Photo Copyright: Joy Schoenberger
Visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden
Originating in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant to the city to develop an azalea garden, the Norfolk Botanical Garden today covers 155 acres with extensive collections of azaleas, roses, hollies, camellias, hydrangeas and crape myrtles.
Special Features at Norfolk Botanical Garden
- A delightful boat ride that takes visitors on guided tours via canals and waterways in the gardens. (A tram tour is also available.)
- More than 3,800 plants in the genus Rhododendron, representing 558 different species and cultivars.
- Collections of camellias (more than 1,100 different types), Ilex (214 different species and cultivars of holly), and Hydrangea (200 different cultivars).
- Rose garden representing 380 different cultivars.
- World of Wonder, Children’s Adventure Garden.
- Healing Garden containing plants with healing properties.
- Eagle Cam, which monitors a pair of nesting Bald Eagles at home in the gardens.
6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA