A Great Place
The Master Gardeners’ Garden at Ida Lee Park was first created in 1992 with the intent of providing a practical organic garden for growing vegetables and fruit where the public could visit and learn about chemical-free gardening.
As part of that garden, perennials, bulbs, herbs and grasses were added along with a children’s garden. While many of the species used in the garden are not native, they do attract a nice diversity of butterflies and is one of the places we visit for our Annual Butterfly Count.
As you walk through the garden, look closely and you will see a variety of skippers, swallowtails, sulphurs, hairstreaks, fritillaries, anglewings, and other butterflies seeking nectar.
The vegetable gardens also attract a wide variety of butterflies since they are managed organically.
Beyond the butterflies, the main bird species that you will find here are goldfinches and a variety of sparrows.
When to Visit
Hours: The garden is never closed, feel free to visit anytime. However if you come on Tuesday or Thursday mornings, 9-12, from Mid-March to Mid-October, Master Gardeners will be there to answer your questions.
Anyone wishing to hold an event at the garden should first contact the Loudoun County Master Gardeners.
Facilities: Restrooms are available at the Ida Lee Park facilities.
Driving directions: Located at 60 Ida Lee Drive in Leesburg.