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Today in the Garden

Butterfly House Exhibit 2018
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Bike Nights 2018
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday Oil Painting
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

WOW Garden Artists- Garden Landscapes
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Kokedama: Japanese String Gardens - Cancelled
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Digital Photography - Improve Your Travel
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Guided Kayak Tour-Sunset Paddle
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Origami - Songbird Mobile
Where: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk VA

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Outdoor Exhibits – Butterfly House

Butterfly House

The Butterfly House Opens June 15th, 2018
The enclosed house provides an unbelievable opportunity to observe butterflies as they circle and land on their favorite nectar flowers providing guaranteed amazement and educational opportunities. It’s the perfect compliment to the 2.5 acre Bristow Butterfly Garden and the giant Butterfly Maze. Included with regular Garden admission.Graceful flight and dazzling colors mesmerize the children and the adults. Learn about the habits and life cycles of each type of butterfly, as you spot their eggs on host plants and watch as the caterpillars continually eat and grow. The opportunity to witness their finalGirl in butterfly housetransformation as the chrysalis opens to reveal a winged beauty is what makes the Butterfly House so thrilling. Monarch on butterfly weed - photograph by Kemp SavageDon’t Miss the Butterfly Festival on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10am to 4pm!Meet the butterflies

Butterfly HouseSponsored by: Capital Group Companies.




Incredible Edibles Final logo
Sponsored by Capital Group Companies

From our Garden to Yours

Back by Popular demand! Norfolk Botanical Garden is making a difference this summer in the community with Incredible Edibles! Let us inspire you. Learn about the benefits of edible landscaping. From balconies and patios to garden plots, sustainable gardening benefits both families and wildlife. The Garden will host activities, educational demonstrations, festivals, demonstrations gardens, free informational material, classes, tours and community partnerships.

Check out the design for our our NEW Potager Kitchen Garden
(pronunciation: po-ta-zhay)
We encourage guests to watch and learn as the Garden grows.

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Plant what works for you. Whether you have an acre of land for a large garden or you live in an apartment, planting edibles is a easier than you think.

Grow an edible garden in a bucket, pot, vertical container or use your creative side to turn something old into a new container space.shoe holder gardening

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attach and stroke. Some fruits and vegetables are known to protect against certain types of cancers, reduce boat plant containerrisk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and more!
Learn more from USDA about the nutritional benefits of your favorite fruits & vegetables.

Where  to find Incredible Edibles growing at Norfolk Botanical Garden: World of Wonders Children’s Garden,  Edible Landscape Demonstration Garden (handouts),  Colonial Herb Garden and the NEW Potager Kitchen Garden. Look for edibles at the front entrance and in containers placed throughout the incredible edibles


  • Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than a steak.
  • Tomatoes are actually fruit but legally classified as a vegetable.
  • Banana are cloned from one single plant in southeast Asia.
  • Apples give you more energy than coffee.  There’s more.



Virginia Grown is a division of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services promoting fresh, local products to consumers. Learn more (printable poster) about incredible vegetables grown right here in Virginia.





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Supported by a grant from the Gary Fund, Hampton Roads Community Foundationlogo Hampton Roads Community Foundation