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.
Annual Garden Party

August 4 – 16, 2020

Our first virtual garden party was a huge success!  We would like to thank everyone who dparticipated.

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.

Summer Nature Camp

Each summer since 2011, the West Virginia Botanic Garden has offered Summer Nature Camp, and the program continues to grow! Registration typically opens in March.  Register early for the best selection, spots fill up quickly!

We are pleased to announce that public programs resumed at the Garden on June 7.  Please see the events calendar for updated program dates and registration.  Program sizes will be limited, and pre-registration is required.

The Garden has remained open throughout this crisis 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.

EFFECTIVE June 8:  On-site restroom facilities will be OPEN Monday through Friday and on weekends as volunteers are available to help with increased cleaning requirements.  Please be prepared for weekend restroom closures.  If you would like to help us keep the facilities open on weekends, volunteer today!



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.

Thank you for voting yes to the renewal of the Mon County Parks and Recreation Levy, which passed during last week’s election with approximately 79% of the vote!  These funds will make an enormous impact on the WVBG, allowing us to enhance your visiting experience even further. We sincerely appreciate your vote! 

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.

Secret Garden

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

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,...

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...

Meditation Garden

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

Butterfly Garden

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

Hammock Haven

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

Entrance Garden

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

George W. Longenecker Shade Garden

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

Rhododendron Garden

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

Yagle Garden

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

Reservoir Loop Trail

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

Wetland Loop Trail

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

Far Side Trail

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

Pond View Trail

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

Mine Pit Trail (formerly Noah’s Trail)

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

Hillside Trail

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

Forest Trail

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

Tibbs Crossing Trail

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

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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