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Parks & Gardens News
February 2019


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Call to Artists

Airlie Gardens is excited to host their seventh annual art exhibit, HeART of the Gardens!  Airlie is currently looking for artists, or teams of artists, to decorate one of 10 over-sized fiberglass heart models to be displayed throughout the gardens July-October 2019.  Applications are due by Feb 28.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  For more information & application visit AirlieGardens.org.


Milkweed Madness: DIY Greenhouse

Do you want to help the Monarch butterflies? Join Airlie Gardens for a family friendly program on how to grow milkweed. Learn about pollinators, and create your very own mini greenhouse to take home! All materials are provided.  Cost is $10 per greenhouseThis event is not included in membership. Please no more than 4 participants per greenhouse. Pre-registration is required at ataylor@nhcgov.com or 910-798-7564. Recommended for ages 5 and up, all children must have at least one adult per group.  More Information


Tidewater Camellia Club Spring Show & Sale

On February 23rd, the Tidewater Camellia Club will host their Spring Show & Sale at the NHC Arboretum. The event features flower exhibitors from all over the Southeastern U.S. displaying more than 500 blooms. Other highlights include camellia care education, and an Interactive Children's Corner to touch, smell, and learn about camellias.  More Information

Kings Grant

Kings Grant Park has an awesome new playground, basketball court & picnic shelter!

Field drainage improvements are underway at Northern Regional Park & Eaton Elementary School


Plans for Echo Farms Park have been submitted to the city for technical review, which is expected to take about 6 months.  The plans include demolition of existing buildings and building a new clubhouse, swimming pool repairs, and a paved walking trail. 


Improved Waters at the Arboretum

The Koi at the NHC Arboretum are now swimming in a newly cleaned accommodation. Thank you to the Cape Fear Water Gardens for all your help with this endeavor!

Did you know that koi are not to be fed during the winter? When temperatures are low, their metabolisms slow down and they are less active. Their need for food decreases and they are unable to properly digest food. Feeding will return in the Spring and fish food will be for sale in the gift shop.

Events Calendar

2/3: 9-5 pm

NHC Residents Free Day

Airlie Gardens

(last admission is 4:30 pm)


2/13: 8-9:30 am

Bird Hike

Airlie Gardens


2/16: 9-12 pm

Plant Sale



2/23: 10-5 pm

Tidewater Camellia

Club Spring Show



2/23: 10-12 pm

Milkweed Madness:

DIY Greenhouse

Airlie Gardens

Save the Date(s)

Food Truck Rodeo
March 31st- 12-5 pm

Coastal Fitness Challenge
April 13th- 9 am-12 pm

Conservancy Logo


Airlie Gardens
Winter Schedule
Jan 1st - Feb 28th

Open Tuesday-Sunday
Last admission is 4:30pm
Closed Mondays

Check our online calendar for the Winter Tram Schedule or call (910) 798-7700.

Volunteer Opportunities

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens


2/20:  10-11:30 am
Trash Mob

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


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

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