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Spring Bloom

  Spring is here and the blooms at Airlie Gardens are a sight to see!  Blooming typically between mid-March through mid-April, we have over 75,000 azaleas on property. The azaleas are at their peak right now!  Advance tickets are recommended for garden admission, so be sure to purchase your tickets at AirlieGardens.org before you arrive.  

*New Hanover County Residents FREE DAY at Airlie is April 2.  Tickets must be reserved in advance and tend to "sell" out quickly during the spring months.  Click here to reserve tickets.

*Airlie will be closed for a private event on Friday, April 14.

Food Truck Rodeo April23

Food Truck Rodeo

   Make plans to join us for our next Food Truck Rodeo which will take place on Sunday, April 30th from 12noon - 5:00pm. There will be over 25 food trucks for you to choose from. There is no cost to attend. Bring a blanket or chair to sit while you enjoy your food. Proceeds from this event will help fund a BMX Pump Track at Northern Regional Park.


Spring Yoga Series

   We will have a 6-week spring yoga series coming to Airlie Gardens and two of our parks as well. (Long Leaf & Smith Creek Parks.) The first of the series takes place on April 22nd (Earth Day). Classes are suitable for all skill levels. Please click the link below to register. Cost: $14 per session. Pre-registration required.  Click here to register.


Planting For Pollinators

  Join an environmental educator for a lecture on how to plant for pollinators in your own yard! You will receive native flower seedlings when you attend the program. This program will take place indoors at the Riverside Building, Castle Hayne. The cost is $2/person and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.


Tennis Clinics
  The following tennis clinics will take place in April:

Big Hitters - Ogden Park; Apr 3 (Weekly class)
Doubles Clinic - Long Leaf Park; Apr 17
Little Hitters -  Ogden Park; Apr 5 (Weekly class)
Senior Doubles - Echo Farms; Apr 12

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.

April Events

Apr 2: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Apr 5: 3-4:30pm
Bee-ginners Guide to Planting for Pollinators
Riverside Park
Advance tickets only

Apr 5: 5:6:30pm
Bee-ginners Guide to Planting for Pollinators
Riverside Park
Advance tickets only

April12: 8:9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance Tickets only

April 22: 10-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Apr 22: 5-6pm
Earth Day Yoga in the Gardens
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

April 26: 8-9:30am
Accessible Bird Outing
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Apr 27: 8-9:00am
Yoga in the Parks
Smith Creek Park
Advance tickets only

Apr 30: 12-5:00pm
Food Truck Rodeo
Ogden Park
Free to the Public

Turtley Awesome


Artists needed for our upcoming art exhibit at Airlie Gardens. Deadline: Apr 9
Click here for more information.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone