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Capture dig it logoNorfolk Botanical Garden shows us the right way to prune a crape myrtle on Coast Live

with Les Parks
(Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017)

NORFOLK, Va. – Every year, many people across coastal Virginia commit “crape murder.”  Watch Les Parks from Norfolk Botanical Garden who will show you the right way to prune a crape myrtle because chances are you’ve been doing it wrong.


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A taste of the tropics in Norfolk on Coast Live

with Les Parks

NORFOLK, Va. – Things are just starting to warm up again across he region. But there is one place where it never gets cold.  With exotic flowers and plants from across the globe, the Tropical House at Norfolk Botanical Garden is a little bit of paradise. And as the snow was building up outside, we got an inside look.  Watch now. Look for monthly horticulture segments on CoastLIVE.




holly-garden-snowNorfolk Botanical Garden is ready for – even looking forward to – a fresh crop of snow

By Dave Mayfield The Virginian-Pilot

So you’ve got a few trees, shrubs and flowers you’re worried about with this big snow approaching.

Big deal.

What if you were caring for more than 100,000 plants in 7,700 species or varieties?

That’s the collection that Brian O’Neill oversees as director of horticulture at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

On Thursday afternoon, he sounded as cool as the snowstorm headed toward Hampton Roads about the prospects for all those plants in the face of a winter storm.

“Generally, we like snow,” O’Neill said. “It’s a good thing.”

Snow acts like an insulating blanket against the cold, which O’Neill worries about more. And those snowflakes, when they melt, provide moisture – something that every plant needs.

Not that there aren’t a few things to worry about at the 175-acre garden.

If the snow is especially heavy and wet, it can stress the more brittle-branched shrubs and trees, like boxwoods and longleaf pines. There might be some snaps here and there. Read more……..

Norfolk Botanical Garden hops on the craft beer bandwagon
with its 53rd themed garden

By Elisha Sauers
The Virginian-Pilot


Down a path, past the roses and beside the French kitchen garden is a tribute to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.

In a matter of months, the Grain and Hop Garden, Norfolk Botanical Garden’s latest addition, has put its grip in the dirt. Three varieties of hops creep along its tented trellises, and the ground is laced with barley and aromatic herbs. Next year could see the planting of rye and oats.

 This Saturday the botanical garden will celebrate the new exhibit, its 53rd themed garden on 175 acres, with an event called Day of Beer & Roses. The beer-themed exhibit is a partnership with Ghent-based O’Connor Brewing Co., and representatives will teach visitors about the brewing process at the event. Read more…..



2016 has been a great year for Norfolk Botanical Garden. Below is a great article featuring the Garden’s President & CEO Michael Desplaines. August 13.

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