update: To our members and friends
A Letter from our President & CEO

Norfolk Botanical Garden is being affected by this health crisis just like the entire world is, including our staff. We have multiple staff out due to self quarantine or because they need to be home taking care of loved ones. In an effort to remain open but to not jeopardize the safety of our remaining staff.
Click here to read the entire letter from Michael P. Desplaines, President & CEO.


update: garden to remain open with additional limitations:


until further notice
We are taking a page from our partners at the Virginia State Parks by limiting our hours of operation and access to ALL Garden buildings including restrooms -limiting staff’s possible exposure.

Effective immediately the Garden is open Wednesday – Sunday from 9am to 5pm/Closed every Monday & Tuesday with all buildings and facilites closed.
A limited number of porta potties are available near the parking lot. 

The Garden is doing the best we can with limited staff and protective supplies. Your understanding is much appreciated.
*please bring your own hand sanitizer
-all educational program, events, rentals, and volunteer programs are canceled until further notice.

 We ask all visitors to respect social distancing guidance, and to please visit at a future date if they or a family member are sick.



The safety and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our highest priority. We are mindful of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are following federal, state and local recommendations. We are closely monitoring updates through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure we respond  promptly to the latest guidance.

Together, we can get through this

The Garden remains open, buildings closed to public, online membership/ admission ticketing required

As an outdoor venue with 175 acres of fresh air and space, the Garden remains open as a place of refuge during this time of increased concern. After careful deliberation,  adult education classes and youth programs have been canceled through the end of April.  

  • Our outdoor space remains open, but tickets & membership will only be sold via our online website.
  • Our new hands-free ticket and membership card scanning will be conducted at our garden entry gate.
  • By Purchasing online and using our new touchless scanning system we can minimize incidental personal contact and allow guests to enjoy the Garden’s vast open spaces.

Access to certain garden areas may be restricted due to volume of guests in any one area at a particular time. Tram service throughout the garden will also be suspended until further notice. The Art of Play interactive exhibit is temporarily closed.

We love our NBG family of visitors, volunteers and staff – health & safety is our number one priority.

We’ve always had high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. While we are taking all necessary precautions, we need your help to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.  We encourage you to get fresh air and use the Garden as a place to walk, jog, and connect with nature, but we ask that visitors be vigilant about social distancing.

We cannot sanitize benches, playground equipment, or other structures. Please use with caution and follow CDC guidelines.

Together, we can all do our part to stay healthy :

  • Please stay home if you are ill or think you may have been in contact with someone who was ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, your elbow or shoulder.
  • Avoid crowds, and minimize time spent in close contact with others. The likelihood of virus spreading is reduced with at least 6 feet of personal space.

If you’re feeling well, and haven’t been around anyone who has been ill, we invite you to join us for a respite in the open air.

We will continue to update this page and social media with the latest precautions to keep all of us healthy.

Garden closed Monday & Tuesday. Open Wed. - Sun. All public buildings & restrooms are closed. ONLINE TICKET SALES ONLY. Please practice social distancing.  Learn More