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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.


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.


  • ​​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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