Entrance Sign

Click to view slide show Fishing
Disc Golf Serenity Gardens
Picnic Pavilion

Research Garden Fishing
Botanical Garden Horseshoes

View Paul C. Edmunds Park in a larger map

Click to see Master Plan

      Edmund's Park is located just off Dan River Church Road, Route 716, on Edmunds Park Lane in Halifax County, Virginia. It overlooks a pond on the rolling countryside of what was once the Edmunds' dairy farm.
      The park opened in 2004 with the completion of Phase I.

The park is open year round from 8 a.m. to sunset. See Map


  • Pavillion, with 2 family size and 2 individual grills
  • Horseshoe Pits (2)
  • Volleyball (2 courts)
  • Basketball
  • Children's Playground
  • Disc Golf Course (dics not supplied)
  • Walking Trail
  • Open Play Fields
  • Fishing (See Fishing Rules)
  • Serenity Garden

Rules & Regulations:

  • No four-wheelers or other motorized vehicles except wheelchairs
  • No alcohol
  • Reservations required for Pavilion;
    contact County Office at 434-476-3300 for Reservation Application
  • Users are responsible to clean up areas used
  • Note: There is no potable water currently on the site

Future plans for the park include a Visitors Center/Hallof Fame, Amphitheater, and Splash Park which will have a variety of colorful structures spray mist, and dump water without leaving standing water.

Southern Virginia Botanical Garden Sign

Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens
       SVBG was created out of interest arising within the Southside Virginia Master Gardeners organization to create demonstration gardens for the region and to educate citizens about gardening as a lifestyle.

       The SVBG Board of Directors is working with Master Gardeners, horticultural and forest professionals as well as landscape architects and designers to develop plans for the development of the sites and very much wants this to be a community and regional project. "We are attempting this out of a desire to leave the region of Virginia we love with a lasting legacy."

The Arboretum is a large area of the Garden devoted to the collection and preservation of trees and shrubs that are native to our region as well as specimens of other suitable landscape trees and shrubs.

Dr. Charles Stallard - Open House June 2013
Dr. Charles Stallard, president of the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens at the June 2013 Open House.
Photo by Tyler G. Owen, Memory Lane Videos

Print out copies of the layout map and the Medicine Wheel brochure.
Layout Map
Botanical Gardens Layout Map

Medicine Wheel Outside Brochure

Medicine Wheel Inside Brochure
For more information visit the SVGB Web site or email Charles Stallard



We have created a beautiful venue for weddings and concerts on the "Front Lawn" of our garden. A pergola covered with flowering vines and roses is the exchange of vows site.
Summer Solstice - Medicine Wheel & 3 Sisters Garden

Summer Solstice - Medicine Wheel & 3 Sisters Garden

Woodlands Trail

On the north side of the garden area is the Woodlands Trail, a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It winds through this wooded area with several places to stop for a rest or to sit and watch nature as it happens.

The National Wildlife Federation unites sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts, bird-watchers, wildlife gardeners, nature lovers, and others, bringing together a broad spectrum of people who share a passionate concern for wildlife. Affiliates from across the country have created a national network of like-minded state and local groups who seek balanced, common-sense solutions to environmental problems.

Its three main areas of focus are:
  • connecting people to nature
  • reversing global warming (This highly succesful program has stopped global warming for nearly 2 decades)
  • protecting and restoring critical wildlife habitats
Wildlife Habitat Sign
Trail Entrance
Frank and Phoebe Bench
Tree Spirits

Two Face Bench
Two-headed Tree Spirit
Toad Stool Seats
Final resting spot - sitting with the fairy
Fairy w/ Frog
Stained glass wings

Dawn of the Super Plants
Research garden tests new breeds for production.

By Alta LeCompte, News & Record Staff, February 1, 2007
The solar-powered Campbell Scientific NOAH-style station gathers and transmits weather data to the Extension Office in Halifax.
Link to News & Record Online: Virginia Ornamental Plant Evaluation and Introduction Program

Local research garden at Edmunds Park tests 'super plants' for Southside production. Bill McCaleb, who is charge of the local site, said the goal of the program is to help Southside tobacco farmers transition to a new kind of cash crop - landscape plants.

The "winners" will be patented, grown in Southside greenhouses and fields, and marketed throughout the Southeast. The plants will carry Beautiful Gardens (tm) labels to let buyers know they have passed the research test.

"There are opportunities for a greenhouse industry, in particular in the traditional tobacco regions," said McCaleb, horticulture technician and Master Gardener program coordinator in Halifax County.

Serenity Garden at Edmunds' Park

Photos taken January 12, 2007

Gazette-Virginian News Story, August 30, 2006
Serenity Garden Takes Shape
The construction of Halifax County's cancer garden, the Serenity Garden is well under way, however the association is still in need of donations for the completion of the garden and its planned fall dedication.

Located in Paul Edmunds Memorial Park, the garden is the vision of breast cancer survivor Paula Whitlow of Halifax County, and it is being made possible through the generous support of the community. The garden will welcome all seeking a special place to remember and honor loved ones who have battled cancer or those simply seeking a quiet respite from life's challenges.

The garden is in the shape of a ribbon, representing every cancer, and the walkway on the ribbon will be brick. Individual engraved brick pavers can be purchased in honor or in memory of families, friends and caregivers whose lives have been touched by cancer, but must be done by Friday, September 1, for the fall dedication. Pavers are available in two sizes, one $60 and one $100. Pavers purchased after September 1 will be dedicated next spring. Forms for those wishing to purchase a brick may be picked up at The Gazette-Virginian or by contacting one of the numbers below for more information. Several fund-raising events are being planned.

Sunday, September 17, a gospel sing will be held at Edmunds Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Groups performing include The New Beginnings, Cecil F. Hazelwood and Martha Brizendine. Harold Young and Friends, Grace Baptist Quartet, Lighthouse Quartet and Fork Bluegrass Gospel. Hot dog plates including baked beans, coleslaw, drink and dessert, as well as door prizes, will he available for donations. The drawing of the raffle for a handmade quilt, tv and basket will also be held that day. All proceeds will go to the construction and maintenance of the garden.

Just in time for the holiday season, the Serenity Garden will have a special cookbook available for sale containing recipes from residents of the community. If you would like to submit a recipe, up to four per person, please submit no later than September 1 to be included. You may email them to: halifaxgarden@hotmail.com, mail your typed recipe to Christina Mahan at 11246 Mountain Rd., Vernon Hill, Va. 24597 or drop them off at The Gazette-Virginian office marked to the attention of Patricia Seat.

For more information on making a donation, purchasing a brick, raffie ticket, etc. call Paula Whitlow at 454-7042. Christina Mahan 476-2355 or Patricia Seat, 454-7744. Donations can also be mailed to Serenity Garden Association, PO. Box 1363, Halifax, Va. 24558. The Serenity Garden Association is a non profit organization, affiliated with the Halifax County Cancer Association.

Gazette-Virginian News Story, August 23, 2004
Paul C. Edmunds' Grandson Officially Opens County Park
Friday Ceremony Marked The Opening Of Phase I Facilities To The Public
The Gazette-Virginian, August 23, 2004
With a whisk and a serious look that quickly gave way to a big smile, Paul C. Edmunds, 5, took the first "official" slide Friday at Edmunds' Park, the new park dedicated in memory of his late grandfather.

Edmunds' little sister, one-year-old Caroline, joined in the dedication ceremony, following her big brother on the slide.

It was a "large and fun" grand opening the late Paul C. Edmunds Jr. would have enjoyed

Dozens of children scampered over playground equipment while adults enjoyed barbecue dinners, hot dogs and watermelon at the new shelter overlooking a pond and rolling countryside just off Dan River Church Road on Edmunds Park Lane.

"I can't tell you what this means to me and my family," said James E. Edmunds II, who donated the land in memory of his father.

"A small contribution back to the citizens who helped us," was Edmunds' description of the gift.

Acting county administrator Jerry Lovelace hailed the site's transition to "community park for Halifax County citizens," turning the rolling countryside into a "crown jewel" for the county.

The Friday ceremony marked the opening of Phase I facilities to the public. A well-stocked pond will be open for fishing in two years.

Phase I facilities under development include horseshoe pits, a disc golf course and volleyball courts.

When Phase II is complete, plans call for the Halifax County Sports of Fame, a silo tower and visitor's center at the site, according to organizers.

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