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Good Weeds?

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One Man’s Weed is Another Caterpillar’s Dinner…… Last week, I was hand weeding the Norfolk Botanical Garden Native Plant Display Bed (next to the Butterfly House) when I spotted a caterpillar, in one of the plants I was getting ready to yank.  The day before, I had seen several butterflies in that same area where…

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Box Turtle Season is Upon Us

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist I don’t know of many people who don’t get a kick out of seeing a box turtle, and Norfolk Botanical Garden is an oasis for these vulnerable creatures.  We have everything a turtle could want – natural areas filled with food to eat, places to wander and…

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NBG Potager Kitchen Garden

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  In 2015, the Potager Kitchen Garden was unveiled as part of our Incredible Edibles Summer theme. It was a very popular go-to garden for guests to learn about vegetable gardening in any space. This year, the Potager Kitchen Garden (PKG) team is back at it, as you can see, veggies and flowers are already growing….

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Did you Know that NBG has several Redwoods?

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist While many of you may be familiar with the Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) adjacent to the Butterfly House (including the state champion!) I’ll bet most of you have never walked the “Redwood Trail” in Mirror Lake. When I first started working in Mirror Lake back in 2004,…

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Azaleas are spring showstoppers

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Wild Green Yonder is a recurring monthly feature from the staff of the Norfolk Botanical Garden. April is the month for azaleas! Daffodil, dogwood and azalea blooms signal that spring has arrived and summer is around the bend. Azaleas are ubiquitous around town, especially in older established neighborhoods. And, almost anyone can recognize an azalea,…

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A Mild December in 2015

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By Tom Houser, Norfolk Botanical Garden Senior Horticulturist It’s that time of the year when things here at the Garden are slowing down after completing most of our fall plantings. The Herbaceous team has completed their always arduous change-out of our annual beds, and every team is taking a breather after planting thousands (and thousands!)…

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