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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct,
Vienna, VA 22182
Great for Portraits & Events
but not in our standard portraits service area.

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is a popular outdoor location for portraits and weddings located in Vienna, Virginia. The gardens, which span 95 acres, were established in 1980 by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and have since become one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the state.

The Meadowlark Botanical Gardens were originally a man-made pond that was created in the early 1960s. However, by the 1970s, the pond had fallen into disrepair and become a dumping ground for trash. It was at this time that the NVRPA acquired the land and began the process of transforming it into the beautiful gardens that we see today.

The first phase of construction began in 1980 and was completed in 1983. During this time, several features were added to the gardens, including the Korean Bell Garden, a gazebo, and a visitor center. The gardens continued to expand over the years, with the addition of several new features and attractions, including the Meadowlark Garden’s annual Winter Walk of Lights event.

Today, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular outdoor locations for portraits and weddings in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The gardens offer a wide range of backdrops, including lakes, ponds, bridges, and gazebos. The gardens are also home to several beautiful plants and flowers, including azaleas, cherry blossoms, and tulips, which make for a stunning background for any portrait or wedding.

However, it’s important to note that Meadowlark Botanical Gardens has a strict permitting process that clients must follow. All photography and wedding permits must be arranged in advance, and there are specific rules that must be followed, such as no amplified sound, no rice or confetti, and no smoking. It’s essential that clients review and understand all of the rules and regulations before scheduling their portraits or wedding at the gardens.

Location Limitations:

Once a permit is obtained to hold a photo session at Meadowlark there are few restrictions. However, permitting for weddings and portraits are handled differently, so be sure to contact the facility for more information. November through March, the operating hours are from 10:00 AM Р3:30 PM, and the gardens close at 4:00 PM.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-3631

Portrait Permits & Costs

Permit Required:
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Other Costs:
$6 Admission
Portraits Service Area:

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is not in our standard portraits service area and will require a travel charge to hold your portrait session here.

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Best from:
April – November

Parking info:

Free parking is available in the on-site parking lot.

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