Botanical Gardens Norfolk

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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

The Norfolk Botanical Garden was first called the Norfolk Azalea Garden and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Norfolk Botanical Garden opened in 1938, when the city of Norfolk set aside a 75 acres (300,000 m2) of high, wooded ground plus 75 acres (300,000 m2) of reservoir for a city garden. In 1938, under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant, 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site. By March 1939, 4,000 azaleas, 2,000 rhododendrons, several thousand miscellaneous shrubs and trees, and 100 bushels of daffodils had been planted. In 1958 the Old Dominion Horticultural Society took over maintenance and changed the garden’s name to Norfolk Botanical Garden. The garden did at one point contain 175 acres, but the neighboring Norfolk International Airport expanded and took away 20 acres. A number of gardens were added through the 1950s and 1960s, including a Japanese garden, desert plants garden, colonial garden and rose garden.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

Description: Thirty minutes west of Virginia Beach are The Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Garden is spread over 155 acres with more than fifty themed sections. The garden has twelve miles of walking paths, a picnic area, the Garden Café, Gift Shop, water fountains and lots of benches. As with many of the attractions in the Virginia Beach area the admission fee is reasonable, they offer discounts for military, seniors and large groups. Children also pay a reduced price and children 2 and under are free. Free tram tours are available around the Garden, it makes several stops allowing you to hop on and hop off when something captures your eye. The rose garden was the first garden we walked through, it was very impressive, with over 430 different varieties, colors and smells that radiate from these flowers are beautiful. For me the Bristow Butterfly Garden was a must see, I am fascinated with butterflies and the beautiful way they are marked. Even though we were at the garden early in the season there were still lots of butterfly’s basking in the sun and flittering from plant to plant. With all the beautiful plants, flowers and trees butterflies are not the only insect or animal you are going to see, there are many birds, and small animals even a few reptiles, I spotted one non venomous snake slithering along the path in front of me. One of the gardens well known inhabitants is the pair of nesting Eagles. Depending on the time of year you visit the Botanical Gardens you may be lucky enough to see the nest with the parent birds near by. There are numerous telescopes surrounding the nest which ensure you get a good view. For families visiting the Garden, be sure to stop at the World of Wonders, the garden takes up three acres and offers a fun and educational experience to youngsters. I would recommend you bring a towel and change of clothes when visiting this garden as your children have the opportunity to dig through dirt, climb up trees and run cool off through water fountains. If you would like more information about the Norfolk Botanical Garden, please visit their website.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

Thirty minutes west of Virginia Beach are The Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Garden is spread over 155 acres with more than fifty themed sections. The garden has twelve miles of walking paths, a picnic area, the Garden Café, Gift Shop, water fountains and lots of benches. As with many of the attractions in the Virginia Beach area the admission fee is reasonable, they offer discounts for military, seniors and large groups. Children also pay a reduced price and children 2 and under are free. Free tram tours are available around the Garden, it makes several stops allowing you to hop on and hop off when something captures your eye. The rose garden was the first garden we walked through, it was very impressive, with over 430 different varieties, colors and smells that radiate from these flowers are beautiful. For me the Bristow Butterfly Garden was a must see, I am fascinated with butterflies and the beautiful way they are marked. Even though we were at the garden early in the season there were still lots of butterfly’s basking in the sun and flittering from plant to plant. With all the beautiful plants, flowers and trees butterflies are not the only insect or animal you are going to see, there are many birds, and small animals even a few reptiles, I spotted one non venomous snake slithering along the path in front of me. One of the gardens well known inhabitants is the pair of nesting Eagles. Depending on the time of year you visit the Botanical Gardens you may be lucky enough to see the nest with the parent birds near by. There are numerous telescopes surrounding the nest which ensure you get a good view. For families visiting the Garden, be sure to stop at the World of Wonders, the garden takes up three acres and offers a fun and educational experience to youngsters. I would recommend you bring a towel and change of clothes when visiting this garden as your children have the opportunity to dig through dirt, climb up trees and run cool off through water fountains. If you would like more information about the Norfolk Botanical Garden, please visit their website.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

Thirty minutes west of Virginia Beach are The Norfolk Botanical Garden. The Garden is spread over 155 acres with more than fifty themed sections. The garden has twelve miles of walking paths, a picnic area, the Garden Café, Gift Shop, water fountains and lots of benches.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

With all the beautiful plants, flowers and trees butterflies are not the only insect or animal you are going to see, there are many birds, and small animals even a few reptiles, I spotted one non venomous snake slithering along the path in front of me. One of the gardens well known inhabitants is the pair of nesting Eagles. Depending on the time of year you visit the Botanical Gardens you may be lucky enough to see the nest with the parent birds near by. There are numerous telescopes surrounding the nest which ensure you get a good view.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

“On the streets of glory let me lift my voice; cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.” read Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander, recalling lyrics written by Rufus Cornelius and echoed by those in the audience.
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

delzinaw Norfolk, Virginia Level Contributor 4 reviews 1 helpful vote “Beautiful” Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile My visit to the Botinicals Garden was very , very enjoyable. The flowers were so beautiful and my rideon the garden train was also fun. I also enjoyed the view of the nearby airport. A most definite must see. Helpful? Thank delzinaw Report
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Botanical Gardens Norfolk

r s Norfolk, Virginia Level Contributor 18 reviews 12 helpful votes “wedding” Reviewed 2 weeks ago My daughter was married there in July, 2011. A great place to have a wedding and reception. If you can get the chance to marry off someone this is a good place. Helpful? Thank r s Report
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The tram starts in front of Baker Hall Visitor Center, in the designated tram circle. The tram tour takes approximately 25 minutes, and has six stops around the garden. On weekdays the tram runs at the top of the hour, and on weekends the trams runs every half hour. The tram is driven by a Garden Guide that will explain the different gardens passed by during the tour.
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Thomas G Level Contributor 16 reviews 3 attraction reviews “Beautiful Gardens” Reviewed 3 weeks ago This was quite an enjoyable visit. There were many different plant and trees to see. There are signs and information, so you can learn something during you visit. If you are gardening enthusiast, this is a must-see. There is a child play are with a splash pad. Helpful? Thank Thomas G Report

“Beautiful Gardens” Reviewed 3 weeks ago This was quite an enjoyable visit. There were many different plant and trees to see. There are signs and information, so you can learn something during you visit. If you are gardening enthusiast, this is a must-see. There is a child play are with a splash pad. Helpful? Thank Thomas G Report

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