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NBGWOW_150531_04.JPG: Something beautiful is coming here soon...
NBGWOW_150531_06.JPG: World of Wonders
A Children's Adventure Garden
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Wikipedia Description: Norfolk Botanical Garden
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The Norfolk Botanical Garden (155 acres) is a botanical garden with arboretum located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Virginia. It is open daily except major holidays; an admission fee is charged.
The gardens date to the mid-1930s, when the city of Norfolk set aside a 75 acres of high, wooded ground plus 75 acres of reservoir for a city garden. In 1938, under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant, more than 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site. By March 1939, some 4,000 azaleas, 2,000 rhododendrons, several thousand miscellaneous shrubs and trees, and 100 bushels of daffodils had been planted. In 1958 the Old Dominion Horticultural Society took over maintenance and changed the garden's name to Norfolk Botanical Garden. A number of gardens were added through the 1950s and 1960s, including a Japanese garden, desert plants garden, colonial garden and rose garden. The Norfolk Botanical Garden, also known as the Norfolk Azalea Garden, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today the grounds include numerous theme gardens, including:
* All-American Selections Display Garden - features All-America Selections (AAS) of new annual varieties.
* Annette Kagan Healing Garden - medicinal plants, stream, and pools.
* Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) - over 3,000 rose plants representing more than 430 varieties.
* Border Walk - traditional English-style border, with tulips, daffodils, pansies, as well as azaleas, hibiscus 'Diane', impatiens, petunias, and gomphrena.
* Bristow Butterfly Garden (2 acres) - a habitat for butterflies and moths.
* Colonial Herb Garden - American herb garden of the 1700s and 1800s, hedged with boxwood.
* Conifer Garden - dwarf and large conifers, including arborvitae, cryptomeria, False Cypress, juniper, and spruce.
* Fern Glade - numerous fern species.
* Flowering Aboretum (17.5 acres) - a collection of 336 flowering trees.
* Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow (1994) - more than 50 wildflower species and 10 species of grasses.
* Fragrance Garden (1963) - fragrance plants, including bayberry, fringetree, lavender, osmanthus, peppermint, wintersweet, and fragrant flowering bulbs.
* Hofheimer Camellia Garden (1992) - one of the region's largest camellia collection; more than 500 varieties. Predominant types are varieties of Camellia japonica and C. sasanqua.
* Holly Garden & Turner Sculpture Garden (1950s, 3 acres) - evergreen hollies in garden "rooms". The garden contains 121 varieties of hollies, including more than 20 types of American and Asiatic hollies and a dozen English hollies are grouped by geographic regions.
* Japanese Garden (1962) - created to honor Norfolk's sister city, Moji, Japan, and rededicated in 1962 to Kitakyushu, formerly Moji; redesigned and refurbished in 1995.
* Kaufman Hydrangea Garden - nearly 200 varieties of hydrangea and close relatives.
* Matson Garden (0.25 acres) - large sweeps of perennials and smaller mixed groups.
* Mirror Lake (1939) - lake with paved trail and small woodland trails.
* NATO Overlook - view of garden, with redwoods and blue atlas cedars; named in honor of the nearby NATO installation.
* Norfolk International Airport Overlook - detailed map of Norfolk International Airport with a description of how planes work. Visitors can monitor airport ground communications.
* Purity Garden - Cataldi's sculpture of Madonna and Child, with backdrop of camellias.
* Renaissance Garden (1994) - patterned upon Italian Renaissance gardens of the late 16th century, with vista, terraces, stone fences, statues of the seasons, and reflective pool and fountain.
* Rhododendron Glade - more than 175 azalea and rhododendron varieties.
* Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden (1 acre) - more than 200 varieties of perennials, in a formal setting with limestone fountain and canals.
* Statuary Vista - eleven, seven-foot heroic sized statues carved from Carrara marble by Sir Moses Jacob Ezekiel in Rome, 1879-1884, for William Wilson Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. These statues were originally designed to be set in second-story niches in the Corcoran Gallery, and depict notable artist (Rembrandt, Rubens, Canova, Phidias, Murillo, Durer, DaVinci, etc.).
* Sunken Garden (1963) - small pool with shade and sun plants.
* Tropical Garden - bananas, elephant ears, eucalyptus, gingers, etc.
* Virginia Native Plant Garden (6 acres) - four plant communities that once covered much of southeastern Virginia: bald cypress / tupelo swamp; bottomland hardwood forest; longleaf pine flatwoods; and Atlantic white cedar forest.
* Winter Garden - plants of winter interest.
* World of Wonders (3 acres) - for families and children.
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