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Quarry Gardens at Schuyler

Physical Address
1643 Salem Road
Schuyler, VA 22969

quarrygardens-header-1008Open by appointment only – Individual Guided Tours most Fridays through Sundays – (April through November)

Sign up for a tour through the website’s VISIT page. Tours free; donations appreciated.

Contact us through the website for Group Tours (Mondays through Thursdays)

The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler opened in ​spring 2017 as a privately funded​ natural area and botanical garden for public education and enjoyment.

​History:

Schuyler has been the soapstone capital of the world since 1880’s. Six quarries under these gardens were worked from 1950s to 1970s, then used as dump-site​s, and finally abandoned to grow wild.

Features:

  • ​​Forty acres of ​h​abitats and plant communities in 14 eco​z​ones and seven conservation areas​—all protected by 5​50-acre land buffer.
  • M​ore than 600 species of plants and animals found on site;​ some 100 species native to Schuyler area added. ​
  • T​wo miles of walking trail around two​ quarry pools.
  • Thirty-plus designed native plant galleries.​
  • D​emonstration garden show​ing​ how habitat modeling with native plants can ​​be used in​ landscaping.​
  • ​Visitor Center with exhibits of geology, native plants, history of soapstone mining, garden shop, and classroom.

 

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