Herbaceous Gardens at the State Arboretum of Virginia

Explore the gardens year round, every day, from dawn to dusk.

Image of the Herb Garden
The Herb Garden
The herb garden highlights perennials and shrubs grown for specific purposes such as flavor; fragrance; medicines; dyes; and industrial, cosmetic and household uses. Herbs are generally easy to grow, requiring full sun and well-drained soil.  Most are perennial coming back year after year.  Annuals and vegetables are added to the garden each summer.  The herb garden offers a unique experience to touch and smell the many textures and aromas these useful plants have to offer.

The Pollination Garden
The Pollination Garden

The Pollination Garden offers visitors a place to observe butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators visiting their favorite flowers.
Zoo Garden
The Zoo Garden

The Zoo Garden features plants with animal names.  You can learn fun facts about all your favorite animals even though our animals are actually plants!

Iris 'Celtic Glory', one of 80 bearded iris in the Walter Flory Memorial Iris Collection

Walter Flory Memorial Iris Collection features more than 80 award winning Iris donated to the Arboretum by the American Iris Society.  The garden is usually in full bloom around the first week of May.
The kiosk garden is planted with a small space vegetable garden.

Kiosk Annual Display Garden is producing cucumbers, squash and zucchini.  Tomatoes, peppers, and a tiny cantaloupe are coming on.  This garden shows how little space you need to grow your own vegetables.  There are also several varieties of herbs to cook with and colorful annuals to attract pollinators. 

Woodland phlox, one of the many beautiful plants in the Virginia Native Garden.

Virginia Native Garden showcases native species and cultivars of native species.  This garden was planted in 2010 as an example of how Virginia native plants can be used in more formal plantings such as the home landscape.

The Dwarf Conifer Collection in the Margaret Byrd Stimpson Amphitheater

Dwarf Conifer Collection features many species of conifers you may recognize like pine and spruce, only in small compact forms.  This collection is located in the Margaret Byrd Stimpson Amphitheater.

The Courtyard Garden at the Quarters Building

Due to the protection from wind the Quarters Building provides and the south facing beds, the courtyard offers a unique area to grow plants from Zone 8.

Daylily 'Mauna Loa' being visited by a Clouded Sulphur.
The Daylily Collection has been temporarily potted and moved to the shade house to recuperate from the deer damage its sustained in the last few years.  A new garden site with deer protection is being planned.