NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
November 2018


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Enchanted Airlie

There's a few spots left for Enchanted Airlie! This is the 13th year of Enchanted Airlie. Guests will experience a 0.5m stroll through the Gardens, on a self-guided walking tour while feasting their eyes on a spectacular array of lights and holiday displays. Also in attendance, Santa Claus himself, and a few local food and beverage vendors with hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more! Buy tickets here.

 Enchanted Airlie 2018 will run December: 1st & 7th-22nd

Airlie Gardens will close to the public at 4 pm during Enchanted Airlie


Gnome Sculptures Go on Auction!

Did you fall in love with the gnomes like we did? Now's your chance to own one of your own! The Gnomes from the Gnome Invasion Art Exhibit at Airlie Gardens have gone on auction. Go online to place your bids. Bids start at $1,500 or you can 'buy it now' for $4,500. You have until December 31st to bid! You can see the gnomes in person at Airlie Gardens through December 31st.

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Holiday Plant Sale

Join us for the Ability Garden's Annual Holiday Sale on December 1st. Beautiful poinsettia's available, as well as herbs, houseplants and succulents. They make wonderful gifts! All proceeds will benefit the Ability Garden and the horticulture programming. Located at the Arboretum.  Gift shop will be open from 9am-3pm.

Quiet Visits with Santa

The fourth annual Quiet Visits With Santa will be held at Airlie Gardens on Saturday, December 8th (9 -3 pm) and Tuesday, December 11th (12-3 pm). Saturday is full but there's still spots on Tuesday! Children can take part in a holiday tradition through peaceful one-on-one visits without the chaos and loud noises that come with large crowds. Visits are by appointment only and space is limited! Please call the Clinic for Special Children at 910-319-7744 for an appointment!

Park Rx Program

Rx Park

Did you know that reducing the risk of chronic disease while increasing health and happiness can be as easy as spending time in your favorite park? Check out our website to learn about the ways you can get your exercise and reduce the risk of disease in your county parks- all for FREE!

Join us for the Park Rx Nature Walk on December 1st! Our environmental educators will take you on a one-mile nature walk through Pages Creek Park Preserve and learn all about the salt marsh, and the animals and plants that inhabit the preserve.  There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required. Pages Creek Park Preserve is located at 1215 Middle Sound Loop Road.

Holiday Hours

County Parks:

Close at 5 pm December 24th & Closed December 25th

Airlie Gardens and Echo Farms Tennis Courts:

Closed December 24th & 25th

Parks & Gardens Office:

Closed December 24th, 25th, & 26th



Kings Grant Park basketball court and playground installation are complete, and the picnic shelter is under construction!

Veterans Park Orange field has been converted to a full-size rectangular field.  

Northern Regional Park Red & Green field drainage project is in progress.

Visit Parks.NHCgov.com or follow us on facebook for updates on these projects and more!

Parks & Gardens strives to maintain and operate parks and facilities that enrich the lives of the community and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

Events Calendar

12/1: 9-1 pm

Holiday Plant Sale



12/1: 9-10 am

Park Rx Nature Walk

Pages Creek Park

Free, pre-registration required


12/2: 9-5 pm

NHC Residents Free Day

Airlie Gardens

(last admission is 4:30 pm)


12/8: 9-3 pm

Quiet Visits with Santa

Airlie Gardens   (by appointment only)


12/11: 12-3 pm

Quiet Visits with Santa

Airlie Gardens   (by appointment only)


12/12: 8-9:30 am

Bird Hike

Airlie Gardens


12/15 9-12 pm

3rd Saturday Plant Sale



12/20: 2-4 pm

Educator in the Garden

Airlie Gardens

Volunteer Opportunities

December 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 9-12 pm


Airlie Gardens


12/19 10-11 am

Trash Mob

N. College & King Rd.


For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich by email or (910) 798-7629

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone
(910) 798-7275 reservations


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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