Visit The Norfolk Botanic Garden

What began in 1939 as an azalea garden is now the thriving Norfolk Botanic Garden that features fifty-three themed gardens that can be viewed by foot, boat, or tram.

Thousands of visitors explore the property every year, and highlights in the coming weeks will include:

Fall Gardens

Bristow Butterfly Garden – This two-acre area features a moonlight garden, butterfly bush collection, and a swallowtail and monarch nursery. Visitors can also try the half-acre butterfly maze that provides a fun challenge for all ages as well as food for the butterflies.

Japanese Garden – Created in 1962 to honor Norfolk’s sister city Moji (now called Kitakyushu), Japan, it’s inspired by the traditional hill and pond style of Japanese gardens. Signature elements include evergreen plants and stones.

Mirror Lake – Mirror Lake is the oldest part of the garden, and it’s where WPA workers began clearing for the azalea plantings in 1939. This area still features the azaleas and is best explored on foot as it features woodland trails that meander through the plantings that also include orchids and ferns.

Fall Events 

Guided Kayak Tour (September 21) – Enjoy a guided kayak tour around Lake Whitehurst to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit its shores. No experience is necessary and kayaks, paddles, and life vests are provided.

Night Sounds (October 5) – Join the garden’s staff for a moonlight tour and discover the sounds of the property’s nocturnal inhabitants.

Evening Open Practice Tai Chi (Thursdays, October 5 – November 2) – This is for those who know the basics of tai chi. Classes are held inside with beautiful panoramic garden views, and this program is sponsored by International Taoist Tai Chi Society.

If you would like to call our Hampton Roads apartment community home, please contact us to arrange a tour.

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