Gardens on the Coast

Gardens on the Coast

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington

At the North Carolina coast, you can visit 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 our earliest settlers were eager to make our shores their home.

Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds

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.

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

Inner Coastal Plain

Charles B. Aycock Birthplace
Seasonal vegetables, flowers and herbs intermingled in a typical 19th century kitchen garden.

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

Outer Banks & Currituck

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

Wilmington area

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

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

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

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach
Features natural habitats and ecosystems, including plants that can prosper at the seashore with minimal care.

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.

If you’re visiting other parts of North Carolina, you can explore our mountain and central region gardens, too.

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