NHCGov: Parks & Gardens Newsletter

New Hanover County
Parks & Gardens News


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Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Closing at 5pm, Sunday,  December 24
Closed December 25

Airlie Gardens & Echo Farms Park:
Closed December 23-26

Parks & Gardens Offices:
Closed December 25-27


Sustainable Terrariums: Building an Ecosystem

Join an environmental educator on Saturday, December 2 from 10-11:30am to learn about things we can do to live more sustainably. You will also learn how a terrarium functions as its own tiny ecosystem. Bring your own empty container and we will provide the soil, rocks, and plants. Suggested containers include clean glass jars with wide mouths such as pickle jars or any broad, evenly-shaped container. Cost: $10/adults; $3/children (4-12). This program will be held both indoors and outdoors. Register here.

What's Happening in the Parks

Here are projects planned for the coming months:
~ Northern Regional Park pickleball lighting
~ Trails End pier redesign
~ Ogden playground replacement
~ Hanover Pines Park opening
~ Echo Farms tennis court expansion (design)
~ Smith Creek Park Phase 2 (design)


Turtley Awesome! Art Exhibit & Auction

The Airlie Gardens' annual art exhibit "Turtley Awesome!" will be on display throughout the gardens through the end of December. These beautifully curated and uniquely designed turtles will make a wonderful addition to your backyard garden, business, or home. Select turtles will be available through an online auction with a buy-now option. The auction opens December 1 at 9am and closes December 31 at 11:45pm. Click here  to bid and for 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.

December Events

Dec 2: 10am-11:30am
Sustainable Terrarium
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Dec 2: 10am-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Dec 3: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Dec 13: 8am-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Dec 14: 8am-9:30am
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only


Airlie Gardens

Open Daily: 9am-4pm*
*The gardens will close at 4pm to prepare for Enchanted Airlie Dec 1-21

Purchase tickets for Airlie Gardens in advance at AirlieGardens.org.

(Enchanted Airlie-Sold Out)


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone