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George Washington's River Farm, Alexandria, VA

George Washington's River Farm, Alexandria, VA


 All of us are familiar with the residence of George Washington at Mount Vernon in northern Virginia. Some may not be familiar with George Washington's River Farm on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. Click on the link for an interesting history lesson.

25 acres of River Farm and the mansion overlooking the Potomac River is now the home of the American Horticultural Society.

The American Horticultural Society's  Spring Garden Market at River Farm is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018 and Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members park free and there is a $10 parking fee for non members.

This is a good time to visit River Farm and to purchase some plants for your spring garden. The gardens will be blooming and you will also have the opportunity to shop for garden themed book, tools and garden accessories. Click on the links to learn more.


American Horticultural Socity

River Farm

7931 East Boulevard Drive

Alexandria, VA 22308




Tulip, George Washington's River Farm, the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society

Photograph by Roy Kelley

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Comment balloon 14 commentsRoy Kelley • April 03 2018 02:18PM


Good morning Roy. Great place to get your garden plants if you are in the area. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 7 months ago

Thanks for the link to George Washington's River Farm in Alexandria, VA, Roy.  I was not aware of this place.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 7 months ago

Thanks for the share, Roy. I can imagine River Farm is an amazing site with all the blooms this time of year.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 7 months ago

Amazing, Roy... that as close as I've lived to Alexandria and how often I've been there, I've never been to River Farm or even heard of it till now.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 7 months ago

This is a new one for me, but seems that this time of the year should be an attractive one at River Farm.

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 7 months ago

Roy, this sounds like it would be very popular, and if closer, I would be there! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 7 months ago

HI Roy Kelley - I looked at the history of River Farm and it is interesting how Geaorge Washington acquired all of it.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 7 months ago

You definitely taught me something in this post, Roy Kelley ... as I was NOT aware of this additional farm owned by our President.  Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 7 months ago


That is a very interesting post, and if we lived closer I would certainly shop fro my plants there.  Have a great weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 7 months ago

I wish I could buy some plants there and bring home. 12 hours is too far away.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 7 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

I was only in your area one time - Virginia, Maryland, DC...  I still remember going around 'the Belt" (?) and seeing the impressive Potomac River. I remember the blossoming cherry trees... Beautiful!!  Thank you for sharing the history on George Washington and the River Farm.

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