Outdoor Venues

Beautiful in every season, the Garden provides a colorful landscape for life’s most special occasions. Whether it is the wedding of your dreams among the roses or a family reunion picnic on the lake, the Garden is the perfect backdrop.

Perched on the banks of the picturesque Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk Botanical Garden encompasses 175 breathtaking acres. This oasis of more than 50 themed gardens offers many exquisite landscapes that create the perfect ambiance for the event of your dreams. Our dedicated staff stands ready to assist you with selecting the best site to fit your needs and help you coordinate a memorable event.

For more information, or to schedule a venue tour, please contact the Weddings & Special Events Sales Team, GroupSales@nbgs.orgWeddings@nbgs.org or call 1(757)441-5830 Ext. 320.

Baker Overlook



This beautiful, shady spot offers a two-tier deck and gazebo.

Bicentennial Rose Garden

Jen & Dan RG
With over 3000 rose bushes representing 400+ varieties of roses, this nationally recognized collection is one of the largest on the East Coast. Accommodates 240 guests.


Bristow Butterfly Garden



This 2-acre butterfly sanctuary contains lush borders, shady trees and a lakeside gazebo. Accommodates 150 guests.

Mayor’s Row

Last Bison 5.19.13 DK (54)


Expansive 4-acre field adjacent to the main parking provides versatile space for large events.


Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter 1


Perfect for an informal gathering. Accommodates 80 guests.

Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden



Central fountain surrounded by spectacular borders with hundreds of showy shrubs, annuals and perennials. Accommodates 80 guests.


Renaissance Court



Inspired by formal Italian Gardens of the Renaissance period, this tiered Garden surrounded by majestic trees and facing a reflecting pool is our most popular spot for weddings.

Statuary Vista

Statuary Vista


Overlooking Lake Whitehurst, this beautiful allee creates a path directly to stone steps and a beautiful wrought iron gate. It is bordered by spectacular beds containing an historic collection of marble statuary. Accommodates 100 guests.




** Outdoor events are at the mercy of the elements. Consider these variables when planning any outdoor event and be sure to include a provision for inclement weather. Please contact the Wedding Office to discuss options for a backup rain plan.