You are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Green Spring Gardens. This beloved park is a must-visit public garden and historic site that provides year-round inspiration for home gardeners and for lovers of nature and history. Explore 31 acres, 22 demonstration gardens, a woodland stream valley, and ponds. Green Spring also has a 1784 historic house, changing art exhibits, gift shops, and a plant shop with a wide selection of specimens propagated onsite.
In 1970, most of Green Spring’s present-day acreage and the Historic House were donated to FCPA by owners Michael and Belinda Straight, whose family home transformed into a treasured community resource. The Moon Gate Garden project will create a permanent commemoration of the site’s anniversary in the form of a beautiful architectural feature and garden.
Give to Green Spring’s large-scale moon gate project which will include a mix of traditional and modern design concepts to draw visitors into a new Asian-inspired garden. The project will begin with the construction of the moon gate near the boundary of the Edible Garden. The medium will be a mix of stone and metal to reflect elements of Green Spring’s historic landscape, designed by trailblazing garden designer Beatrix Farrand in 1942. Beatrix Farrand’s own signature moon gate is an acclaimed feature of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine.
Moon gates originated in ancient Asian gardens. Guests who passed through them were symbolically granted an auspicious welcome and good fortune. In garden design they provide enticing passageways from one space into another, piquing curiosity about what lies beyond. A fitting way to celebrate Green Spring’s first fifty years, and to look forward to the next.
You can help make this commemorative project a reality! Green Spring’s Moon Gate Garden project will provide a place of sanctuary and inspiration for 200,000 annual visitors. It will also provide a stunning backdrop for photography and events, and serve as a symbolic connection between the past and the future.
Give $50 or more to the Moon Gate Garden Project and add a virtual leaf on the Green Spring Gardens Giving Tree! Read the Green Spring Gardens Moon Gate Garden Appeal Letter.
Don’t miss the Special 50th Anniversary programs and events that are extended into 2021 and will include gardening lectures, art programs, educational afternoon teas, garden tours, and more. Come celebrate with us and enjoy the broad variety of flora, fauna and everything else that Green Spring Gardens has to offer as it enters its next half century!