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Norfolk Botanical Garden

Norfolk Botanical Garden includes 175-acres, with 53 themed gardens that can be viewed by tram, boat or by foot. Themed gardens include the Bristow Butterfly Garden, the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden and the Bicentennial Rose Garden. Each of these gardens allow guests to see a variety of plants – from the cultivated to the wild.

Norfolk Botanical Garden provides an educational experience while entertaining visitors of all ages. More than twenty thousand children and adults are reached every year at the Garden by programs, classes and Norfolk Botanical Garden lectures. Volunteers provide more than seventeen thousand hours each year working in all aspects of the Gardens operations. From its humble beginnings as a WPA project to its status as a nationally recognized garden that attracts visitors from around the world, Norfolk Botanical Garden has experienced amazing growth.

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Hours

SUMMER SEASON: April 1 to Oct. 15  

Garden Hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ; Winter: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitor Center Hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Winter: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tram Tours 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Monday-Friday during summer season
Tram departs once every hour
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m – Saturday & Sunday
Tram departs once every 1/2 hour
Boat Tour Daily Summer Season: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm & 5pm
NEW Cafe Marigold & Honey 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m during summer season

Library: Saturdays & Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. & by appointment
Gift Shop: Monday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m. Closed January.

CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Members - FREE
Adults - $12
Seniors and Military - $10
Children & Youth (3-17) - $10
Toddlers (2 & under) with Parent or Guardian - Free

Additional tours may cost extra.

Activities

Guided Tours

Tram tours/Shuttle service: Free with Admission
Boat tours: Separate charge applies
Walking Tours: Free with Admission – inquire at the visitor desk
Walking tours and boat tours occur weather permitting (canceled for lightning/thunder, not rain).

Facilities

Indoor Exhibits

Indoor exhibits are on display year round in the Baker Hall Visitor Center. Rotating exhibits of painting, photography and other media highlight the beauty of the natural world. Additional temporary exhibits may be seen in the Education wing hallway.

Outdoor Exhibits

The Garden hosts special outdoor exhibits each summer. The outdoor setting provides a beautiful location for large scale exhibits that are thoughtful and interactive. 2015 is no exception. Check out our Great Frame Up exhibition, a partnership with the Chrysler Museum & Incredible Edibles with our New Potager Kitchen Garden.

Visitor Center and Garden Cafe.

Accessibility

Two trams are wheelchair accessible. To request special assistance, please contact 757-441-5830 ext. 324 (front desk). Boats are accessible for manual wheelchairs.  The Garden includes extensive paved paths.

Events

  • There are currently no scheduled events.

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