What may appear to the non-discerning eye (like mine) as an ordinary grove is actually a collection of rare trees native to Virginia:
In the Korean Bell Garden:
The park grounds contain three small lakes and numerous gazebos:
The Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection has examples of 16 kinds of shrubs and trees native to the local area:
In addition to serving as a botanical garden, the park is also a popular spot for having professional photographs taken, which must be set up by appointment (there are no restrictions on amateurs like myself, though if my camerawork is any indication, there probably should be). Starting from mid-November and lasting until just after New Year's, the gardens will be lit up at night, so we might make yet another visit there. As for our cycling ambitions, that all depends on how much tolerance we can build up in order to ride outside in a northern Virginia fall and winter. This being an El Nino year, it could be another "Snowmageddon" in the Washington, D.C. area. Then again, it could be another mild winter like the one the last time we were in Falls Church. Stay tuned as the seasons change...