Million Bulb Walk Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering during the Million Bulb Walk. This exciting event gives everyone the chance to get up close and see the lights in the open air. A large part of its success is the work of volunteers, and we’re glad you want to give your time and talents to make the event successful.

Sign up for a volunteer shift for the Million Bulb Walk

Directions to the Garden


If you’re working the early shift, the closer you can arrive to 4:30 PM, the better. If you are working the later shift, the closer you can arrive to 6:30 PM, the better. Please remember that traffic is likely to be heavy on the weekend, and lines to get into the Garden may be long.

When you enter the Garden and get near the main lot, let the parking crew know you are here to volunteer. You can drive your car through the parking lot and park in the main lot. After you park, please go directly to the ticket house.

Customers enter the Garden, park in the main lot, and pay at the ticket house.

Dress for the weather. Volunteers are outside almost all of the time. It is dark out there.

Restrooms: Keep in mind you are at least a two-minute walk away from the nearest restroom. The breezeway in the middle of the Visitors Center building stays unlocked, and you can use the restrooms in the education hallway. Enter the building and turn right. The restrooms are on your right about half way down the hall.

All Volunteers:

  • Be sure to sign in on the sign in sheet for that night so your hours will be credited. If you are working a double shift, you need to note that. If you forget, please email volunteer services at
  • While you are out in public, no talking, texting, surfing, or tweeting on a phone. No ear buds, Bluetooth earpieces or earphones. This is for your own safety. If you must make a call, take a break and go to your car or the building.


If the weather is bad, the Norfolk Botanical Garden follows the City of Norfolk’s policy on closing. If the TV says the City of Norfolk is closed (NOT schools and NOT courts), then the Garden and Garden of Lights will be closed as well.

If the weather is bad on a holiday or weekend, and you are not sure whether or not to come in, you can call the front desk at 441-5830 ext. 324 to see if the Garden is closed. If you get voice mail, listen to the message.

Of course, if you cannot come in safely, you can call the front desk (757-441-5830 ext. 324) or my phone (757-441-5830 ext. 327) and have one of us inform the supervisor for that night that you will not be coming in.

Ray Davis and/or David Powers is the supervisor for all the nights of the Million Bulb Walk.

If you have any questions, call me at 757-441-5830 Ext. 327 or email me at

Thank you!

Amanda Wells
Volunteer Services Manager
757-441-5830 Ext. 327