Did you know Earth Day started at Airlie?

This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

In 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson first introduced his idea for Earth Day to a group of medical and law students participating in a conference here. The idea gained steam quickly, and the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Today, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide and continues to promote and raise environmental consciousness. At Airlie, we continue to observe this important tradition established here more than 45 years ago. This year, we are inviting the community to participate.

Please join us and our neighbors, Rainforest Trust, from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Airlie garden for an open house garden with activities for the whole family. There is no cost to attend, but we hope you will consider bringing non-perishable items, pet food, clothing and other items for the Fauquier SPCA, Fauquier Family Shelter and/or Fauquier Food Bank (click to view their wish lists).

  • Garden Tours by Garden Manager Kim Terry and Lead Gardener Brianna Jansen
  • Dr. Paul Salaman of Rainforest Trust
  • Kristine Jacobson of BeeU
  • Cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. by Chef Tyler Canon
  • Hay bale tower, bubble station and bouncy house for the kids
  • Flavored water, iced tea and lemonade
  • Fresh popcorn with a variety of seasonings including Airlie garden herb
  • Recycled art on display
  • Gift basket raffle
  • First 50 people get an Airlie Earth Day water bottle
  • Seed packet giveaway