Outdoor Exhibits

The Garden hosts special outdoor exhibits each summer. The outdoor setting provides a beautiful location for large scale exhibits that are thoughtful and interactive. 2015 is no exception. Check out our Great Frame Up exhibition, a partnership with the Chrysler Museum & Incredible Edibles with our New Potager Kitchen Garden.

Want to see yourself or your photo on TV?

Now is your chance to FRAME UP your photos at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Look for 20 frames placed throughout the NBG landscape. Find one or take a scavenger hunt to find them all. Take a selfie, a group photo or a Garden beauty shot FRAMED UP.  Share your masterpiece using the hashgtag #norfolkblooms. Tagged photos will appear at the Chrysler Museum of Art as part of the exhibition The Artist’s Garden.  Use your favorite social media site with the above hashtag and share with the world! (see below photo policy agreement)

The Garden has partnered with the Chrysler Museum of Art for their exhibit The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920.  The Garden will temporarily move into the Community Gallery space to share the beauty of the Garden with the Museum’s visitors. Look for the space to feature live plants, story boards with historical information, the Garden Club – WPA painting by artist, Maizelle, a TV monitor with photos from “The Great Frame Up” and more!

Visit Norfolk Botanical Garden, FRAME UP and go to the Chrysler Museum of Art to see if you are the artist in the Garden!

Great Frame Up

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Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art for more paintings like the above painting by
Phillip Leslie Hale – The Crimson Rambler

 The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement.

**By using the hashtag #norfolkblooms, you are giving permission to Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Chrysler Museum of Art to use your Framed photo and its contents to display on TV monitors in the Community Gallery space and for future marketing materials and publications.


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Sponsored by Capital Group Companies

From our Garden to Yours

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
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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 ChooseMyPLate.gov 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 Garden.website 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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