Frequently Asked Questions about WVBG

1.        When is the Garden open for visitors? You may park in the upper parking lot and enjoy the Garden from dawn to dusk. The lower parking lot is generally open on pleasant summer weekends on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also during special programs or events. Admission is free!

2.       How large is the site? The entire site is 85 wooded acres. This includes all of the areas encompassed by the gravel walkway as well as the forested area. The former Tibbs Run Reservoir, early water supply for Morgantown, was located in the basin now encircled by the Reservoir Loop Trail.

3.         Who owns the WVBG? The West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The organization leases the property from the City of Morgantown and is responsible for management of the property. The organization sometimes receives some funding from the City of Morgantown and the Monongalia County Commission, but relies heavily on public contributions. Donation boxes are located at the kiosk in the lower parking lot and inside the Welcome Center. Donations can also be made online at wvbg.org.

4.     How many trails are there, and how long are they? There are 5 marked trails, each less than a mile long, and a wetland boardwalk. All are loop trails and connect to other trails, enabling you to make your walk as long or short as you would like. The Reservoir Loop Trail is 3⁄4 mile, gravel, and universally accessible. There are also several smaller gravel trails that pass gardens and connect to the Reservoir Loop Trail on the parking lot side of the reservoir. The other four trails are in the forest on the far side of the reservoir. Please see the WVBG map and guide. Two new trails were added in 2017. The Hillside trail goes from the upper parking lot down behind the Welcome Center where it connects with trails to the Shade and Rhododendron Gardens, and Noah’s trail, which is on the far side of Tibbs Run. These are now marked on the new map and guide.

5.         What are the gun shots that I am hearing? The Mason Dixon Rifle Club is adjacent to the WVBG property on the Wetland/Boardwalk side. The targets are in the opposite direction of the Garden and there is no risk of stray bullets. During hunting season, people do hunt on properties surrounding the WVBG. Be sure to stay on designated blazed trails at all times.

6.         Can I bring my dog here? Dogs are allowed on a leash and must be under your control at all  times. Please be courteous to others and pick-up pet waste. Dog Waste Stations are being donated and will be installed soon.

7.         Can I picnic here? You are welcome to have a picnic here, but we currently do not have picnic facilities. There are no tables, shelters, or trash receptacles. Please take trash out with you. There are two bathrooms on the lower level of the Welcome Center.

8.         Can I have my wedding here? Yes. Please contact the WVBG staff at 304-322-2093 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.v nj

9.         Can I have professional photos taken here? Yes, this is a beautiful place to have photos taken as long as this does not interfere with other scheduled Garden events. If your photographer wants to visit the site or set-up, please contact the WVBG staff at 304-322-2093 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

10.      Can I ride my bike here? No, the trails are only for walking, running, or cross-country skiing when the Reservoir Loop Trail is sufficiently covered in snow.

11.      Can I push a stroller here? Yes, you may push a stroller on the gravel paths. Please leave enough room on the path for others to pass by. Some wheelchairs may handle the Reservoir Loop Trail satisfactorily.

12.      Can I hunt, fish, or collect plants here? No. A controlled hunt occurs in late September to regulate the local deer population. Please contact WVBG staff at 304-322-2093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

13.      How can I help this Garden grow? Volunteers make this garden grow. Complete an online application at our website, wvbg.org. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations can be made online or in the donation boxes at the lower parking lot kiosk or inside the Welcome Center.

14.      Can I bring an organization or group here for a tour? Absolutely, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make arrangements for this visit.

15.      Can I use the Welcome Center for meetings? Yes, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 304-322-2093 for more information.

16.      What is the bird sculpture near the Butterfly Garden? Sylvia is a red tailed hawk eco- sculpture created in 2014 by Ben Gazsi, a previous student at WVU, who has also created some sculptures for Cooper’s Rock State Park. To learn more about him visit his website: http:// liveseasoned.com/creative-corner-artist-benjamin-gazsi/. Silvia is an Italian female given name of Latin origin, with English-language cognate Sylvia. The name originates from the Latin word for forest, Silva, and its meaning is spirit of the wood.

17.      What are the metal sculptures near the Rhododendron Garden? A queen bee, a caterpillar, a butterfly, and a lady bug were created by Michael Loop for the Hammock Haven fundraising event in 2016. He is the Museum Preparatory at WVU Museum of Art. Learn more about him:  http://www.michaelloop.com/about/.

18.      Who created the old man in the tree along the Reservoir Loop Trail near the Wetlands? George Longenecker, a founding father of the Garden, allowed one of the trail blazers to carve that figure in the tree with his chainsaw.

19.      What are the benefits of being a member? Your membership fee contributes to maintenance of the existing Garden and its future development. Members receive newsletters, invitations to special events, and discounted fees at some activities. Visit wvbg.org for more information about membership.

20.      How do I learn more about WVBG? There is printed information in the kiosk and the Welcome Center. Visit our webpage at wvbg.org and “like” our Facebook page for updated information regarding scheduled events and photos of the Garden. 


                  The WVBG is free and open to the public daily

                   from dawn to dusk.

 

                  The lower parking lot and Welcome Center will be open 

                     on Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays and

                     Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The lower parking lot

                     will also be open for scheduled events.

 

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Garden Location: 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 (do NOT mail to this address)

Mailing Address: 714 Venture Drive, PMB 121, Morgantown, WV 26508