There are currently eight gardens at the West Virginia Botanic Garden at Tibbs Run Preserve, varying in both age and formality, scattered around the site. Most of the gardens are connected by the entrance road and the Reservoir Loop Trail.
How do I find the garden I’m looking for?
See the online visitor map, or stop at the information kiosk near the lower parking lot to pick up a printed version.
The Eclectic Garden features perennials and annuals that change from year to year. Nearby, you will find the foundation of the former reservoir caretaker’s house with interpretive signage. The Entrance Garden is located near the upper parking lot on Tyrone Road.
This colorful garden is in bloom spring through fall. Bright and fragrant flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. The Butterfly Garden is located in the field between the lower parking lot and the Reservoir Loop Trail. It is visible from the information kiosk.
Shade-loving shrubs and perennials flourish in this moist and intimate glade. Species include ferns, hosta, toad lily, mazus, and more. The Secret Garden is located just off the Reservoir Loop Trail, tucked between the Butterfly Garden and the Education and Event Center.
Begun in the fall of 2013, this garden features rhododendrons, azaleas, and other acid-loving soil plants. It was later enhanced with bulbs and herbaceous plants, adding texture, color, and bloom to the area. The Rhododendron Garden is at the lower end of the Hillside Trail.
In the open shade of this garden, small trees and shrubs provide structure along with accents of color with their seasonal blooms. Wildflowers and other perennials seem to light up the ground. The Shade Garden was the first garden planted in the reservoir basin.
The Long Walk is located between the entrance from Imperial East and the dam breach. It is part of the original impoundment that formed the Tibbs Reservoir. A significant amount of this garden’s funding has been gifted to the Garden to memorialize departed loved ones.
The Yagle Garden wraps around the Education and Event Center along both sides of the upper path. The funding was a gift from Karl and Pam Yagle. This garden is an example of a contemporary mixed perennial border and each week provides new color and texture.
Admission to the Garden is free, but donations are welcome.
A $5 donation per adult visitor is requested. Donations can be made on-site at the kiosk near the lower parking lot, or online.
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.