ATTENTION MON COUNTY RESIDENTS: Renewing the Mon County Parks and Recreation Levy will make an enormous impact on the WVBG. A new Welcome Center and additional parking can be created for your enjoyment, but only with your YES vote.

A Hidden Gem near Morgantown, WV
Nestled between Morgantown and Cheat Lake, the West Virginia Botanic Garden provides an oasis from city life with over 4 miles of trails through shaded hemlock and hardwood forest, crossing streams and circling the wetlands of the old Tibbs Run Reservoir and an ever-growing collection of gardens.
Summer Nature Camp

Each summer since 2011, the West Virginia Botanic Garden has offered Summer Nature Camp, and the program continues to grow! This year, summer camps begin on June 8th and run through July 24th. All camps are one week long. Check back often, these popular programs fill up very quickly!

A Season of Good Taste

Enjoy a series of farm to table dinners featuring local chefs while overlooking the gardens.  The 2020 schedule has just been announced.  Tickets to these popular dinners sell out quickly, reserve your seats today!

Annual Garden Party

Tall Oaks from Small Acorns

August 16 ,2020 

Enjoy regional fare at our annual fundraising dinner.  Bid on auction items from a number of local businesses, and help support the Garden’s growth!

Educational Programming

All year round, the West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve offers a wide range of educational walks, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops.

The schedule is updated each season, and many are free to Garden members.

The WVBG has canceled all public programs through May 31 as a proactive measure for public safety.  The Garden currently remains open and can be a wonderful place to find peace and beauty in these uncertain times.  Please maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and anyone that does not live in your household while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

We are working to reschedule programs where possible and will continue to evaluate the situation and make necessary changes as we move forward.  Please stay connected to us online through our website and social media for updates and direct any questions to

EFFECTIVE MARCH 23:  On-site restroom facilities will be CLOSED until further notice.  Please plan your visit accordingly.



Miles of Trails

20 Years Ago

This land became our home.

There was no road into the basin, no utilities – just a few dirt paths to get around the site.

Thanks to countless hours of hard work

by dedicated volunteers, grassroots fundraising efforts, and the continued financial support of our members,

We have grown into the organization we are today.

We now have nine gardens, over four miles of trails and an Education and Event Center

This year, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Come celebrate with us.



We could not have done it without you.


Our Mission

The West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve seeks to foster learning, inspiration, and well-being through the beauty and wonder of plants, the natural environment, and culturally enriching experiences.

Our History

Begun as only a dream in 2000, the WVBG is steadily becoming a reality thanks to dedicated volunteers and members.  Learn more about the history of the Garden.

Working Together

Our Garden continues to grow through the concerted efforts of volunteers, staff, and board members.  Lend a helping hand and join us on this journey!


Future Plans

In 2016, the Garden had the pleasure of working with Oasis Design Group of Baltimore to develop a master plan that will shape the future growth of our Garden.

How do I find my way around the Garden?

There are printed maps available in the information kiosk near the lower parking lot.  The older trails are also visible on Google Maps and the West Virginia Trail Inventory.

What's happening at the Garden?

There are a variety of educational and recreational programs at the West Virginia Botanic Garden year-round.  See if they coincide with your visit to the Garden. (Pre-registration is strongly suggested for all programs, and required for many. Read program descriptions for details.)

Is the West Virginia Botanic Garden family friendly?

That would be a resounding ‘Yes!’  The West Virginia Botanic Garden offers many children’s programs throughout the year including educational workshops, camps, festivals and more!

Are you looking for answers?

Chances are someone else has asked the same question.  Check out our FAQs for more details about our organization and property.

Meditation Garden

  The Meditation Garden is a quiet place to relax and regroup in the cool shade of the hemlock forest. Mossy...

Secret Garden

  Shade-loving shrubs and perennials such as ferns, hosta, toad lily, and mazus flourish in this moist and...

Butterfly Garden

  This colorful garden is in bloom spring through fall.  Bright and fragrant flowers attract butterflies and...

Entrance Garden

  The Entrance Garden features perennials and annuals that change from year to year.  Nearby, you will find the...

Yagle Garden

  The Yagle Garden wraps around the Education and Event Center and borders both sides of the upper path. The...

The Long Walk

The Long Walk is located between the entrance from Imperial East and the dam breach. This is the only area of the...

Rhododendron Garden

  Begun in the fall of 2013, this garden features rhododendrons, azaleas, and other acid-loving soil plants.  It...

Planning Underway for our Children’s Adventure Garden!

Children's Adventure Garden conceptual design. Drawing by Phil Cole. During last year’s Board of Director’s Retreat,...

Hammock Haven

  Take a rest in the shade on one of our red hammocks, while enjoying the sculptures of local artist Michael...

George W. Longenecker Shade Garden

In the open shade of this garden, carefully placed small trees and shrubs provide structure along with accents of...

Far Side Trail

  Originating at the diversion dam follow the blazes to a creek crossing downstream from the dam.  The rocks in...

Hillside Trail

  Created in 2016, the Hillside Trail begins on the left side of the road just beyond the main gate of the upper...

Pond View Trail

  This short loop takes visitors from the Reservoir Loop Trail, through the alder grove and down to an intimate...

Tibbs Crossing Trail

  Hiking past the diversion dam on the Forest Trail a sign directs the walker to the lower end of the Tibbs...

Wetland Loop Trail

  The Wetland Loop Trail can be accessed from the Forest Trail to the left of the wooden bridge or from the...

Reservoir Loop Trail

  The Reservoir Loop Trail encircles the entire reservoir basin, is ADA accessible from the Education and Event...

Forest Trail

  This trail is central to the other woodland loop trails. The Forest Trail is just a few paces from the wooden...

Noah’s Trail

  Each end of this rolling woodland trail connects with the Far Side Trail.  It is heavily forested with little...

Admission to the Garden is free, but donations are welcome.

The West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve is a non-profit organization.  Help us continue to provide programs and free access to the community. Donations can be made on-site at the kiosk near the lower parking lot, or in the upstairs of the Education and Event Center if it is open.  Donations can also be made online.

Host your next event at the West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve

Let the Gardens provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, or retirement party.  Our Education & Event Center, Event Lawn and other areas of the Garden are available for rental.

Have your next meeting at our Event and Education Center

Host your next meeting in the Great Room or have your next presentation in our Education Center.

Thank You to our Business Partners

for their continued support of the Garden


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Contact Us

Phone: 304-322-2093 Mailing Address: 714 Venture Drive, PMB 121, Morgantown, WV 26508

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