Springtime Blossoms A garland of cherry blossoms decorates Lake Caroline and its gazebo, a popular spot for photos. The garden boasts more than 20 varieties of the blooming tree.
Birdsong Although it is considered the state bird of Missouri and New York, the Eastern bluebird is a familiar sight in Northern Virginia’s Meadowlark, which is also a popular spot for birdwatching.
Flower Power Tulips in a multitude of colors from white to black and variegated reach for the sky.
Summer at the Lake A popular spot for weddings, the gazebo at Lake Caroline offers a 360-degree view of the garden and draws all manner of water fowl and other critters.
Water Garden Delicate white water lilies and lotus flowers dot Lake Lina and Lake Gardiner. Several programs offer budding naturalists tours and educational outings at the garden.
Selfie Spot Meadowlark Botanical Gardens has several gazebos, all of which make ideal spots for photo ops.
Falling for Lake Caroline In the fall, the botanical garden becomes a vibrant landscape of reds and oranges.
Feathered Friends Several species of birds are attracted to the gardens, including this striking pileated woodpecker. Nearly as large as a crow, these hardworking creatures whack away at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their preferred meal: carpenter ants.
Painterly Impressions Many artists set up easels at Meadowlark to capture nature’s beauty en plein air. It’s easy to see the attraction with fall colors reflecting in the water, creating an impressionistic vision.
Winter Serenity A winter snowfall gives the Korean Bell Garden, with its wooden Jamseung Totems, an especially serene feel. Completed in 2012, the bell garden features a central pavilion, traditional totems, stone structures and a “flower wall.”
Snow Lake Caroline gets a blanket of snow.
Life in the Park Visitors to the park witness daily life from the perspective of the animals who live there. Here, a red-shouldered hawk dramatically stares down a mockingbird.