Norfolk Botanical Garden
I just got back from the Southastern Palm Society meeting, which was hosted by the Norfolk Botanical Garden. How have I never heard of this place before!!??? This was one of the best botanical gardens I've visited, with lots of tropical and subtropical plantings, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how many palms they have planted there. The only downside was the traffic coming into town--route 64 was backed up for miles with people heading to Virginia Beach for the weekend. But otherwise it was well worth the trip (took me 6 hours coming from DC, but only 3 1/2 hours for the trip back!)--I would highly recommend visiting if you're ever in the area.