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Parks & Gardens News

December 2020



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Happy Holidays from the staff at New Hanover County Parks & Gardens!  We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!  


Holiday Hours

County Parks
Closing at 5pm on December 24
Closed all day December 25

Airlie Gardens:
Closed December 24-25


Echo Farms Park:
Closed December 24, 25 & 28
Open December 26-27

Parks & Gardens Office:
Closed December 24-28


Wear Your Mask!  

Did you know that COVID-19 can spread outdoors, too?  That's why it's important to keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others in the parks, and wear a face covering for those times you may get closer than 6 feet.  Remember- Governor Cooper's Executive Order 180 REQUIRES masks for all people in parks when they are within 6 feet of others or are indoors.  View Executive Order 180 FAQs here

Airlie Oak

Tree Walk at Airlie Gardens

Take a walk with Airlie's educators on December 9 from 1-2:30pm and learn about the various tree species throughout the grounds! Highlights will include both native and introduced species, and the history of the gardens and its plantings. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants are required to follow all COVID-19 guidelines, socially distance, and wear face coverings. 

*The Tree Walk is not included as a membership benefit. Everyone must purchase a ticket to attend.  Purchase your ticket here

*The Tree Walk is part of the Wilmington Tree Initiative.  Learn more about the initiative at WilmingtonTrees.com

Trash Mob

Trash Mob

Are you tired of seeing trash along the roads of our beautiful county?  Then, join the Trash Mob on Wednesday, December 16 from 10-11:30am and help us pick up litter.  This month's Trash Mob will park and meet at Parkwood Park- 4827 Canetuck Rd and pick up trash along Gordon Road.  We'll provide all the supplies (trash bags, gloves, safety vests and trash pickers).  More Information


Enchanted Airlie

Enchanted Airlie is completely SOLD OUT!  We appreciate all the support and look forward to spending evenings under the lights with you. 

If you are visiting Airlie Gardens during regular operating hours, please remember that December 4-22 the gardens will close at 4:30pm to prepare for Enchanted Airlie, and last admission on those days will be 4pm.  The gardens will be closed December 24 & 25.  More Information

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

Dec 4-22
Enchanted Airlie

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

Dec 9:  8am
Birding Morning
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

Dec 9:  1-2:30pm
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY


Airlie Gardens

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Dec 16
Meet at Parkwood Park

Cape Fear Museum Park
Ongoing Opportunity

Learn more at



Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

Coronavirus Information

Outdoor gatherings and activities are limited to 50 people or less.  Face coverings must be worn by all people in parks when they are within 6 feet of others or are indoors.  Visit Parks.NHCgov.com/COVID19 for more information.


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

Driving Directions

(910) 798-7620 phone