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Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden


Elevation: 1145 ft.

The eclectic Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden are the legacy of the late Dr. Robert S. Munger and a center point for environmental education in western Virginia. Fifteen acres of garden hosting two ponds, a variety of native plant species, 2500 + labeled cultivars from around the planet as well as numerous sculptures provide the perfect location to wander the trails. Learn about the importance of our environment or just sit and contemplate the complexities of nature. Dr. Munger’s dedication and off-kilter sense of the aesthetic has left a unique endowment for future generations. Adjacent to the gardens is The Meadow, a natural burial ground. It feels like an open, wilder extension of Boxerwood and visitors are welcome to walk the area. A notice will be posted if an internment is scheduled.

The garden’s current bird list contains over forty species. Common species such as mourning dove, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, blue jay, and northern cardinal are more easily seen than the skulking but vocal gray catbird, brown thrasher and eastern towhee. The many towering trees of the area are home to downy, red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers as well as yellow-bellied sapsucker during the winter months. The garden’s two ponds host eastern painted turtle and the occasional snapping turtle while their banks buzz with dragonflies such as common whitetail, common green darner and eastern pondhawk. The abundant blooming flowers attract a variety of swallowtails with the vibrant eastern tiger swallowtail being an almost constant companion.


Physical Address: 963 Ross Rd Lexington, VA 24450

From US-11/Lee Hwy in Lexington, head southwest on US-11 S/Lee Hwy, turn right onto US-11 BUS N/S Main St, turn left onto Sellers Ave, turn right onto Jackson Ave, turn left onto SR-687/Ross Rd, and the entrance is on the left in approximately 0.8 miles.


Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 463-2697,
  • Website
  • Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free, $5 donation appreciated

Birds Recently Seen at Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Fish Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Robin

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms