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Parks & Gardens News
May 2019


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Summer Concert Series at Airlie Gardens

Airlie's Summer Concert Series begins May 17 and runs every 1st and 3rd Friday from 6-8pm through September 20!  Concerts are free for Airlie Members- just bring your membership card for entry.  General admission tickets for all others must be purchased in advance and cost just $10/Adults, $3/Children (4-12), and free for children under 4.  All general admission and member parking is offsite at the New Hanover County Government Center- West Entrance.  A free shuttle service runs continuously throughout the evening from the offsite parking lot to the gardens, beginning at 5pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit AirlieGardens.org.


Spring Yoga Series

There are three dates left in the Spring Yoga Series at Airlie Gardens- May 7, 14 & 21!  Classes will be taught by Longwave Yoga, and will take place on a different lawn each week.  This class is appropriate for all levels- beginner to advanced.  Please bring your mat or towel.  Classes are $16/person, and Airlie Members receive a $5 discount.  Members should bring their membership card and pay onsite to receive discount.  More Information

Oleander Express

Oleander Express

Join the Ability Garden at the Arboretum on May 11 from 9am-1pm for a fun-filled day of adventure!  Participants will ride the Shriners train to different interactive, educational stops around the gardens!  Tickets are $10/person.  Visit AbilityGarden.org for more information or to purchase tickets.  

*This is a ticketed event.  A ticket will be required to access the gardens between 7am-1pm.  The grounds will remain closed for clean-up until 2:30pm, then will re-open to the public.


Feeding Your Soil:  Composting & Vermicomposting Lecture

Learn all about composting at the Arboretum on Sat, May 18 from 10am-12:30pm.  Composting is the controlled decomposition of organic materials into a soil-like substance called compost.  Organic materials such as grass clippings, leaves, food scraps, and non-recyclable paper products can be composted at home in compost bins, piles, or worm bins.  Home composting is an easy and economical way for individuals to convert their organic waste into a soil amendment they can use to mulch landscaping, enhance plant growth, enrich topsoils, and more.  This lecture is free for Friends of the Arboretum and $5 for all others.  Registration is required at 910-798-7660.  Lecture will be held in the Education Center.

*The May "Back to Basics Gardening Classes" at the Arboretum are FULL.  Follow the Arboretum on facebook for all the latest class offerings and updates!

  • The tennis courts at Echo Farms Park were resurfaced in April.
  • Kings Grant Park has a new Outdoor Gym!  It has pull-up bars, leg press, sit-up bench, push-up & dip station, lat pull and chest press.
Kings Grant

Events Calendar

5/7: 6-7pm

Yoga in the Gardens

Airlie Gardens

$16/Class; $11/Members


5/8:  8-9:30am

Bird HIke

Airlie Gardens

Free w/ Garden Admission


5/11: 9am-1pm

Oleander Express




5/14:  6-7pm

Yoga in the Gardens

Airlie Gardens

$16/Class; $11/Members


5/17:  6-8pm

Concert Series- Machine Gun

Airlie Gardens

$10/Adults; $3/Children
Free for Members


5/18:  Composting & Vermicomposting Lecture


$5/Person; Free for Friends of the Arboretum


5/21:  6-7pm

Yoga in the Gardens

Airlie Gardens

$16/Class; $11/Members


Airlie Gardens

Open Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens


May 15th:  10-11:30 am

Trash Mob

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Jodi Rich at jorich@nhcgov.com or (910) 798-7629

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens

230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone



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