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 Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden

Educating and inspiring people of all ages to become effective stewards of the earth.

Boxerwood - a Nature Center and Woodland Garden located in Lexington, Virginia - is the legacy of Robert S. Munger (1911-1988). It is situated in a rolling Virginia valley nestled between the Allegany and Appalachian Mountains. The site contains habitats ranging from wetlands to forests to fields and fifteen acres of mature, naturalistically planted trees and shrubs, featuring both native and unusual plant specimens.

The Boxerwood Education Association (BEA) is the non-profit organization founded in 2000 which oversees our activities in line with our mission “to educate and inspire people of all ages to become effective stewards of the earth.”

We are both a Nature Center & a Woodland Garden

The woodlands, wetlands, field, and pioneer forest form a nature center focused on experiential environmental education. Our staff has developed a full range of experience-based programs for students, teachers, and the community. For example, examine our rain gardens, take a look at NEWTS (our on-site waste treatment facility), take one of our many how-to brochures, take advantage of our birding trail, or wash your hands in water heated in our new solar hot water heating structure.

Boxerwood has a mature collection of rare and native trees & shrubs located in established woodlands, wetlands, field, and pioneer forest. We have over 2,000 cultivars and 4,000 native trees & shrubs with significant collections of Dwarf Conifers, Magnolias, Dogwoods, Rhododendrons & Azaleas, and Japanese Maples. Our garden continues to evolve. Decay and renewal, whimsy, food for wildlife, beauty—all have their place here. Before you come, take a “virtual walk.”

Our school programs are both on site and off. They serve preschools through middle schools in Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockridge County. We are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and many of our programs concern watershed protection. Summer programs and special events highlight our unique site. Members can use our facilities for their own special events.

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The grounds are open daylight hours, dawn to dusk. The hours, just as the gardens, change with each season. Through most of the year, you’ll be happy coming from 8:00 until 5:00, until around 8:00 in the summer. Munger Lodge is usually open Monday through Friday, 8:00 until 4:00, but if it’s not, there’s a port-a-john on the Play Trail and maps and information in the Welcome Kiosk at the top of the driveway.

963 Ross Road
Lexington, VA 24450