Your Guide to Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden in Lexington VA

Virginia mountains under blue sky with dramatic cloudsIf you love nature, landscaping, gardens, or environmental education and preservation, then you will love the Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden. Located in beautiful and historic Lexington, VA, the Nature Center’s mission is “to educate and inspire people of all ages to be environmentally responsible stewards of the Earth.” Home to hundreds and thousands of varieties of trees and plants as well as fields, woodlands, and ponds, the flourishing fauna and flora provide a natural habitat for many types of wildlife, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, pollinators, and over 50 species of birds.
In 1951, Dr. Robert S. Munger and his wife, Betty, purchased 21 acres of open farm land on Ross Road and began constructing their Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home the following year. Dr. Munger then began cultivating and landscaping the property. Little by little, year after year, his hobby-turned-passion grew into the beautiful nature center known today as Boxerwood. Dr. Munger estimated that he probably planted around 12,000-13,000 trees and shrubs over the years. Although not all exist today due to wrong location, infestation, disease, short life expectancy, and other reasons, those that did survive are still living for visitors to enjoy today.

Porch view of white porch swing, white posts and railing, overlooking green grass, trees and brilliant rainbow in the sky

Whether you’re planning a Shenandoah vacation, attending an event, or live in the community, we encourage you to plan your getaway at Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast. We are conveniently situated just three miles from Boxerwood, so plan a nature-lover’s getaway with us. Our scenic views of the gardens, the surrounding mountains, and the Shenandoah Valley will coincide nicely with your visit to Boxerwood. While relaxing on the veranda or in your guest room you will likely see deer crossing the lower fields in the early morning, the elusive but playful fox as he meanders by the property, and hummingbirds fluttering from flower to flower between April and October. The sounds of songbirds are everywhere as well, including the musical mockingbird with its music repertoire of mimicked sounds. Consider combining your stay with our Midweek Getaway Package for less people and more savings. Contact us for details or reserve your room or cottage online.


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