River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Situated on 25 landscaped acres overlooking the Potomac river, it is an idyllic escape within the Washington, D.C. area. The picturesque property is also home to a Children’s Garden.
Entry to the property is FREE. It comprises a variety of themed gardens designed to stimulate children’s interest in plants and nature. It offers a safe, hands-on experience, encouraging interaction and unstructured “loose parts play” to stimulate children’s imaginations.
Part of the appeal for children is the miniature scale of the individual garden areas, which range from a little house on the prairie garden and a cool bat cave. The gardens are designed to provide a multi-sensory experience, with fragrant flowers and herbs, colorful blooms and butterflies, rustling foliage, and a variety of textures.
We also like to explore the property and walk down closer to the Potomac to explore. The home (now offices and special events spaces) is beautifully decorated for Christmas and even offers ornaments and art for purchase.
This is one of our favorite places to explore by ourselves or with friends, however the mosquitoes like River Farm too, so be prepared in season, and bring a lunch and an outdoor craft, there are picnic tables in the Children’s Garden.