the panel in cooperation with Dumbarton Oaks and Tregaron Conservancy.
  • Green Spring is a Partner Garden sponsor and will be recognized on conference web pages and print materials at the conference. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) contributed the sponsorship fee.
  • Several Green Spring staff members will attend all or part of the conference courtesy of FROGS’ sponsorship of their registration fees.
  • Green Spring staff, registered Green Spring volunteers and Extension Master Gardeners will volunteer at the conference and be able to attend sessions on their volunteer day.

More information about Green Spring Gardens is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring.

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/ for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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