Get FUNKY at Norfolk Botanical Garden’s latest shindig – “Funky Fungi: Nature’s Curious Creations”! This sensational summer exhibit is your VIP pass to the magical realm of mushrooms and their eco-awesome importance. From June to September 2024, join the party and let the funky vibes guide you through a wild journey of mushroom madness. Become enchanted at the kaleidoscope of shapes, colors and superhero skills these fungi rock! Giant sculptures and mind-blowing info panels will spill the beans on the wild relationships between mushrooms and plants, the vital role of fungi in nutrient cycling and how they throw the raddest parties in ecosystems. Get ready to disco with the small but mighty superheroes of nature!

Call for artists

outdoor art

Have a fun FUNKY outdoor sculpture idea that would groove with our theme? See if your idea vibes and find how you can submit your idea.

indoor art

Help us make a FUNK-ifed hallway with mind-blowing art pieces hung up in our Education Hallway. Cover our Baker Hall Visitor Center in funky art.

Visitors will discover how mushrooms contribute to soil enrichment, water filtration, and even medical breakthroughs. “Funky Fungi” aims to inspire a deeper appreciation for these often-overlooked organisms and their significance in preserving biodiversity. It encourages visitors of all ages to connect with the wonders of nature and recognize the intricate web of life in which mushrooms play a pivotal part.

Garden staff and our community partners are working hard to create the “Sensational Seven Mushrooms” for our funky exhibit. Learn some fun facts about these seven mushrooms that are going to be placed within our Enchanted Forest this summer.

Amanita muscaria

Commonly known as the fly agaric, it’s an eye-catching and iconic mushroom characterized by its bright red cap adorned with white spots.

Armillaria tabescens

Commonly known as the ringless honey mushroom, is characterized by its honey-colored cap and lack of a ring on the stem.

Calvatia gigantea

Commonly known as the giant puffball, is an impressive species of fungus renowned for its enormous size and distinctive appearance.

Pseudocolus fusiformis

It belongs to the stinkhorn family and is characterized by its elongated, tentacle-like structures that emerge from a gelatinous egg-shaped structure.

Clavariaceae

Coral fungi encompass a diverse group of mushrooms characterized by their branching, coral-like structures.

Nidulariaceae

Commonly known as “bird’s nest fungi,” this fascinating genus of fungi are characterized by their unique appearance resembling tiny bird nests.

Laetiporus

Commonly known as the sulfur shelf or chicken of the woods, it’s a vibrant orange or yellow bracket fungus with a shelf-like appearance.

Mushrooms on the Menu

See what’s on the menu this Summer!

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A massive shoutout to our groovy sponsors who made Norfolk Botanical Garden’s “Funky Fungi” summer exhibit an absolute blast! Thanks to your generosity, our visitors experienced a fungi-fueled adventure and together we cultivated a summer of funk that will be remembered for spore-ever!

Directions to the Garden

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6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5337
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Next to Norfolk International Airport. Minutes from Downtown Norfolk and Virginia Beach.