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Norfolk Botanical Garden was a very nice surprise

There are many specialty gardens such as for camellias (500  varieties), hydrangeas (200 ), rhododendrons (175 ) and flowering trees (336); a spring visit would have been ideal

There are many specialty gardens such as for camellias (500+ varieties), hydrangeas (200+), rhododendrons (175+) and flowering trees (336); a spring visit would have been ideal

The Japanese Garden was created in 1962 to honor Norfolk’s sister city, Kitakyushu; Japanese gardens allow us to slow down and recognize that Nature never makes an aesthetic mistake

The Japanese Garden was created in 1962 to honor Norfolk’s sister city, Kitakyushu; Japanese gardens allow us to slow down and recognize that Nature never makes an aesthetic mistake

The garden has 82 different species of crape myrtles and the only recognized collection of crape myrtles in North America; a pair of bald eagles nested here for years raising 19 eaglets

The garden has 82 different species of crape myrtles and the only recognized collection of crape myrtles in North America; a pair of bald eagles nested here for years raising 19 eaglets

This red hot poker is named Rocket's Red Glare which seems appropriate here close to where the nation got its start; the garden began in 1939 with 4000 azaleas, 2000 rhododendrons, thousands of miscellaneous shrubs and trees and 100 bushels of daffodils

This red hot poker is named Rocket's Red Glare which seems appropriate here close to where the nation got its start; the garden began in 1939 with 4000 azaleas, 2000 rhododendrons, thousands of miscellaneous shrubs and trees and 100 bushels of daffodils

The headquarters of Maersk Line, which manages the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels, is located here as is the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk; sea level rise is a real concern with an increase of 5.5 ft expected by 2100

The headquarters of Maersk Line, which manages the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels, is located here as is the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk; sea level rise is a real concern with an increase of 5.5 ft expected by 2100

Coastal Virginia's temperate climate with its mild winters and high humidity make it easy to grow coast redwoods here; considered the tallest trees on earth, they can also live 2000  years

Coastal Virginia's temperate climate with its mild winters and high humidity make it easy to grow coast redwoods here; considered the tallest trees on earth, they can also live 2000+ years

The Butterfly House was home to some of the 50  species native to the Tidewater area of Virginia (such as the Monarch); it is adjacent to a 2.5 acre butterfly garden planted especially to attract these pollinators

The Butterfly House was home to some of the 50+ species native to the Tidewater area of Virginia (such as the Monarch); it is adjacent to a 2.5 acre butterfly garden planted especially to attract these pollinators

The Cinco de Mayo rose is a seedling of Julia Child (the rose, not the chef); in 1938 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site for what would become these gardens

The Cinco de Mayo rose is a seedling of Julia Child (the rose, not the chef); in 1938 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site for what would become these gardens

Koos Knoopje, Anton Bakker, 2018; this figure 8 notch is named after the artist's mentor; the artist enjoys exploring the symmetries present in every aspect of our natural world

Koos Knoopje, Anton Bakker, 2018; this figure 8 notch is named after the artist's mentor; the artist enjoys exploring the symmetries present in every aspect of our natural world

The visitor's center had some stunning artwork by local artists (one of them was there for my visit); many of the watercolors were $1000  but this work featuring camellias was only $450

The visitor's center had some stunning artwork by local artists (one of them was there for my visit); many of the watercolors were $1000+ but this work featuring camellias was only $450

The Farmers, Peruko Ccopacatty, 1997; born on Lake Titicaca in the Andes of Peru, the artist is known for his themes of family, work, struggle and triumph, evolving sculpture and sculptor to the universal human drama

The Farmers, Peruko Ccopacatty, 1997; born on Lake Titicaca in the Andes of Peru, the artist is known for his themes of family, work, struggle and triumph, evolving sculpture and sculptor to the universal human drama

Hardy white gloxinia, native to Argentina and Uruguay, have sweetly fragrant blossoms that attract hummingbirds; the Garden is adjacent to the airport with the sound of planes a constant companion

Hardy white gloxinia, native to Argentina and Uruguay, have sweetly fragrant blossoms that attract hummingbirds; the Garden is adjacent to the airport with the sound of planes a constant companion

Most of the roses were past their prime but Strike It Rich looked fabulous; this rose has a spicy fragrance, loads of bloom and super-long elegant buds of gold polished with rosy pink

Most of the roses were past their prime but Strike It Rich looked fabulous; this rose has a spicy fragrance, loads of bloom and super-long elegant buds of gold polished with rosy pink

The NATO Tower is named in honor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which has its North American headquarters in Norfolk; admission is $15 and you could easily spend several hours here

The NATO Tower is named in honor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which has its North American headquarters in Norfolk; admission is $15 and you could easily spend several hours here

Wineberry Candy is one of the longest blooming daylilies and one of the first to bloom; the garden was a beautiful oasis in the larger Tidewater urban sprawl that is not a very attractive area

Wineberry Candy is one of the longest blooming daylilies and one of the first to bloom; the garden was a beautiful oasis in the larger Tidewater urban sprawl that is not a very attractive area

The quote on this sculpture reads - just the art of being kind is all this sad world needs; the population in Norfolk peaked in 1970 at 308,000 while today the population is about 242,000

The quote on this sculpture reads - just the art of being kind is all this sad world needs; the population in Norfolk peaked in 1970 at 308,000 while today the population is about 242,000

Defense contracting is the largest economic driver in the area with particular emphasis in the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses; also, Norfolk is the second busiest port on the east coast

Defense contracting is the largest economic driver in the area with particular emphasis in the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses; also, Norfolk is the second busiest port on the east coast

Tricia Nixon, daughter of the president, was crowned Azalea Queen here at the Renaissance Court in 1969; Norfolk is 44% white, 43% Black and 7% Hispanic

Tricia Nixon, daughter of the president, was crowned Azalea Queen here at the Renaissance Court in 1969; Norfolk is 44% white, 43% Black and 7% Hispanic

I felt so bad for this river otter and wish I had a wet wipe; Norfolk is the 3rd most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach and Chesapeake (Richmond is 5th behind Arlington)

I felt so bad for this river otter and wish I had a wet wipe; Norfolk is the 3rd most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach and Chesapeake (Richmond is 5th behind Arlington)

Most species were identified but there were plenty I was curious about that were not; the Friendship Pond was a quiet corner of the garden with camellias and hydrangeas

Most species were identified but there were plenty I was curious about that were not; the Friendship Pond was a quiet corner of the garden with camellias and hydrangeas

Zebra longwing butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators

Zebra longwing butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators

The Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow had 50  wildflower species and 10 species of grasses; famous Norfolk natives include Wayne Newton, Clarence Clemons and Plaxico Burress

The Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow had 50+ wildflower species and 10 species of grasses; famous Norfolk natives include Wayne Newton, Clarence Clemons and Plaxico Burress

Crape myrtles are often cut back, ostensibly to allow for new growth over the next season (referred to as crape murder), but the idea that only new growth bears flowers is false, though new growth does produce more flowers than established growth

Crape myrtles are often cut back, ostensibly to allow for new growth over the next season (referred to as crape murder), but the idea that only new growth bears flowers is false, though new growth does produce more flowers than established growth

The Kitchen Garden is just one of the 60  themed gardens at Virginia's largest botanical garden; the 250,000  plants here are visited by 400,000  guests annually

The Kitchen Garden is just one of the 60+ themed gardens at Virginia's largest botanical garden; the 250,000+ plants here are visited by 400,000+ guests annually

The Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) contains 3,000  rose plants representing 430  varieties; the 150 acre garden has a tram tour that takes about 25 minutes and has nine stops

The Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) contains 3,000+ rose plants representing 430+ varieties; the 150 acre garden has a tram tour that takes about 25 minutes and has nine stops

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