Gardens on the North Carolina Coast

Visit the North Carolina coast to explore manicured formal gardens, see masses of brightly blooming azaleas and learn about botanical treasures such as the rare Venus flytrap. It’s easy to cultivate the light, sandy, and the climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream for a lengthy growing season. It’s not hard to see why the earliest settlers were eager to make our shores their home.

1 Cupola House Garden

1 Cupola House Garden

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A Colonial Revival garden designed by Donald Parker of Colonial Williamsburg, with parterres, orchard, arbor and herbs befitting this historically significant 1758 home.

2 Elizabethan Gardens

2 Elizabethan Gardens

ManteoSee on mapSee on map

A grand formal garden with abundant plantings, antique statuary and ornaments, and peaceful natural areas memorializing the settlers of The Lost Colony.

3 Bellamy Mansion Museum Gardens

3 Bellamy Mansion Museum Gardens

WilmingtonSee on mapSee on map

Victorian elegance in gardens with year-round color, featuring a symmetrical series of elliptical and circular parterre beds.

4 Historic Halifax

4 Historic Halifax

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Medicinal, repellant, tea, fragrance, craft and cooking herb beds typical of the late 1700s, located at the rear of the Eagle Tavern, circa 1790.

5 Tryon Palace

5 Tryon Palace

New BernSee on mapSee on map

Elaborate 18th-century-style gardens benefiting the royal governor’s residence and first capitol of North Carolina.

6 Charles B. Aycock Birthplace

6 Charles B. Aycock Birthplace

FremontSee on mapSee on map

Seasonal vegetables, flowers and herbs intermingled in a typical 19th-century kitchen garden.

7 Burgwin-Wright House Gardens

7 Burgwin-Wright House Gardens

WilmingtonSee on mapSee on map

18th-century-style gardens featuring a parterre garden and terraced orchard at the oldest museum house in southeastern North Carolina.

8 Airlie Gardens

8 Airlie Gardens

WilmingtonSee on mapSee on map

A 1920s garden filled with abundant camellias and azaleas offering beautiful waterfront views.

9 North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

9 North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Kure BeachSee on mapSee on map

Features natural habitats and ecosystems, including plants that can prosper at the seashore with minimal care.

10 UNC-Wilmington Arboretum

10 UNC-Wilmington Arboretum

WilmingtonSee on mapSee on map

A 10-acre wildflower preserve, 200 acres of pine savanna, numerous wetlands and more among the rich natural resources of this campus.

 

Updated April 19, 2018
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