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The two RV Gypsies
At Boxerwood Nature Center
& Woodland Garden
963 Ross Road
Lexington, Virginia 24450
phone '540.463.2697

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Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden is a 15-acre arboretum featuring both native and unusual plant specimens, located within a larger preserve at 963 Ross Road near Lexington in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Established as a private garden in 1952, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. Parking is free for members; and $5 for non-members, as per their brochure obtained at the park.

The Arboretum contains thousands of labeled trees and shrubs, including 1,300 cultivars, with fine collections of dwarf conifers, magnolias, dogwoods, rhododendrons, azaleas and Japanese maples. There were not a lot of flowers in bloom while the two RV Gypsies were here.

Boxerwood Nature Center sign Lee Duquette at Boxerwood Nature Center

Boxerwood Nature Center has a Play Trail in the nature playground designed especially for young children. Kids can run through the plant tunnels, float leaves down the mini creek, make pies in the mud kitchen, climb tiny house mountain and more. The rules INCLUDE "make noise," "touch anything," "get dirty," and "have fun". There is also a Fairy Forest where children can build their own fairy structures, and a wetland walk where visitors can cross the zigzag bridge over the garden wetlands. In fall 2016, a pollinator garden was added to the gardens. The two RV Gypsies glanced in the playground, but of course they did not explore it.

childrens play area at Boxerwood Nature Center Spare Ribs
flower flower

Running man made of twigs

red tree

Running man made of twigs red tree
National Register of Historic Places sign at Boxwood the Roost - picnic area

Karen likes uniquely shaped trees

naked tree unique tree
pond scenery at Boxwood Nature  Park pond scenery at Boxwood Nature  Park

Turtles at Boxerwood Nature Center

Turtles at Boxerwood Nature Center Turtles at Boxerwood Nature Center
Turtles at Boxerwood Nature Center turtle on a log

Below: The unique archway above the path down to the pond.

one tree in a knot one tree in a knot
Karen Duquette Karen Duquette

Below: Karen had a bit of a struggle getting up into the big chair at Boxerwood.

Karen Duquette tries to get up onto a big chair Karen Duquette tries to get up onto a big chair
Karen Duquette sitting in a big chair Karen Duquette sitting in a big chair

Below: The scenery behind the Big Chair shown above.

scenery behind the Big Chair at Boxerwood

Below: Lee Duquette found a big, friendly deer.

Lee Duquette found a big, friendly deer deer

Below: The two RV Gypsies stopped at Jordan's Point Park, but it was just a picnic area.

Jordan's Point Park entry sign

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