McIntire Botanical Garden has been designed to provide a place of resiliency, discovery , inclusion and healing.


The mission of MBG is to invite all community members and visitors to engage in nature, to educate and inspire through the beauty and importance of plants, to advance sustainability, and to promote human and environmental well-being.

The Garden is open!

A message from the Board and Staff

McIntire Botanical Garden Receives National Design Award

Announcement made during second Community Night also highlights recent donor gifts of $500K



Tours, fundraisers and events to keep you apprised of MBG’s progress

Lonicera sempervirens (Coral Honeysuckle) | Credit: Betty Truax Jefferson Chapter, VNPS


A serene and sustainable public landscape garden in Charlottesville’s McIntire Park where everyone can experience nature’s wonder, beauty, and healthful benefits. Click here to see a few exciting elements of our conceptual design plan.



WHEN: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Oct 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2 & 16

TIME: 10am – Noon (rain cancels)

LOCATION: The garden site is accessed from Melbourne Road near the intersection to the John Warner Parkway (across the street from the Charlottesville High School stadium). The gate will be open and there is parking available in the MBG field or on Melbourne Road.

Garden Guardians provide light maintenance around the garden. Join us this Fall and help create quiet places where people can talk or sit and observe nature. Tasks Include:

  • Pruning and weeding in the areas of the log benches
  • Pulling weeds in the woodland trails
  • Using small logs to better define the woodland trails

We do not have toilet facilities at the garden. Bring your mask and be prepared to socially distant. Also bring your own hand tools, gloves, water. We will not be sharing tools but have found that you should still mark them with your name in case they are misplaced. Tools:

  • Weeders / Hoes
  • Garden Trug to collect the weeds
  • Shovel / Spade / Metal Rake
  • Pruners

Let’s have some fun!

The site tends to be wet so please wear waterproof and sturdy footwear. Long pants are also advised.

Drop-Ins welcome but because of physical distancing, numbers are limited. Please let us know if you will be joining us by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator and indicate which day(s) you would like to attend.

A Message from MBG

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This is clearly an unsettling time. Our routines have been shattered and our ability to connect with each other severely curtailed. The importance of community has never been more pronounced. Our deepest hope is that you have the support of friends and family — even if virtually.

Please find some solace in exploring the outdoors. The Garden is open to you every day. You will see some exciting changes in the garden as we add areas to sit, relax and enjoy fresh air. You can find the garden site, accessing it from Melbourne Road near the intersection to the John Warner Parkway (across the street from the Charlottesville High School stadium). There is parking available on Melbourne Road.

Please take care and stay safe. We will see you all in the Garden soon.

Staff and Board of Directors
McIntire Botanical Garden

​McIntire Botanical Garden will be Central Virginia’s premier botanical garden and a showcase for the natural landscape of the Piedmont region.


The McIntire Botanical Garden will offer important educational opportunities to visitors of all ages through interpretive labeling, seasonal classes, symposia, and workshops held in the Garden. Regional residents and students will be encouraged to conduct research on-site.

The McIntire Botanical Garden will increase tourism to the region, create a beautiful venue for public events, and offer opportunities for physical activity. A growing body of research attests to the mental and physiological benefits of engaging with nature. The Garden will be an inspiring and beautiful green space where visitors can experience the restorative properties of nature amid the flora and natural environment of the Piedmont region.

Moreover, the Garden will have a significant positive impact on local ecosystems, by supporting pollinators, stabilizing soil, preserving water resources, and fostering the ecological character of the Virginia Piedmont.


Support Virginia’s botanical and horticultural heritage.


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