Gardens At The Coast
Just the mention of the North Carolina Coast conjures images of windswept dunes, towering lighthouses and acres of sea oats. Yet this is also a land of manicured formal gardens, masses of azaleas and unique botanical treasures such as the rare Venus Flytrap.The light, sandy soil is easily cultivated, and the climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream for a lengthy growing season. Anyone can well understand why the earliest settlers enthusiastically made this their home.
Become acquainted with the state's signature gardens, regional treasures and smaller gardens of note.
Cupola House Garden - A Colonial Revival Garden designed by Donald Parker of Colonial Williamsburg, with parterres, orchard, arbor and herbs befitting this historically significant 1758 home. 252-482-2637
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Featuring natural habitats and ecosystems, including plants that can prosper at the seashore with minimal care. 910-458-8257
Elizabethan Gardens - A grand formal garden with abundant plantings, antique statuary and ornaments, and peaceful natural areas memorializing the settlers of "The Lost Colony." 252-473-3234
Tryon Palace Historical Sites and Gardens - Elaborate 18th century-style gardens benefiting the royal governor's residence and first capitol of North Carolina. 800-767-1560
Airlie Gardens - A 1920's garden filled with abundant camellias and azaleas offering beautiful waterfront views. 910-793-7531
Bellamy Mansion Museum Gardens - Victorian elegance in gardens with year-round color, featuring a symmetrical series of elliptical and circular parterre beds. 910-251-3700
Burgwin-Wright House Gardens - 18th century-style gardens featuring a parterre garden, terraced orchard at the oldest museum house in southeastern North Carolina. 910-762-0570
UNC-Wilmington Arboretum - A 10-acre wildflower preserve, 200 acres of pine savanna, numerous wetlands and more among the rich natural resources of this campus. 910-962-4177
Historical Hope Plantation - Historically correct King Bazemore House Gardens featuring herbs, flowers and vegetables, circa 1763. 252-794-3140
added: March 16, 2009
updated: February 22, 2012