Plan a day in nature and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Richmond's hidden-gem gardens. Whether you're looking for a place to picnic with friends or a serene place to unwind, seek out these tucked-away greenspaces for the perfect peaceful escape right in the city.

Poe Museum Garden Photo

The Poe Museum Enchanted Garden

1914 E Main Street

Hidden behind The Poe Museum lies a charming oasis that pays homage to the renowned poet Edgar Allan Poe. Surrounded by towering trees and fragrant blooms, this garden provides an escape for literary enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Plus, you may spot the museum's resident cats, Edgar and Pluto, roaming about. Be sure to check for unique events in the garden throughout the year including Poe's "Enchanted Garden" Free Family Day. Garden access is included with museum admission. 

The Valentine Musuem Garden

The Valentine Museum Garden

1015 East Clay Street

After exploring The Valentine museum's thought-provoking exhibits, relax in their garden, a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of downtown Richmond. Featuring seating areas and beautiful greenery, this garden is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of quiet contemplation. Located in the garden is also Ms. Bee's Cafe, a locally owned juice bar offering coffee, fresh juices and lunch bites. Garden access is included with museum admission. 

Richmond Hill Garden

Richmond Hill Scenic Overlook and Garden

2209 E Grace Street

Perched atop a hill overlooking the city skyline, Richmond Hill offers a charming hidden garden that's as picturesque as it is serene. This historic monastery turned spiritual urban retreat center in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood features a beautiful hidden-gem greenspace that the public is welcome to explore. Experience a connection with nature and yourself while roaming through their contemplative, wild gardens and unique Chartres-style Labyrinth. Garden access is free and open to the public through all seasons. 

Linden Row Inn Garden

Linden Row Inn Patio and Garden

100 East Franklin Street

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Richmond and step into the serene oasis of Linden Row Inn's interior garden and patio. This hidden gem escape inside a historic hotel offers a peaceful retreat where guests can unwind and also enjoy meals from the inn's on-site restaurant, Parterre. The garden is known for its connections to Edgar Allan Poe who spent time in the historic garden as a child. Garden/patio access is open to the public during Parterre's operating hours. 

The Branch Museum Garden

The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design Garden

2501 Monument Avenue

Experience the intersection of art and nature at The Branch Museum's quaint public garden. Beautiful blooms, a lush tree canopy and elegant sculptures create a truly enchanting atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. This garden is the perfect spot for a small picnic or a place to relax and reflect after exploring the museum. The garden is also a popular spot for weddings and formal gatherings as well as the backdrop for the museum's annual Mad Hatter Garden Party. Garden access is open to the public during museum operating hours and suggested museum admission is $5. 



Check out our full list of public parks, trails and scenic greenspaces across the region.