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Choosing the right Christmas tree with help from Norfolk Botanical Garden on Coast Live

You Can Dig it with Les Parks (on location at Eggelston Christmas tree farm)
November 30, 2017

NORFOLK, Va – When it comes to finding the right Christmas tree, there is more to consider than just how big it is.  Plus, you need to make sure you prepare and care for it right.

Les Parks from Norfolk Botanical Garden takes our Cheryl shopping for a tree to show her the right way to get the perfect tree. Watch Now.





Advice for planting bulbs and where to see the lighted kind on Coast Live

You Can Dig it with Les Parks 
October 27,2017

NORFOLK, Va – It’s bulb planting time. In order to have a colorful show of spring flowering bulbs, like daffodils and tulips, you need to get your bulbs in the ground between late October and the first of the year. Watch Now.


Growing the makings of beer in your garden and preparing for fall plants on Coast Live

You Can Dig it with Les Parks and Alex Cantwell
September 7, 2017

NORFOLK, Va – How to grow ingredients for home brewing, where to take your pup for a great walk and help hurricane pet victims, and what you should be doing in the garden to get ready for fall. Watch Now.



Bee-ing ready for the Honey Bee Festival means a visit from Norfolk Botanical Garden on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
August 10 11, 2017

NORFOLK Va – Did you know that 1 out of 3 bites of food we eat, are made possible because honeybees have pollinated the plant. Watch Now.



All-Natural Pest Control Tips on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
July 11, 2017

HAMPTON ROADS, Va – Les Parks from Norfolk Botanical Garden shows us how to fight off mosquitoes with some gardening advice and fills us in on the upcoming Butterfly Festival. Watch Now.


Learning to attract butterflies and where to see them on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
June 2, 2017

NORFOLK, Va – The Butterfly House at Norfolk Botanical Garden is open June 16-September 30, 2017. To get ready for the flying colors, we learn how to attract monarch & swallowtail butterflies in our garden or even with a container garden. Watch Now.


Expert tips for planting in your garden on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
May 9, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. – If you want your thumb a little greener, listen to the experts before planting.  Just in time for the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s big Spring Plant Sale, we talked with Les Parks about what plants work best in Coastal Virginia and how to give them a fighting chance to thrive in our landscape. Watch Now.



Norfolk Botanical Garden teaches us about history and planting azaleas on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
April 7, 2017

NORFOLK, Va. – Join Norfolk Botanical Garden for the 9th annual Works Progress Administration Garden Heritage Day Celebration on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00 am to noon. Admission is free from 9:00 am -Noon. Watch Now.


Gardening tips for small spaces and containers on Coast Live

You Can Dig It with Les Parks
March 10, 2017

NORFOLK, Va, – March is the time to get started with your vegetable garden.  Now is the time to plant the leafy veggies like lettuce, kale, arugula and broccoli. Watch Now.



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Norfolk 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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