Mission and Goals

Vision Statement

To celebrate Virginia’s botanical and horticultural heritage in evocative gardens and landscapes central to Charlottesville’s community that are enticing and educational year-round, and invite everyone to enjoy the splendor and complexity of our natural world.

Mission Statement

The mission of McIntire Botanical Garden is to cultivate a public garden that reflects the unique character of the Piedmont region while promoting knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of native and site adapted plants through display, education and research.


Display and Enjoyment

  • Design and implement, in partnership with the City of Charlottesville, a beautiful landscape garden and ancillary facilities on 8.5 acres in the eastern section of McIntire Park.
  • Display native and site adapted plants in designed and natural settings that complement the existing parkland and enhances the site’s topography.
  • Create spaces for gathering and garden observation/enjoyment for visitors of all ages.
  • Unite the garden through regionally appropriate architecture and landscape design.


  • Create a garden that is a place of discovery for all visitors through active and passive programs of interpretation and education.
  • Serve as an educational resource for all regional residents, public and private educational providers, and the City of Charlottesville, emphasizing the disciplines of horticulture, design and the natural sciences.
  • Provide educational and interpretive labeling of demonstration gardens, display gardens, and special exhibits throughout the garden using best available technology.
  • Present adult and children’s symposia, workshops, classes and other opportunities to explore horticulture and nature.

Stewardship and Conservation

  • Preserve and enhance the existing features of the site while designing and managing gardens that complement the natural character of the park.
  • Design and manage the site and its resources in a sustainable manner.
  • Design and manage the garden to enhance habitat value.
  • Implement a financial model that ensures sustainable funding.


  • Form an advisory committee of local scientists, allied academics and Board representatives to develop a research plan for the garden; enlist the advisory committee to foster and direct research objectives.
  • Establish partnerships with local and regional academic institutions to fund and direct research programs within the garden.
  • Assure that research programs are consistent with the mission.

Updated and approved by the McIntire Botanical Garden Board, August 30, 2016