Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at 6700 Azalea Garden Road, next to Norfolk International Airport. Open daily 9-7 in spring and summer; 9-5 the rest of the year. Admission fee.
Norfolk Botanical Garden is a large and beautiful retreat from the everyday world. 155 acres of gardens are surrounded on three sides by Lake Whitehurst, and water plays an important part in the scenery throughout the gardens. Canals divide the garden into three major sections and provide the boat tour (additional charge). Several water features and fountains add attractive sounds and movement. Mirror Lake and Friendship Pond complete the watery milieu.
You'll get a garden map at the entrance. There are miles of trails through the gardens and without a map you might miss something good. The excellent Japanese garden and the Turner sculpture garden are especially easy to miss if you don't know where to look.