The Eagle Tribute Plaza was created in honor of a pair of bald eagles that had been nesting in the nearby garden since 2003. The Eagle Cam was set up so people could view the bald eagles from around the world. Sadly, on October 15, 2011 the female eagle died as a result of being struck by an airplane arriving at Norfolk Airport. The plaza now displays a bronze eagle statue as a memorial to the female American bald eagle, built with the support of the Eagle Cam viewers. The Eagle Tribute Plaza is situated near the entrance to the Tropical Garden.
The Japanese Garden, created in 1962, displays plants such as the Japanese Live Oak, False Cypress, Flowering Cherry and the Japanese Red Maple. The garden was originally dedicated to Moji, Norfolk’s sister city in Japan, but was re-dedicated when Moji was renamed Kitakyushu in 1963. The Japanese Garden gives you a feel of traditional gardens in Japan, following the hill and pond style.
The symmetric terraces and elaborate balustrades of the Renaissance Garden were created in 1984. Modeled after the wide vistas and classic lines of the Italian Renaissance, this garden is one of the more ornate and classical of Norfolk Botanical Garden’s themed gardens. The Renaissance Garden also features a reflective pool, behind which the International Azalea Queen is usually crowned each year in April. Also located in the garden is one statue in each of the four corners of the upper level that represent the four seasons.
Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Sensory Garden is designed as a treat for visitors’ senses. Visitors are encouraged to explore the garden using sight, smell and touch to experience the many different herbs and perennials. When the weather heats up, the stimulating aroma of the plants fill the garden.
200 African American women and 20 African American men worked in harsh conditions to clear the way for Norfolk Botanical Garden back in 1938. The WPA Memorial Garden was created to honor those women and men. For four years, they worked through scorching heat and freezing cold, dealing with the likes of snakes, ticks and poison ivy to remove dense vegetation. Through long hours of hard work they were able to change a marsh into the Azalea Garden that represented the landscape architecture of the time.
The World of Wonders: A Children’s Adventure Garden consists of 3 acres of educational and hands-on exploration designed for kids. Children, and possibly parents too, should be aware that they may get wet in parts of the garden, as each section provides a different interactive experience or lesson.
The World Plaza is definitely one area of the WOW Children’s Adventure Garden that visitors should be prepared to get wet while exploring. Children can learn about the world’s oceans and other major bodies of water while being entertained by fountains, fog, bubbles and jet sprays. Note, however, that the fountains are turned off during the winter.
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