The Garden has a robust collection of art  that dates back to the 1950s. Pieces From the Moses Ezekiel famous artists statues, created in the 1800s,  situated in the picturesque Statuary Vista to the more modern contemporary pieces. Explore our diverse collection of Art in the Garden reflecting different time periods and style – something for everyone.

Moses Ezekiel Collection in Statuary Vista

Statuary Vista features eleven, seven-foot tall statues carved from Cararra marble by Moses Ezekiel in Rome between 1879 and 1884 for William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. These statues were originally designed to be set in second-story niches in the Corcoran Gallery. They depict notable painters and sculptors: Antonio Canova, Thomas Crawford, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, Bartolome Murillo, Phidias, Raphael, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian. The majority of the statues were donated to the Garden in 1962 and 1963 by Richmond residents Bruce Dunstan and Vincent Speranza.

A capital campaign that began in 2013 raised $500,000 needed to restore, preserve and present the Ezekiel sculptures and to provide for their perpetual maintenance. The Moses Ezekiel Statuary Vista Garden was rededicated in October, 2016.

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Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Antonio Canova

William Crawford

Leonardo da Vinci

Albrecht Dürer

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Phidias

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael)

Rembrandt van Rijn

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Tiziano Vecelli (Titian)

Turner Sculpture Collection

Virginia natives William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father and son, share a talent for capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. NBG displays several of their works with the majority located in the Holly Garden, a 3-acre display of evergreen hollies set in garden “rooms.” Other locations include Eagle Plaza, along the canal and inside Rose Garden Hall.

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Bullfrog II

Artist: David H. Turner

For Patrick A. Sieracki, From parents Jennifer Sieracki & Walter Roe,
Dedicated September 7, 2000

Canada Goose

Artist: David H. Turner

Sitting Pelican

Artist: David H. Turner

In Loving Memory of “Mrs. Z” Geraldine H. Zeisberg

Kingfishers

Artist: William H. Turner

Meredith and Elaine Hutto, September 7, 2000

Standing River Otter

Artist: David H. Turner

Given By Page & Claiborne Fitchett, June 2000

Large Mouth Bass

Artist: David H. Turner

In Honor of The Garden Club of Norfolk & The Virginia Beach Garden Club

Given by Mr. & Mrs. Corydon M. Baylor, Jr.

Spring Break (Duck with Ducklings)

Artist: William H. Turner

Bald Eagle

Artist: William H. Turner

Located in Holly Garden

Preening Heron

Artist: Willam H. Turner

Located in Rose Garden Hall

Hunter Herons

Artists: David H. Turner and William H. Turner

Located alongside canal

A Gift in Honor of Hunter H. Savage from her Family, October 19, 1966

Bald Eagle for Eagle Plaza

Artist: David H. Turner

This plaza pays tribute to the female eagle who was killed in 2011 after colliding with an aircraft. The female and her mate returned annually to raise 19 eaglets before the tragic accident. The plaza was made possible by generous donations from eagle fans worldwide. It was established to recognize the eagle’s life and contribution to environmental education.

Butterfly Topiaries

Designed and Created by Colonial Welding and Fabrication, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia

Located in the Bristow Butterfly Garden

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The Four Seasons

Eiar - Goddess of Spring

Statues were acquired by Amedeo Voltejo Obici (1877-1947)

Theros - Goddess of Summer

Statues were acquired by Amedeo Voltejo Obici (1877-1947)

Autumnus - Goddess of Fall

Statues were acquired by Amedeo Voltejo Obici (1877-1947)

Craig Mitchell Smith Collection

The Gift

Located outside Rose Garden Hall entrance doors.

Windswept Pine

Located in the Sensory Garden in front of Education Complex entrance.

Virginia (Cardinal on Tree)

Located inside lobby of Baker Hall Visitor Center.

Reflections in Nature

Located in the Reflection Garden

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Individual Sculptures

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Mermaid

Artist: Georgia Mason

American Eagle

Artist: unknown

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dunstan, In memory of his father Samuel B. Dunstan, 1962

St. Francis

Artist: Eleanor M. Melton

Located between Renaissance Court and the Border Garden.

Madonna and Child

Artist: Amleto Cataldi (1882-1930), located in the Purity Garden

Gift of Mrs. Eleonora C. Lutz

Presented and Maintained by the Lochhaven Garden Club, Norfolk, Virginia

Flower Clay Sculptures

Artist: Barbara Kobylinska, located in the Sensory Garden

Breaking Ground

Artist: Kathleen Farrell

Located in the WPA Memorial Garden

Cubic Lattice

Artist: Anton Bakker

Located next to Baker Overlook

Ancient Witness

Concrete Faux Bois sculpted by Diane Husson, 2016

Located in the Conservatory

Snapper

Artist: Jean Owen

Located the Figure Eight Garden

This terracotta sculpture was the first piece of statuary acquired by Fred Heutte for the Garden.

The Farmers

Artist: Ccopacatty

Dancing Girls

Artist: Mario Korbel

Intertwined

Artist: Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector

Located at entrance at Azalea Garden Road

“Intertwined” is a 20′ tall stainless steel sculpture by Mark Grieve & Ilana Spector of  Petaluma, CA comprised of three entwined common garden forms arranged in a contemporary, joyous composition.  A familiar common tool shape ties together the many themes of Norfolk Botanical Garden – the seasons, botany, community, pruning, planting & a connection to the land, history & men & women of the WPA.  Organic forms connect in an illogical order harmonizing the garden site creating a conceptual intersection related to the man-made & natural rhythms of the garden.

Indoor Collections and Exhibits

Indoor exhibits are on display year round in the Baker Hall Visitor Center. Rotating exhibits of painting, photography and other media highlight the beauty of the natural world. Additional temporary exhibits may be seen in the Education Complex hallway.

Painting titled "Garden Club - WPA" by Maizelle

Garden Club – WPA

This life-size painting Garden Club – WPA was created by award-winning Norfolk artist Maizelle and has been showcased at the Chrysler Museum of Art. It pays tribute to the 220 African American women and men, who, as part of a depression era Works Progress Administration project, transformed swampland into the beautiful Garden we know today. The Garden is seeking donations to acquire the painting for the Garden’s permanent art collection for future generations to enjoy.