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Parks & Gardens News
December 2019



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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!


Holiday Hours

County Parks: 
-Closing at 5pm on Dec 24th
-Closed all day Dec 25th
-Open regular hours Jan 1st

Airlie Gardens & Echo Farms Park
-Closed Dec 24-25th & Jan 1st

Parks & Gardens Offices: 
-Closed Dec 24-26th & Jan 1st

Enchanted Airlie

Enchanted Airlie tickets are completely SOLD OUT.  Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support!  If you are visiting Airlie during regular operating hours, please remember that the gardens will close at 4pm (with last admission at 3:30pm) Dec 6-22nd to prepare for Enchanted Airlie.  More Information

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Ability Garden & Gift Shop Holiday Sale & Open House

The New Hanover County Ability Garden’s annual Holiday Poinsettia Sale will take place at the Arboretum on Saturday, December 7th from 9am to 1pm.  Red, pink and white poinsettias, as well as houseplants, herbs and succulents, grown by Ability Garden participants will be for sale.  The Arboretum Gift Shop will be open during the event, featuring jewelry by SaraGraceDesigner and crafts from Special Pedals.  More Information

parks updates

Hugh MacRae Park Playground
The playground at Hugh MacRae Park is currently closed while we complete repairs to the rubber surfacing.  We expect the playground to reopen sometime in January.   

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Did you know there are ten other playgrounds located in New Hanover County's parks?  Take this time to check some of them out, like the new playground at Northern Regional Park (pictured here).  Click here for the full list of playgrounds with addresses.  


Echo Farms Park
Parks & Gardens staff and volunteers planted over 100 trees at Echo Farms on November 7th.  Click here for details regarding the Echo Farms project currently underway.

To stay up-to-date on what's happening in Parks & Gardens, visit Parks.NHCgov.com or follow us on facebook

Events Calendar
12/1:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm

12/6-22:  5-7 & 7-9pm
Enchanted Airlie
Airlie Gardens

12/7:  9am-1pm
Ability Garden & Gift Shop Holiday Sale & Open House

12/11:  8-9:30am
Bird HIke
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob

12/18:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

Every Wed & Thurs:  9-12 pm
Airlie Gardens

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

*Dec 6-22:  Last admission will be 3:30pm, and the gardens will close at 4pm to prepare for Enchanted Airlie

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.