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Parks & Gardens News

September 2020



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SQUIRRELS! at Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens' annual art exhibit SQUIRRELS! is currently on display through November 30th.  This year's exhibit features 10 over-sized fiberglass squirrels, decorated by local artists and displayed throughout the gardens.  The exhibit is included in garden admission, and there is also a fun scavenger hunt for the kids.  The squirrel sculptures will be available for sale to the public through an online auction.  Please visit AirlieGardens.org for more details.   

Don't forget that all garden admission tickets must be pre-purchased online at this time.  Tickets will not be available to purchase onsite.  Airlie Members may show their membership card or ID for entry (no advance tickets are needed).  More Information

trash mob

Trash Mob Volunteer Opportunity

The Trash Mob is back!  After a brief hiatus out of caution for COVID-19, the Trash Mob is looking for volunteers like YOU who are tired of seeing trash littering the streets of our beautiful county. 

The Trash Mob meets on the 2nd Saturday of January, March, June and September at 9am in the parking lot of Parkwood Park to pick up trash along Harris Road.  We provide all the supplies- trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash pickers.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  More Information


Native Plant Festival

The Native Plant Alliance will host its 5th Annual Native Plant Festival on Saturday, September 19 from 10am to 4pm. This free, family-friendly festival celebrates Cape Fear area native plants and helps attendees learn how to incorporate them into their own garden plans.

This year's festival has been redesigned so attendees can learn about and buy native plants while honoring safety guidelines surrounding COVID-19. On Saturday, the festival will offer a day of virtual presentations by seven local horticultural experts, which can be enjoyed from home. To avoid attracting crowds to a single location, many of the nurseries that normally sell plants during the festival will instead invite the public to their farms and nurseries to view and purchase native plants and to see where they’re grown.  Learn more at Arboretum.NHCgov.com.


Battle Park Design Drafts

The design team has completed a draft layout of the play and discovery area, and an updated draft layout of Battle Park. 

The proposed play and discovery area uses elements and textures from the earth to provide children opportunities to play, explore, imagine and be challenged by the natural environment.  Nature playgrounds encourage children to spend more time outdoors, and increase health, socialization and motor skill development. 

Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/BattlePark to view the draft layouts, and learn more about the project.  *Drafts are subject to change as the design process progresses.  

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.

Events Calendar

Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29:  2pm
Tuesdays with Airlie
Virtual- Facebook

Sept 6:  9am-4:30pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY
Last admission is 4pm

Sept 9 & 23:  8am
Birding Morning (self-guided)
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

Sept 19:  10am-4pm
Native Plant Festival

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Sat, Sept 12
Parkwood Park

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Hurricane Isaias Clean-Up

There are some parks facilities that are currently closed due to clean-up from Hurricane Isaias.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com for the full list and updates.

Coronavirus Information & Resources

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed at this time, and gatherings and activities are limited to 25 people or less.  Face coverings should be worn within 6 feet of others, except when strenuously exercising.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 for more information.



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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

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