January 3 & 4

During this event, there is no tram shuttle service. This is a walk only event…..with your furry canine. Even if you do not have a furry canine, you are welcome to walk and enjoy the lights.

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What are the days and hours of operation for Barks & Bulbs?
Entry into Barks & Bulbs is from 4pm to 8pm Friday, January 3rd, 2020 and Saturday, January 4, 2020. The display closes at 9pm.

Will I see the lights at 4pm?
Guests are welcome to enjoy the Garden’s 175 spectacular acres before it gets dark. As a bonus, avoid potentially long lines during peak visitation hours.

How much are tickets?
$18(not yet members)
$14(Garden members)
$10(children 3 to 17)
Children 2 & younger are Free.

$3 (fidos)

Garden Members receive a $1 discount on each fido ticket.

How do I get tickets?
When you purchase your date-specific tickets online, you will receive two emails. One is confirmation of your purchase. The second email will have a link to your e-ticket. You do not have to print out your e-ticket. We can scan your ticket right from your smartphone!

Do I have to purchase my ticket online?
We strongly encourage purchasing tickets in advance. Should our parking lot reach capacity, we will only allow those with pre- purchased tickets access to the display.

Do you have discounts?
Yes, for Garden members and Military.  Guest passes and reciprocal benefits are not accepted for this special event. There are no group discounts.

What if I can’t use my ticket?
Barks & Bulbs is a rain or shine event and will occur as scheduled in rainy conditions. Bring an umbrella and jacket! Tickets may not be refunded if the event is running as advertised. Cancellations will be announced on the Garden’s website as well as Facebook.

How long is the route for Barks & Bulbs?
The event route is more than 1 mile long. It is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility assistance devices. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis in our Visitor Center.

Where do I park for the Barks & Bulbs?
Follow the road to our main parking lot, where parking attendants will be more than happy to direct you.

Is food available? May I bring food from outside?
Though outside food is not permitted, our Marigold & Honey Cafe will provide a number of delicious snack and beverage options.

Will the Garden Gift Shop be open during the Barks & Bulbs?
Yes! Our Gift Shop located in the Baker Hall Visitor Center will be open until 8pm nightly.

Can I take pictures? What about selfie-sticks?
Yes, we encourage you to take photos. Visitors may also use monopods or selfie-sticks with care.

Am I allowed to smoke during the Barks & Bulbs?
The Garden is a nicotine-free environment.

Is there a limit to how many tickets I can purchase as a Garden Member?
Members are welcome to purchase as many tickets as they would like, however only 6 tickets will be discounted at the member rate.

Can I walk into the Garden from the Main Road to see the Barks & Bulbs?
Due to the safety of our guests, we will not allow guests to walk into the Garden from the main entrance road after 5pm.

Are there restrooms available?
Yes, our Visitor Center and Rose Garden Hall are open nightly until 9pm and there are 2 restroom buildings located along the route.


Before attending Barks & Bulbs with your dog, it’s important to understand what your dog tolerates and will enjoy. Barks & Bulbs may be stressful for some dogs because there may a lot of people, especially children, and other dogs in close proximity. Ask yourself:

  • How does my dog handle being in a new environment?
  • How does my dog react to close proximity to unfamiliar people and dogs of various sizes?


  • All dogs must be well-behaved; the Garden reserves the right to determine whether an owner and pet may be asked to leave, based on guest safety. Any dog displaying disruptive or aggressive behavior will be asked to leave.
  • All dogs must be leashed. An adult must maintain control of the dog’s leash at all times. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  • Please be cautious when your dog needs to go off the pathway to use the bathroom. There are runway lights on either side of the pathway that you will need to step over.
  • Owners are responsible for their dog’s waste. We will provide plastic bags if needed.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden is not responsible for any injury or illness. Each dog owner is responsible for his or her own dog. If your dog causes damage to any person or property, you are responsible.
  • Please ask before approaching or allowing your dog to approach an unfamiliar dog.
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