Group Tours

Contact: Jessica Hintz – Guest Services & Group Sales Coordinator
Telephone: (757) 441-5830 x311
Email:Jessica.Hintz@nbgs.org

Norfolk Botanical Garden, a premier horticulture attraction located in the heart of the Hampton Roads, is just 15 minutes from Virginia Beach and 55 minutes from Williamsburg, Virginia. With gardening ranked as one of the nation’s most popular leisure time activities, your group will delight in a garden-inspired tour. The Garden represents an oasis of more than 30 distinctly themed gardens encompassing 155 breath-taking acres. Bordered on three sides by the picturesque beauty of Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk Botanical Garden offers tours by foot, tram and boat. The Garden brilliantly features some of the East Coast’s largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons.

Spring 2015 Group Rates

Admission: $9 per person (group of 20+)

*Please note all pricing is subject to change prior to confirmed reservation. Contact Group Sales for most updated pricing.

Groups will receive personalized service from our expert and friendly staff.  You can also customize your visit with a complimentary narrated tram tour (advanced reservation required) or a private boat tour (additional cost).

Private Boat Tours: $175 fee reserves a guided boat tour highlighting the plants and wildlife around Lake Whitehurst. Private Boat tours can accommodate up to 23 passengers.  Guests can also purchase tickets individually for the public boat tour on a first come basis. See visitor center for public boat tour schedule and ticket pricing.

Please call or email our Group Tours Office to book your reservation today.

Ample on-site motor-coach and bus parking is available.

Children’s Group Tours

Our education department has many specialized tours available for youth and children’s groups. Please visit our school programs page for more information.


Attention Private Tour Company Operators

We offer 25-minute reserved, guided tram tours highlighting the Garden’s 155 acres and 35 minute guided boat tours through our canals and Lake Whitehurst. For the annual light display, Garden of Lights, your group will enjoy an unparalleled experience as they ride our tram through 2 ½ miles and more than a million twinkling lights.

*Please make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance to secure tram and boats.

Garden Café

The cafe is under renovation and is currently closed. Exciting updates and new menu coming soon!

Garden Gift Shop

Even the locals love our Gift Shop, stocked with a wide array of unique gift items. Favorites are pottery, specialty food items, unusual souvenirs and gardening books

LanternAsia

Coming Spring 2016!

In spring 2016, Norfolk Botanical Garden will transform the garden’s landscape with LanternAsia Art by day, Magic by night.  Colossal works of art will mesmerize guests of all ages. An ancient tradition, which began more than 2,000 years ago in china, has traveled to Beijing, Sydney, and Rotterdam, and soon this magnificent lantern exhibit will leave guests awestruck in Virginia for the first time – Ever!

Witness 25 magical illuminating works of art crafted from silk, steel with traditional Chinese themes that include nature, wildlife, folklore and structures that replica those found in China.  The highly detailed workmanship of these Chinese craftsman artisans will leave you breathless.

This exhibit, rich in history, dates back  to the Han Dynasty.  It is the largest of its kind and will only happen at Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Admission: $15 per person (group of 20+)

Groups visiting during LanternAsia will receive admission to the Garden and the Lantern Festival Display! Group tour reservations are available between 9 AM and 2 PM daily for $15 per person. Advanced reservation required. Membership discounts do not apply to group tours.

As always, groups will also receive personalized service from our expert and friendly staff.  You can also customize your visit with a complimentary narrated tram tour (advanced reservation required) or a private boat tour (additional cost).

Please call or email our Group Tours Office to book your reservation today.

Ample on-site motor-coach and bus parking is available.

Garden Favorites

The Garden is beautiful in any season, but here are the “don’t miss” things to see:

  • February: The Tropical Display House is filled with tropical beauties that delight the senses.
  • March: Hundreds of blooming daffodils fill the Garden in early spring. Our camellia collection has been nationally recognized as one of the best in the United States.
  • April: A signature collection of azaleas comes to life during April. Don’t miss the time when more than a quarter of a million blooming azaleas make the Garden a “must see.”
  • May: The Garden boasts the most spectacular rose collection on the East Coast with more than 3,000 fragrant, colorful rosebushes creating a dramatic presence within the three-acre rose garden.
  • June: The nationally recognized hydrangea collection is filled with blue, pink and even purple-flowering hydrangeas.
  • July: Crepe myrtles are the signature tree for the City of Norfolk. The Garden holds one of the largest mature collections in the region.
  • August: See nature blossom and take flight in the Butterfly Garden. Hundreds of colorful plants attract a wide variety of one of nature’s most delicate creatures.
  • September / October: The Meadow and Natural Areas are beautiful with stunning seasonal colors, fall foliage and migratory birds.
  • November / December: Experience the magic of the Garden on a 2 1/2 -mile tour through Garden of Lights – our annual light display featuring a million lights. Or, visit during the day and add the “Yuletide Ride” tram tour to your schedule. This narrated tram tour takes your group through the Garden at the peak of its winter beauty.

Accessibility

Trams, garden pathways, picnic shelters, buildings and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available at the Guest Services Desk on a first come basis.

Location

Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road adjacent to the Norfolk International Airport. From Williamsburg, follow I-64 to Exit 279, turn left on Azalea Garden Road from Norview Avenue. From Virginia Beach, take I-264 to I-64 (Richmond) to Exit 279 B.Turn left on Azalea Garden Road from Norview Avenue. The Garden entrance is on the right. Drivers will receive instructions at the tollbooth. Free parking for motorcoaches is adjacent to Baker Hall Visitor Center.

Hours of Operation

Spring/Summer Hours (April 1  – October 15): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall/Winter Hours (October 16 – March 31): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Area Attractions

Enjoy all that Hampton Roads has to offer with its white sandy beaches, year-round waterfront festivals, nationally-acclaimed museums, and historical attractions. Combine your Garden visit with any of the following area attractions: Busch Gardens Europe, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Chrysler Museum, Virginia Zoo or the Virginia Aquarium.

 Group Tour Refund Policy

All tours will be held rain or shine.  There are no refunds for inclement weather.

-Cancellations 5 or more days prior to the reservation date: refund, less 20% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations less than 5 days prior to the reservation date: No Refund.

-Programs cancelled by the garden due to closings will be refunded in full.  In the case of cancellations due to closings, every attempt will be made to contact group tour coordinators by phone or email.