Scale Insects

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Now, during the dormant season, is a good time to check woody plants for scale insect infestations. Scale insects are not the easiest to recognize because they are not only immobile, but are usually small and do not look like most other insects. Many of them resemble small, oval or circular sea shells. One is even called oyster…

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Fungus Gnats

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Do you occasionally observe small flying insects that appear to be tiny (1/10 to 1/8 inch long) mosquitos on your houseplants? Fungus gnats are common in houseplant soils with high organic matter that are kept quite moist. They do not pose any problem for humans or pets, other than being annoying, but can harm plants….

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Spring-Flowering Bulbs

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Have you seen any daffodils in bloom yet?  There are the occasional one here and there, most likely the cultivar February Gold.  It is in bloom in several locations in the Garden – though the recent snow has pretty well hidden them for the time being.  You should be preparing to fertilizer spring-blossoming bulbs in…

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Video Blog – The Sunken Garden

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One of our many treasures here at Norfolk Botanical Garden – The Sunken Garden.  You won’t want to miss Les Parks and Linda Saunders as they show you the beauty of this unique garden.  Watch and get ideas for your own garden!

Million Bulb Walk

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Guests may walk through the lights on these dates: Friday, November 22 – Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Walk through 2 miles of spectacular lighted displays

Butterfly Magnets

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Watch Les Parks as he shows you what plants are magnets for butterflies. Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Butterfly House is amazing.  Visitors can have an up-close encounter with caterpillars and butterflies. it’s also a great compliment to the Bristow Butterfly Garden.  Come see for yourself!


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Have you seen the fireflies, or lightning bugs depending on which part of the country you are from, flying around your yard recently? They are quite fascinating, even magical appearing, having inspired all types of legend and lore. Fireflies are a beetle in the order Coleoptera. There are many different species and their defining characteristic…

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