Once again, the forces of nature have hammered the Garden you so greatly love and enjoy. August 27 Hurricane Irene roared through the Garden destroying over a dozen large, mature trees, many smaller trees and leaving behind lots of debris. Here are some photos that give a small indication of the damage that occurred during the hurricane.
A large tree dropped across Statuary Vista, which features eleven seven-foot tall statues carved from Cararra marble by Sir Moses Ezekiel in Rome between 1879 and 1884.
The statue of Rembrandt shown in the picture to the right, has been toppled over and sustained damage to the base.
Other trees were lost in Enchanted Forest.
This storm, plus hurricanes over the past number of years including Bonnie, Floyd, and Isabel have combined to topple, snap and shatter nearly 1,000 large trees throughout the Garden. Ongoing losses like these, along with tough economic times, have made it very difficult to keep up with a regular tree replacement program. But you can help by making a donation of any size to our Tree Replacement Fund.
Select the Storm Damage and Tree Replacement Fund
Or mail checks to:
Norfolk Botanical Garden Society
6700 Azalea Garden Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23518
Attn: Storm Damage
On the bright side, despite the storm clean up, thius week we begin installation of our 17th annual Dominion Garden of Lights holiday display which includes an exciting new synchronized exhibit. For more information click here. Thank you for your support and well wishes.
Donald R. Buma