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Parks & Gardens News
January 2020



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Happy New Year!  2019 was a great year for New Hanover County Parks & Gardens!  Check out some of the highlights from the past year:

  • Kings Grant Park received a new picnic shelter and outdoor gym.
  • Airlie Gardens completed stormwater improvements to reduce the amount of pollution entering Airlie Gardens' lake and Bradley Creek.
  • Underground drainage systems were added to multi-purpose fields at Eaton Elementary School (fields 1, 3 & 4)  and Northern Regional Park (Red & Green fields). 
  • Echo Farms clay tennis courts were resurfaced, and buildings were demolished to make way for a new tennis/pool clubhouse facility.  (Pool renovations will also be completed this year)
  • The Arboretum celebrated milestone anniversaries:
           -Ability Garden - 20 years
           -Arboretum - 30 years
           -Extension Master Gardeners - 40 years
  • Airlie hosted its seventh annual art exhibit- HeART of the Gardens.  

We hope that you and your families have a safe and happy new year, and we look forward to seeing what 2020 brings!  


Airlie Gardens Winter Hours

Airlie Gardens will operate on the following Winter Schedule January 1 - February 29:

Open Tues-Sun:  9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays


TreeFest - Jan 17 & 18

Increase tree canopy and biodiversity in your yard by visiting TreeFest, inside Independence Mall in the JC Penney Court on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18.  A limited number of trees and native grasses will be available free of charge (a small donation is suggested to help fund future TreeFest events).  The event will run 10am-5pm each day, or until trees run out.  

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

1/8:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

1/17:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale

1/17 & 18:  10am-5pm
Independence Mall


Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob

1/11:  9-11am
Parkwood Park

1/15:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

Gardening at Airlie

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

Winter Hours
Tues-Sun: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays

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.