NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

Parks & Gardens News
March 2020



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Spring is coming soon and it's time to schedule a picnic shelter for your birthday party, company outing, family reunion, church cookout or other social gathering.  Did you know that you can reserve and pay for shelter reservations online?  Our online shelter reservations system is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and you receive immediate confirmation of your reservation.  Visit ParksReservations.NHCgov.com to make your reservation today!  *Only shelters can be reserved online- special events and walk-a-thons must be reserved with our office

New Hanover County has reservable shelters at:

  • Hugh MacRae Park
  • Northern Regional Park
  • Ogden Park
  • River Road Park
  • Snows Cut Park
  • Veterans Park

All other county shelters may be used on a first come, first served basis.  

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Volunteer Training Event

Are you interested in volunteering at Airlie Gardens?  Throughout 2020, Airlie will host several training sessions geared toward new volunteers.  On Thursday, March 26th from 9am-12pm, potential volunteers will learn about and experience a morning with the Dirty Dozen- Airlie's gardening and grounds volunteers.  Registration is required and space is limited for this program.  Learn more at AirlieGardens.org.

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Big Bloomin' Orchid Day

Cape Fear Orchid Society will hold its annual Big Bloomin' Orchid Day at the Arboretum on Saturday, March 7th from 8:30am-1pm.  The event will feature guest speakers, a raffle, and Q&A time with experienced orchid growers.  Early registration is just $25 through March 4th, then goes up to $30.  Each attendee will receive a FREE orchid!  More Information

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Save the Date

Mark your calendars!  The Parks Conservancy Food Truck Rodeo is coming up on April 19th from 12-5pm at Ogden Park.  More Information

Events Calendar

3/1:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day 
Airlie Gardens
Last admission is 4:30pm

3/7:  8:30am-1pm
Big Bloomin' Orchid Day
Purchase Tickets Here

3/11:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Free w/ garden admission

3/21:  9am-12pm
Ability Garden Plant Sale

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
3/14:  9-10:30am
Meet at Parkwood Park

3/18:  10-11:30am
Location TBD

Grounds & Gardening at Airlie Gardens
Every Wed & Thurs

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

Airlie Gardens

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

Visit the online calendar for accessibility tram schedule.  

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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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.