About us


Welcome to Merrifield Garden Center!

We’re a full-service garden center, nursery and landscaping company that has been serving customers throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area since 1971. From the beginning, our goal has always been to provide exceptional quality, superior selection and outstanding service and expertise.

As one of the largest and most complete nurseries in the country, we take pride in having everything for your gardening, landscaping and decorating needs. Whether you’re looking for colorful annuals and perennials to spruce up your garden, a large specimen tree for your front yard or something beautiful for inside your home, we have it all! Merrifield Garden Center is a family owned and operated business with an extended family of over 750 employees who are dedicated to serving you. We invite you to visit one of our three Northern Virginia locations in Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville and discover for yourself what the Merrifield experience is all about. We look forward to seeing you! Any questions about our products or services? We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 703-560-6222 or send us an e-mail at questions@mgcmail.com.

With three full-service garden centers in Virginia – Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville – we offer one of the largest selections of plants and gardening accessories in the entire country. Looking for just the right plant for your garden? A certain tool to get the job done? Or something beautiful for inside your home? We have everything you need and more than you can possibly imagine to bring out the best in your home and garden, including: Beautiful Plants

  • Annuals, perennials and hanging baskets
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Vegetables and herbs
  • Tropical houseplants
  • Water plants

Gardening Supplies and Plant Clinic

  • Lawn and garden products
  • Plant Diagnostic Clinic
  • Bird feeding supplies
  • Statuary, fountains, trellises and decorative pots
  • Garden décor and accessories

Home Décor and Gifts

  • Decorations for the home and office
  • Christmas Shop
  • Fresh cut flowers and arrangements (Fair Oaks and Gainesville)
  • Artificial flowers and arrangements
  • Wine (Gainesville)

Landscaping Services

  • Complete landscape design, planting and construction services
  • Custom patios, driveways, walkways and walls
  • Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits
  • Brick, stone and timber work
  • Irrigation systems and landscape lighting

And, if that’s not enough, we even have a café at our Merrifield and Gainesville stores. In everything we do, we’re committed to exceptional quality, superior selection and outstanding service and expertise. We travel throughout the country to find the best plants and products and take pride in always carrying the latest and greatest items for your home and garden. So stop in and discover the Merrifield difference. How can we help you? Looking for something in particular? Have a question? Give us a call at 703-560-6222  or fill out our Contact Us Form.

Daily: 8 am – 8 pm

Mother’s Day: 8 am – 6 pm

Memorial Day: 8 am – 6 pm

For directions to our stores, please click on the links below:
Merrifield store 703-560-6222
Fair Oaks store 703-968-9600
Gainesville store 703-368-1919

Need help finding us? If you would prefer to talk to someone about how to get to our stores, please give us a call at 703-560-6222.

Thank you for visiting our website. If you have a question or comment, we’d love to hear from you! We can be reached by phone, e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service. Phone: Merrifield store: 703-560-6222 Fair Oaks store: 703-968-9600 Gainesville store: 703-368-1919 E-Mail: comments@mgcmail.com U.S. Postal Service: Merrifield Garden Center PO Box 848 Merrifield, VA 22116 FedEx, UPS and private shipping – and for GPS purposes: Merrifield Garden Center 8132 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA 22042

Merrifield Garden Center is the story of two families and a dream. It began when Bob Warhurst, a hard-working young man with a can-do attitude from humble beginnings in rural Alabama, was ahead of his time, realizing the need to service the growing population of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with quality plants. Bob told Buddy Williams, his neighbor and friend in Vienna, Virginia, about his plan to start a garden center and nursery – and asked if he wanted to join him. Buddy, who enjoyed plants and working outside as much as Bob, quickly agreed. “I think drive comes from believing you can do something,” says Bob, who left his rural Alabama home, where work was scarce, as a teenager to move to Northern Virginia to make his way in life. The great adventure for Bob and his wife, Billie Jean, and Buddy and his wife, Doris, was about to begin. Soon after their daring decision, Bob, who owned a trash collection business and an antique and second-hand store called “The Trading Post,” and Buddy, a fireman in Fairfax County, hopped in a pick-up truck and drove around Northern Virginia to stake out locations to build their dream nursery. They spotted undeveloped land at the corner of Lee Highway and Gallows Road, just outside the Capital Beltway in Merrifield. Like Columbus coming ashore in the Americas, Bob declared, “This is it!” One of Bob’s greatest strengths is to see beyond the present moment and visualize what might be possible. He saw huge potential in the weedy, junk-strewn lot filled with scraggly brush and abandoned, rusty cars that was next to an Exxon gas station at a very busy intersection. Merrifield Garden Center opened on April 9, 1971 with a quaint red barn, a small store and less than an acre of plants. It started incredibly small, but with the highest of standards. From the very beginning, Bob and Buddy emphasized outstanding customer service, exceptional quality and superior selection. These old-school principles are still paramount today. But they’re combined with 21st century business practices. Now, 44 years later, Merrifield Garden Center has expanded to become one of the largest and most complete nurseries in the country with three Northern Virginia stores – the original site in Merrifield, a second in Fairfax and a third in Gainesville. We’re proud to have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades over the years. In addition to serving the needs of home gardeners, we provide beautiful plants and horticultural expertise to many local, state and federal government agencies as well as schools, commercial properties, golf courses and park authorities. As we’ve grown, we have never forgotten our modest roots and we’re more passionate than ever to be in the beauty business and help our customers achieve their dreams. After all these years, our founders are still exchanging handshakes and hugs with customers, answering gardening questions, stocking shelves and handling any job that needs to be done. When you visit Merrifield Garden Center, there’s a good chance the person assisting you is either a Warhurst or a Williams. Family members grow up learning plants and the importance of taking care of customers. Later, they branch off into Merrifield careers that suit their individual talents and interests. “An important part of the Merrifield culture is the sense of family – friendly and down-to-earth,” Bob says. “We think our unique family dynamics translates into better customer service.” Sadly, Bob Warhurst passed away on April 29, 2015 and Buddy Williams on July 20, 2011. Both after long illnesses. Bob’s wife Billie Jean and their five children – Debbie, Rob, Larry, Donny and Kevin – and several of their spouses work at the nursery. So do six of Bob and Billie Jean’s 11 grandchildren. Buddy’s wife, Doris, and their three children – Wanda, Hal and Kim – and one of their three grandchildren work at the garden center. And many of Bob and Buddy’s extended families also work here. For a great read about Merrifield Co-Founder Bob Warhurst and how the dream of Merrifield Garden Center became a reality, we invite you to read the book The American Dream: The Rags to Roses Story of Bob Warhurst and the Founding of Merrifield Garden Center, which is available in our stores and on this website. Click here to purchase the The American Dream: The Rags to Roses Story of Bob Warhurst and the Founding of Merrifield Garden Center.

Gainesville Cafe Looking for a place with delicious food and a gorgeous setting to grab a bite to eat? Check out Merrifield’s Garden Cafe at our Gainesville store. We offer a tasty menu of hearty breakfasts, specialty sandwiches, crisp salads and savory soups. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your meal. Be sure to visit us and see what’s cooking! Hours of Operation (Gainesville Cafe) Monday – Friday: 8 am to 5 pm Saturday: 8 am to 6 pm Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm Please note that our hours are subject to change.

At Merrifield Garden Center, we’re always on the lookout for great people who love plants and people. And while having plant knowledge is definitely a plus, we’re more interested in finding “people” people who really enjoy helping customers and providing great service. After all, that’s what Merrifield Garden Center is all about.

As a retailer, we need people who are willing to work weekends and evenings as needed. And, as a seasonal business, we need people who are flexible and willing to work when we need them the most, which is in the spring, summer and fall. We believe in cross-training our staff and doing whatever is needed to take care of customers and get the job done. So regardless if you are working as a cashier, loader, salesperson or some other position, we want people who are willing to help out as needed in other departments.

If you’re interested in helping customers and working with beautiful plants in a challenging and fast-paced environment, click here to view our current open positions.

As a member of the green industry for 44 years, Merrifield Garden Center has always believed in recycling and helping protect our environment. We’re committed to planting trees, using water wisely and protecting our natural resources. And, as we continue to grow as a company, we want to do everything we possibly can to help make the world a better place to live. Every year we supply and plant tens of thousands of trees throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Trees are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Not only are they beautiful, but trees absorb carbon dioxide, provide oxygen, lower energy costs and reduce noise levels and water runoff. We’re firm believers in the wise use of water. For years, we’ve carried moisture meters, Gator bags, rain barrels and drip irrigation systems, which conserve water and minimize runoff. This goes hand-in-hand with our decades-old recommendations about the judicious use of water when caring for lawns and gardens. We carry a great selection of native plants, which are hardy and drought tolerant. These plants offer more than just beautiful flowers and foliage. Many of them are critical to sustaining native butterflies and birds, and they’re the first step in restoring habitat that’s disturbed during construction and development. Merrifield offers a Plant Clinic at each of our three stores to provide our customers with free advice about the proper use of landscape management products. Our objective is to give accurate information, offer the least toxic control options and recommend pesticides only when necessary. We’ve always stocked a large selection of organic gardening products, and we’ve vastly increased the quantity over the years as demand has grown. These products offer more earth-friendly solutions for fertilizers and pesticides. Additionally, we recycle soil and brush from our landscape jobs and convert them into quality gardening products to help our gardens grow. It is estimated that we recycle about 10,000 cubic yards of soil, 35,000 cubic yards of brush and 50,000 tons of concrete a year. Recycled concrete makes an excellent base for new patios, sidewalks and driveways. We’ll continue to plant as many trees as possible, use water more wisely and expand our recycling efforts. But that’s not enough. We’re committed to doing even more to help our planet and build a greener world.

As a long-time member of the local business community, Merrifield Garden Center is proud to support various charities and community organizations. Whether it’s the schools, the Scouts or charitable fundraisers, we enjoy giving back to the local community that has been so good to us. Because we get so many requests for assistance, we obviously cannot support them all, but we try to help however and whenever we can. If you would like to submit a request for a donation or an in-kind contribution for a charitable or community organization, please send an e-mail to donationrequest@mgcmail.com. We receive a large number of requests. To handle them in a timely manner, we ask that you submit your request at least 60 days before your event and we will get back to you and let you know if we can help. Please include the following information in your e-mail: 1.) A brief explanation of the event 2.) The date of the event 3.)  The name, phone number and e-mail address of the contact 4.) Donation form, if any

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