Group Tours

Contact: Heather Fitzpatrick, Group and Corporate Sales Coordinator
Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23518
Telephone: (757) 441-5830 ext. 318     Fax: (757) 441-5837
E-mail: grouptours@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.


Group Tours

Groups must consist of 20 or more individuals to qualify for the Group Rate. Reservation form and deposit are required to confirm a tram and or boat tour. Please submit the “Group Tour Reservation Form” (available on our website or per request) either via email or fax. Balances are payable by cash, check or credit card and are due in full upon arrival.  A 15% cancellation fee applies for no-shows.

 Groups with less than 20 guests are welcome and do not require a reservation, however, general admission of $11 per person applies and includes amenities available to the general public. 

Tour 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

This is the perfect stop for a cafeteria-style lunch. Guests can dine while enjoying spectacular views from the terrace. The Café is open April 1 to October 15 from 10am-4pm to guests and members. Groups are encouraged to pre-order box lunches to avoid waiting. Please call for more information.

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

2013-14 Group Rates

Admission: $9 per person (group of 20+) - includes a guided tram tour highlighting seasonal blooms.

Boat tours: $150 fee reserves a guided boat tour highlighting the plants and wildlife around Lake Whitehurst. Reserve up to 23 seats on a private boat tour (2 boats available for groups-for a maximum of 46 seats). 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.

Garden of Lights – $10 per person: minimum of 25 people.  Admission includes a reserved tram tour through our spectacular light display.

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

 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.

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.

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 (Begins April 1): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall/Winter Hours (Begins October 16): 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.