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Gateway Children's Garden at Ambrose Park

Mall Drive, Martinsburg, WV      MAP


General Admission:                          
Garden designed for ages 2 & up
(must be accompanied by an adult 18 year or older

Weekdays: $2 per child

Saturdays:  $3 per child

Pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be available for purchase when the garden is open.  Cash only.

In the even of inclement weather, please check our MBC Parks & Rec Facebook page or website 

Summer Hours 

June 21 - August 13, 2016

Tuesday & Thursday    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday                    9:00 am -   1:00 pm

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday CLOSED

Open other days for special events, ie, yoga.  

Fall Hours

August 16 - October 22, 2016

Tuesday                    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday                   9:00 am -   1:00 pm

Sunday, Monday,Wednesday-Friday CLOSED              

Garden Features:

  • Hobbit House
  • Lookout Tower
  • Zip Line
  • ABC Garden & Reading Nook
  • Tiny Tots Exploration Area


  • Drip Drop Water Zone
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Nest Niche

Saturday Garden Buds

From Spring through Fall, the Children's Garden will host a workshop that will be held from 10:30 am - 11:00 am.  Visit our website for full schedule.

Open to the first 25 children who are pre-registered no later than Friday before.
**Please note that pre-registration is required for spot placement only.  The Children's Garden entry fee covers the workshop and is payable day-of at the gate.

Group Information
We offer group exploration for schools, daycare, birthday parties, camps and more!
For details and available dates --  click here to email  Lauren 

Count down to the Opening of the Gateway Children's Garden

"we've come along way baby"


  • Sponsoring an activity at the "Garden Party"
  • Volunteering to work at the "Garden Party"
  • Bringing your family and friends to enjoy the FUN!

Gateway Garden Club is working closely with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board to build the garden at Ambrose Park in Martinsburg, WV. How elaborate it will be depends on community support.
(Read Summer 2014 West Virginia Garden News article 1 of 3 for details)

Sponsor a game at the Garden Party
for $40

  • Tax-deductible donation
  • Professionally printed 2-sided sign aat an activity
  • Name in the list of contributions in newspaper
Make checks payable to: Martinsburg-Berkeley Parks and Recreation,  273 Woodbury Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25404

For more information or questions contact
Gateway Garden Club
 (304) 267-6579

Additional updates and pictures at Gateway Garden Club on Facebook


Nov 13 -
The Hobbit House is underway, the Butterfly Garden has walls and tiles, the Dinosaur has a backbone, the ABC Garden has a sponsor, the Rotary is funding a water feature, and the Mountain has been put to rest for the winter.

Jul 12 -
Construction of the Children's Garden in underway-"Herald Mail"

Jul -
estimated first phase of completion, GGC applying for grants

Apr - move dirt and create "mountain"


Dec 19 - Gateway Garden Club will be at the McDonald's near Lowe's to distribute information about the Ambrose Children's Garden. McDonald's will contribute a % of sales made between 5 and 7 PM to our garden fund. Invite all to eat at this time to support our project.

- the mountain construction has been postponed until late October

Sep 12 - The mountain construction at the Ambrose Children's Garden should start next week!!! We are looking forward to the start of this exciting project that will be ongoing through next summer.

Jun 11 - Journal article: 

"Children's garden planned for city's Ambrose Park"