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Norfolk Botanical Garden Visitor Guide

Norfolk Botanical Garden
Japanese garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Source: Wikimedia (Creative Commons license)
It all started in 1939 when the Work Progress Administration gave the city a grant for just over $76,000 to create a garden that would attract visitors.

From those humble beginnings, the Garden has grown into a 155-acre attraction that boasts 40 themed gardens, an indoor space for special events and a long list of educational programs.

Norfolk Botanical Garden is a wonderful place for anyone who enjoys gardens, wildlife or just spending time outdoors. The Garden provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon stroll, and most of the pathways are suitable for visitors in wheelchairs.

The themed gardens allow you to see the things that interest you the most. Examples of the themed gardens are the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden and the Bicentennial Rose Garden.

During the summer, there is an area just for children. The WOW Children’s Garden has several areas for young visitors to explore. This area even has fun water features where they can cool off.

In 2003, some eagles made a nest in one of the Garden’s trees. For years, people around the world tracked the progress of the eagles via the “Eagle Cam.” Sadly, after one of the eagles was killed by a plane strike from a nearby airport, the city decided it was best to move the eagle’s nest.

Still, eagles will remain an important part of the Garden’s history, and special eagle encounter programs are offered from time to time.

Other programs offered by the Garden are family evenings at the park, bird watching, floral arrangement and many more.

When You Visit


When you visit Norfolk Botanical Garden, you will be delighted with various areas where you can stroll and see thousands of plants and flowers, all of which have been artfully arranged.

This is not just a summer destination. Special winter programs are available, but the park itself takes on a special charm in winter.

Norfolk doesn’t get a lot of snow, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the area during a snowfall, be sure to head to the garden which looks especially beautiful draped in bright white, freshly fallen snow.

A ride on the tram is a fun way to get a good look at the garden’s major features, especially for those with limited mobility. The tram ride is free with Garden admission.

Also consider a boat ride. This provides a different view of the park, and is reasonably priced at only $7.

Hours and Location

Hours: Oct. 16 through March 9-5, April through Oct. 15 9-7
Location: Norfolk
Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Road, 23518
Telephone: 757-441-5830
Web site: www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
Cost: $11 adults, $9 children, 2 and under free
Latitude: 36.901564
Longitude: -76.200115

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