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Parks & Gardens News
October 2019



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Parks Conservancy Night at Blaze Pizza

Come support the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County at Blaze Pizza from 5:30-8:30pm on Tues, Oct 15th!  Conservancy Board Members will be there sharing information on the organization and how it supports New Hanover County's parks.  Blaze Pizza will donate a portion of sales during the event back to the Parks Conservancy, so be sure to mention the Conservancy at the register.  Blaze Pizza is located at 915 Military Cutoff Rd (across from Mayfaire).  More Information

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HeART of the Gardens Exhibit

Airlie Gardens' art exhibit- HeART of the Gardens is on display for one more month.  Don't miss out on your chance to see these 13 beautifully decorated heart sculptures located throughout the gardens.  The exhibit is included in regular garden admission, and runs through Oct 31st.  The heart sculptures from the exhibit will go on sale to the public through an online auction beginning Fri, Nov 1st at 9am.  More Information


20/30/40 Anniversary Celebration

Join us at the Arboretum from 3-6pm on Sat, Oct 5th and celebrate our milestone anniversaries: 

  • Ability Garden - 20 years
  • Arboretum - 30 years
  • Extension Master Gardeners - 40 years

The event will feature guided tours of the facilities and gardens, and the Gift Shop and Plant Clinic will be open.  More Information


Enchanted Airlie Tickets

It's that time of year again!  Enchanted Airlie tickets go on sale to the public on Tues, Oct 8th.  Ticket price includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in one vehicle:

  • $30/Carload Ticket (car, standard truck, SUV & minivans ONLY)
  • $55/XL Van Ticket (10-15 passenger or conversion vans ONLY)
  • Large Vehicles including limos, mini-buses, trolleys, coach or school buses must contact Airlie to make a special reservation 

This event will sell out, so get your tickets ASAP!  More information

*For Airlie Members who receive Enchanted Airlie tickets as a membership benefit (Family, Camellia, Magnolia & Azalea levels), there will be a pre-sale beginning Tues, Oct 1st.  Click here for instructions on reserving your ticket(s)


Pumpkin Palooza

Enjoy a magical evening on Sat, Oct 12th from 6-9pm strolling the Arboretum grounds, and marveling at the intricately designed pumpkins.  There will also be children's activities hosted by NHC Public Library, UNCW Chemistry Dept Mad Scientist, and NC Aquarium Spooky Creatures.  Tickets are only $5/person (children 2 & under are free), and all proceeds benefit NHC 4-H.

*Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to carve pumpkins to be displayed at the event.  Click here for details.

Events Calendar

10/5:  3-6pm
20/30/40 Anniversary Celebration

10/6:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm

10/9:  8-9:30am
Bird HIke
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

10/12:  6-9pm
Pumpkin Palooza
$5/person; age 2 & under free

10/15: 5:30-8:30pm
Parks Conservancy Fundraiser
Blaze Pizza

10/18:  6-10pm
Oyster Roast
Airlie Gardens

10/19:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale

Volunteer Opportunities

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens

Trash Mob

10/16:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

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

Airlie Gardens

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

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

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.