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Gardens and Grounds

Gardens & Grounds

Morven Park Gardens & Grounds are open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily and are free to visit.

The Mansion and Museum schedule varies, please click on the button below for more information.

Morven Park encompasses 1,000 acres of lawns, fields, wooded ridge, and formal boxwood gardens.  Over half of the property has been placed in conservation easement to preserve the open space for future generations. The expansive mansion lawn and verdant rolling fields are remnants of Morven Park’s 19th century landscape.  Today the pastures are dotted by creatively designed equestrian cross-country jumps. 

Marguerite Davis, the last owner of Morven Park, installed the formal Colonial Revival boxwood gardens in 1930.  The gardens were created during a boxwood renaissance in America that was inspired, in part, by the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. To complete such a large project, Marguerite and Westmoreland Davis purchased mature English boxwood from estates throughout Virginia. In the late 1960s, boxwood blight struck the Morven Park gardens, killing off much of the English boxwood. To retain the original look and feel, American boxwood was brought in to replace the lost plants. Be sure to venture off the main path to discover some of the hidden features such as the Reflecting Pool, the boxwood allées (or pathways), and the sundial surrounded by seasonal flower beds.  

Did you know that you can name a Morven Park flower bed or planter in honor or memory of a loved one? For more information, click HERE.  



Photo credit: Reza Mirzai Photography

The Boxwood Garden is also the site of the largest flower bed in Morven Park! This bed is one hundred feet long and the Park’s horticultural staff go to great lengths (get it?) to care for this bed and the many other plants and trees within the historic Boxwood Gardens. In the winter months, they put this bed to sleep by trimming back dead and dormant plants. In the spring, all-natural leaf and plant matter compost will be used to help add nutrients to the soil and enhance our beautiful blooms! The trees are also carefully monitored and trimmed to ensure healthy growth.

NOTICE TO VISITORS: Dogs are always welcome at Morven Park, but we strictly enforce leash laws. Please do not allow your dog to run free anywhere on Morven Park's property. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and we ask that you clean up after your pet while on Park grounds. 

During your visit, photos and/or video of you may be taken for use in Morven Park marketing materials and/or distribution to media outlets for promotion. When you visit, you thereby irrevocably grant Morven Park, the photographer (his/her affiliates), licensees, agents and assigns, the unrestricted right to use your likeness (or the likeness of any minor in your care) in photographs and video, and to distribute such photographs and video for editorial, trade, advertising or other purposes in any manner or medium, whether now or hereafter devised, throughout the world in perpetuity.