Group Tours

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

Norfolk Botanical Garden is a premier horticultural attraction located in coastal Virginia, is just 15 minutes from Virginia Beach,55 minutes from Williamsburg and miles beyond the ordinary. The Garden represents and oasis of more than 40 distinctly themed gardens encompassing 155 breathtaking acres. Bordered on three sides by picturesque Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk Botanical Garden offers tours by tram or boat and for guests interested in exploring, the Garden offers over 12 miles of paved walking trails. It also boasts some of the east coasts’ largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses, and rhododendrons. With so much to see and do, your nature loving groups will be thrilled to visit Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The Garden has a unique and rich history. Founded in 1938, it’s the only existing public Garden to be established through the federal government’s WPA program during the Great Depression. NBG’s WPA Memorial Garden honors the 220 African-American women and men who brought the Garden to life! Norfolk Botanical Garden is recognized as a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2015 Group Tour Options

Self-Guided Group Visits: Groups of 20 or more receive a discount on full-price admission to the Garden with advanced registration! Tour package includes admission, and narrated tram tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min 20) $9 per person

Dominion Garden of Lights Group Tram Tours: Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights Display was voted one of America’s top ten holiday light shows! Every year, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland. Groups of twenty or more individuals are invited to experience this spectacular display aboard one of our covered garden trams. Advanced reservations required. (Min 20) Reservations available November 30-December 17, 2015 and December28-31. Monday-Thursday: 7pm. Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm or 6pm. $10 per person

Private Boat Tours for Groups: Groups are invited to book a private boat tour highlighting the plants and wildlife through our Garden canals and around serene Lake Whitehurst with our friendly and knowledgeable garden guides.  Private Boat tours can accommodate up to 23 passengers.  Advanced reservations required. (Min 10/Max 23) 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 or click here for more information on our public boat tours. $185 per boat

Picnic Pavilion Reservations: Our covered picnic pavilion overlooking Lake Whitehurst is the ideal setting for groups interested in adding an informal group picnic or cook-out to their visit. The picnic Pavilion offers 10 picnic tables, charcoal grills, electricity, adjacent parking and convenient restrooms. Picnic Pavilion rentals are available to groups and the general public. Pavilion rental fees do not include Garden Admission. Half Day Rental $50 / Full Day Rental $100


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.

Dear Dandelions Café

The cafe offer a bistro style lunch and garden inspired menu Thursday-Sunday from 10am-3pm.

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.

Group Tour Options March-April 2016

Lanterns & Lunch Tour: Our exclusive Lantern and Lunch Tour is only available for a limited time and is ideal for large and small groups alike! Lanterns & Lunch Tour Package includes admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit, private LanternAsia Exhibit Tram Tour, bento-style boxed lunches and one hour rental of our Garden Picnic Pavilion. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min 10/Max 50).  Monday-Thursday 11am or 1pm. $35 per person

Behind the Screens Tour: Take a peek behind the screens of our LanternAsia Exhibit! This unique walking tour is ideal for groups ten-twenty individuals interested in learning more about the rich history of the lantern tradition and the unique construction of this one of a kind exhibit! Behind the Screens Tour Package includes admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and guided walking tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tours. Advanced reservations required. (Min 10/Max 20) Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm.  $25 per person

Self Guided Exhibit Tour: Groups of twenty or more individuals are encouraged to book a reservation to experience this spectacular exhibit! Self Guided Tour Package includes admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and LanternAsia Exhibit Tram Tour. Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit on their own after their scheduled tour. Advanced reservations required for groups of 20+. 9am-2:30pm daily. Monday-Thursday $15 per person Friday-Sunday $18 per person

Motor Coach Group Tours: Attention tour operators and group travel companies! Add LanternAsia at Norfolk Botanical Garden to your bus tour itinerary! Motor Coach Tour Packages include admission to the Garden and LanternAsia Exhibit and reserved LanternAsia Tram Tour. Advanced reservations required. (Min 20) 9:30am-2:30pm daily.   Monday-Thursday $15 per person Friday-Sunday $18 per person

Seasonal Garden Favorites

The Garden has something to offer year round!
January & February: The Tropical Display House fills with tropical beauties that delight the senses.
March:Hundreds of blooming daffodils fill the Garden; our camellia collection has been recognized as one of the best in the U.S.
April: April is Blooming Amazing! Our signature collection of azaleas comes to life and we celebrate all month with millions of blooms and acres of color.
May: The Garden boasts the most spectacular rose collection on the East Coast with more than 3,000 fragrant, colorful bushes creating a stunning vision across our three acre rose garden.
June: Our extensive hydrangea collection is filled with huge blue, pink,and purple blooms.
July: Crepe myrtles are Norfolk’s signature tree and the Garden holds one of the largest mature collections in the region.
August: Witness nature come to life and take flight in our Butterfly House Exhibit featuring hundreds of native butterflies. The adjacent Butterfly Garden is in full bloom attracting a wide variety of one of nature’s most delicate creatures.
September & October: The Enchanted Forest, Mirror Lake and Natural Areas are full of color and life boasting stunning fall foliage and a plethora of migratory birds.
November & December: Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights Display was voted one the top ten holiday light shows in the US! Every year, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland. Experience this spectacular display with more than two miles and millions of sparkling lights aboard one of our covered garden trams and do some holiday shopping at our lovely Garden Gift Shop.

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.

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.