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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

View Photo Gallery Follow Us Weddings & Receptions Surrounded by water and beautiful blooms, Norfolk Botanical Garden is the ideal setting for dream weddings, vow renewals and elegant celebrations. With thirteen serene outdoor locations to choose from and wedding packages for every budget, the Garden can accommodate an extravagant affair for up to 400 guests or an intimate party of 20, and everything in between! Each of our premium wedding packages are paired with indoor and outdoor reception locations. We also offer engagement and elopement packages as well as ceremony only or reception only options. For more information, please click on the image below to download our NEW 2017/2018 Brochure. The Garden is quite simply the most extraordinary location in Coastal Virginia for your dream wedding! Contact the NBG Wedding & Events team or additional information and details or to book your private venue tour today! 1441-5830 Ext. 320  weddings@nbgs.org Check out our Wedding Collection Galleries on Pinterest! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Vendors & Catering Norfolk Botanical Garden works with an exclusive, hand picked list of the area’s best caterers, entertainment, lighting and rental companies. We are also happy to recommend other vendors from our list of tried and true event industry professionals. We work very closely with our exclusive caterers and preferred vendors to ensure that your special day is a success! Industry Recognition ● Best Wedding Pros – Virginia Living Magazine 2017 ● Editor’s Pick: Most Romantic Wedding Venues – Borrowed & Blue 2016 ● Preferred Vendor – The Bridal Dish 2017 ● Best Table Top Award– VOW Bridal Event 2016 ● People’s Choice Award – International Special Events Society 2015 Norfolk Botanical Garden is on the cover of VOW Bride magazine! Click here for a sneak peek inside the issue or watch our behind the scenes video from this incredible styled shoot! VOW Bride from Vision Quest Productions on Vimeo.
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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Weddings & Receptions Surrounded by water and beautiful blooms, Norfolk Botanical Garden is the ideal setting for dream weddings, vow renewals and elegant celebrations. With thirteen serene outdoor locations to choose from and wedding packages for every budget, the Garden can accommodate an extravagant affair for up to 400 guests or an intimate party of 20, and everything in between! Each of our premium wedding packages are paired with indoor and outdoor reception locations. We also offer engagement and elopement packages as well as ceremony only or reception only options. For more information, please click on the image below to download our NEW 2017/2018 Brochure. The Garden is quite simply the most extraordinary location in Coastal Virginia for your dream wedding! Contact the NBG Wedding & Events team or additional information and details or to book your private venue tour today! 1441-5830 Ext. 320  weddings@nbgs.org Check out our Wedding Collection Galleries on Pinterest! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Vendors & Catering Norfolk Botanical Garden works with an exclusive, hand picked list of the area’s best caterers, entertainment, lighting and rental companies. We are also happy to recommend other vendors from our list of tried and true event industry professionals. We work very closely with our exclusive caterers and preferred vendors to ensure that your special day is a success! Industry Recognition ● Best Wedding Pros – Virginia Living Magazine 2017 ● Editor’s Pick: Most Romantic Wedding Venues – Borrowed & Blue 2016 ● Preferred Vendor – The Bridal Dish 2017 ● Best Table Top Award– VOW Bridal Event 2016 ● People’s Choice Award – International Special Events Society 2015 Norfolk Botanical Garden is on the cover of VOW Bride magazine! Click here for a sneak peek inside the issue or watch our behind the scenes video from this incredible styled shoot! VOW Bride from Vision Quest Productions on Vimeo.
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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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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Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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