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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 100+ acres are botanical gardens and an event venue located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, in Vienna, Virginia

They are open daily except for major holidays and ice; an admission fee is charged Photography is allowed when a proper reservation has been made, additional fees paid and pass issued Details regarding photography access are available in writing only at the above address, and can not be described over the telephone or internet

The property is protected and operated by the NOVA Parks agency of Northern Virginia


  • 1 Features
    • 11 Korean Bell Garden
      • 111 Description
      • 112 History
  • 2 Gallery
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


A significant structure, the Atrium, is used as a wedding and event venue The gardens aspect of the property features three ponds, two gazebos, an island bridge, more than twenty varieties of cherry trees, aquatic plants, an azalea collection, a fern and hosta collection, an herb garden, a lilac garden, and perennials They also contain three native plant collections as part of the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation:

  • Potomac Valley Collection – plants native to the Potomac River basin
  • Virginia Native Tree Collection – native trees for use in a home setting, including Asimina triloba, Carpinus caroliniana, Chionanthus virginicus, Magnolia virginiana, Ostrya virginiana, and Quercus lyrata
  • Virginia Native Wetland – A small wetland with local trees including Betula nigra, Liquidambar styraciflua, Nyssa sylvatica, Platanus occidentalis, Salix nigra, Taxodium distichum; aquatic plants such as Acorus calamus, Nymphaea odorata, Pontederia cordata, Sagittaria latifolia; and shoreline plants including Carex spp, Cyperus spp, Equisetum hyemale, Iris versicolor, Lobelia cardinalis, Myrica pensylvanica, Sarracenia purpurea, and Typha latifolia

Over the winter holidays, the gardens put on a winter walk of christmas-themed lights that include music and refreshments[1]

Korean Bell Garden


Large Korean bells trace back to the Shilla Dynasty 57 BC – 935 AD[2][3] The one in the Korean Bell Garden is made of bronze, weighs three tons, and is 218 meters high It is called the Bell of Peace and Harmony Korea's national flower, the rose of Sharon and Virginia's state flower, the dogwood are both engraved on the bell, along with the words "Peace and Harmony" and the ten traditional symbols of longevity – sun, mountain, water, cloud, stone, pine tree, white crane, turtle, mushroom of immortality and deer[3] The bell is held in a wooden pavilion that was built by Korean craftsmen in their country's traditional style – instead of using nails, they carved the wood so that each piece would fit together;[3][4] the eaves of the pavilion curve upward; and the roof tiles are made of a type of clay called ocher[2][3][4]


The Korean Bell Garden is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the first Korean bell pavilion on the East Coast of the United States – the Korean Bell of Friendship and its pavilion were donated by South Korea to San Pedro, Los Angeles, California in 1976[2][5][6] The idea for the Korean Bell Garden was conceived of by Jeung-Hwa Elmejjad-Yi, who moved to the United States from Korea when she was a teenager She founded the Korean American Cultural Committee in 2005 – two years after the centennial of the beginning of Korean immigration to the United States – as a means through which to realize her idea[2][7] In 2006, her organization reached an agreement with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to have the garden built in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens[2] The project cost around $1 million: $600,000 for the bell and the pavilion; $100,000 for the surrounding garden; and $300,000 for long-term maintenance Eighty percent of the costs were raised through donations from the Korean-American community in the Washington area, and the remaining twenty-percent was donated by the South Korean government[2][7]

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 27, 2010 – two days after the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War[8][9][10] South Korean diplomats Jim Soon Nam and Yongchun Cho were present, as well as several US politicians connected with the area Some of the speakers included Cho, Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen, and the Chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova[9][11] American and South Korean veterans were in attendance and assisted with a photo exhibition of the Korean War[9][12]

Construction of the pavilion was completed in the fall of 2010,[8][12][13][14][15] and the bell arrived from Korea in May 2011 A dedication ceremony for the bell was held on the fourteenth[16][17] The official opening ceremony for the garden was held about a year later on May 19, 2012[13] It was opened and closed by the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, which played the American and Korean National Anthems, the Korean folk song "Arirang", and a selection from American composer Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide Petersen and Belova both returned as speakers Korea's Ambassador at the time, Choi Young-jin was present at the ceremony[2]


See also

  • Botanical gardens in Virginia
  • List of botanical gardens in the United States
  • NOVA Parks system


  1. ^ "Winter Walk of Lights" Nova Parks 2015-12-22 Retrieved 2020-03-27mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Paarlberg May 21, 2012 "New Korean Bell Garden Opens Near Wolf Trap" Washington City Paper Retrieved January 14, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d "The Korean Bell Garden – A Brief History" atriumatmeadowlarkcom Archived from the original on August 1, 2013 Retrieved May 6, 2014
  4. ^ a b David Siegel July 20, 2012 "A place of marvel and discovery" Fairfax Times Archived from the original on May 6, 2014 Retrieved May 6, 2014
  5. ^ "Korean Bell Garden" fxvacom Retrieved May 4, 2014
  6. ^ "Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion" sandpedrocom Retrieved May 4, 2014
  7. ^ a b Maria Glod June 10, 2007 "Pavilion to Help Ring In Diversity" Washington Post Retrieved May 3, 2014
  8. ^ a b "All About the Korean Bell Garden" Korean American Cultural Committee Retrieved May 4, 2014
  9. ^ a b c "Korean Bell Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony" Fairfax Daily Monitor June 23, 2010 Retrieved May 4, 2014
  10. ^ "Korean Bell Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony June 27" fairfaxcountygov June 22, 2010 Retrieved May 4, 2014
  11. ^ Chap Petersen June 29, 2010 "The Korean Bell, Jim Moran and the Legend of Kim Yu-Sin" oxroadsouthcom Archived from the original on May 5, 2014 Retrieved May 4, 2014
  12. ^ a b "History of the Korean American Cultural Committee" Korean American Cultural Committee Retrieved May 4, 2014
  13. ^ a b "Mission & Goals" Korean American Cultural Committee Retrieved May 4, 2014
  14. ^ Paul Gilbert September 7, 2010 "Final beam goes into Korean Pavilion" RegionalParksblogspotcom Retrieved May 5, 2014
  15. ^ Paul Gilbert October 20, 2010 "Korean Pavilion Complete" RegionalParksblogspotcom Retrieved May 5, 2014
  16. ^ Paul Gilbert May 6, 2011 "Korean Bell Has Arrived!" RegionalParksblogspotcom Retrieved May 6, 2014
  17. ^ Garrett Johnson May 16, 2011 "Video: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Welcomes Korean Bell" Vienna Patch Retrieved May 6, 2014

External links

  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
  • Picture Galleries
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