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Parks & Gardens News

March 2021



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Call for Artists & Sponsors

Airlie Gardens is looking for artists and sponsors for our 9th Annual Art Exhibit.  It's Owl Good will feature 10 oversized, 4-foot-tall, fiberglass owl models decorated by artists and placed throughout the gardens July-December.  Artist designs will be selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, ability to appeal to all ages, outdoor sustainability and durability.  All levels of artists are welcome to apply. Artist application submissions are due by March 15. Learn more about becoming an exhibit artist or sponsor at AirlieGardens.org.  

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Picnic Shelter Reservations

As the weather starts to get warmer and you start planning your outdoor gatherings, don't forget that you can book your picnic shelter reservations online at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com.  Also, please remember that the limit for outdoor gatherings is 50 people or less, and all park visitors must wear face coverings when they are within six feet of others (even outdoors) per Executive Order 195.

Virtual Programs at Airlie Gardens


Art Explorers
Join Cameron Art Museum on Facebook live March 4th at 10am for a special session of Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens!  In celebration of the coming of spring, we will read 'The Little Seed' by Eric Carle.  Airlie's educators will teach us a fun science lesson about seeds and what they will become.  We will do a flower themed craft with paper, crayons and markers, glue and scissors.  More Information


Bee Bonanza
Did you know North Carolina has over 560 different species of native bees?  Join us virtually and learn all about our native bees!  Just in time to start planning your spring gardens, we will discuss:

-Differences between native bees and honey bees
-Importance of planting native
-How to incorporate and care for bee houses

Pre-registration is required.  There is no cost to participate, but a $5 donation is recommended.  This program will be hosted through Zoom, and participants will receive a link and instructions once registered.  More Information


200 Trees Planted in February

Parks & Gardens staff, along with volunteers from the Parks Conservancy, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and Cape Fear Garden Club, planted a total of 200 trees on county property in the month of February!  The trees were planted at Long Leaf Park, Smith Creek Park and three of the county's FEMA properties.  100 of the trees were purchased with a grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club and 48 trees were funded by NC Urban Forest Council's Legacy Tree Fund grant.  Learn more about the county's tree planting efforts at Parks.NHCgov.com/Trees.  

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

March 4:  10am
Art Explorers at Airlie Gardens
Virtual via Facebook Live

March 5:  1-2pm
Bee Bonanza
Virtual via Zoom
Register here

March 7:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY
Last admission is 4:30pm

March 10:  8-10am
Bird Hike 
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets ONLY

March 16:  1-2:30pm
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens


Airlie Gardens

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

*Advance tickets are required for admission.  Purchase tickets at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Sat, March 13
Parkwood Park

Wed, March 17
Location TBD

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

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(910) 798-7620 phone