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The Arboretum will make your special day one you will remember forever. Besides seven acres of spectacular gardens, the Arboretum offers a collection of benefits most other venues can’t match, including:

Convenient location
Ample parking
Fully equipped indoor kitchen, auditorium and restroom facilitiesChrisLangPhotography-69
Outdoor grill and picnic area
Numerous photo ops, including sculptures, Japanese Tea House, Children’s Garden and Rose Garden
Water features
Performance space for musicians
Proximity to superb restaurants, banquet rooms and hotels for out-of-town guests

Schedule a personal tour of the grounds and facilities, and you’ll see why the Arboretum is fast becoming the area’s first choice for making memories.
Contact: Danyce Dicks, Wedding Coordinator, Phone: (910) 798-7662 Email:


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Photo Gallery & Video

Photo Gallery & Video

The Master Gardener Plant Sale, which runs for five days this spring, is one of the largest plant sales in the Southeast, more than double the size of similar events at several elite private gardens.  Proceeds from the sale provide the major funding for programs of the New Hanover County Master Gardeners including educational additions to the Arboretum grounds, 4-H program needs, the Speaker’s Bureau, the Remote Plant Clinic, and educational grants for local schools and organizations.

Friends of the Arboretum members have a half-day preview sale on April 19th before the public opening, enabling them to get first choice of limited quantity selections. 


This year many of the plants were propagated here on site and the remainder of the material will come from local growers and is acclimated to our area’s conditions, giving it a head start over plants purchased from many other sources.  Master Gardeners are on hand at all times to help you get the right plant for the right place, a key to gardening success.

The plant selection is huge:

  • shrubs and ornamental plants
  • annuals and perennials
  • herbs and vegetables
  • azaleas, including reblooming Encores
  • And many varieties of Japanese maples in all shapes, sizes, colors, and leaf structures.

For a complete list of the plants we expect to have available click here


During the event the Arboretum volunteer carpenter crew is also on hand with their ingenious and inexpensive handcrafted garden creations–bird houses, plant stands, potting tables.

More than 350 volunteers are required to make the Plant Sale happen.  Fortunately, the sale occurs during one of the most beautiful times of the year at the Arboretum, which helps make all the hard work much more enjoyable.

For questions or additional information, contact the Arboretum at 798-7660.


Art in the Arboretum, an annual fall event, fills the gardens with art and music for a weekend. The event is usually the first weekend of October and features local artists’ works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, and other media. A raffle, online silent auction, and performances by local musicians will also feature. Plan to attend one of the largest outdoor gatherings of art and music in the area.

Artists compete for award ribbons at Art in the Arboretum. In past years, the Friends of the Arboretum has recognized one “people’s choice” artist work. Attendees cast their ballots for his or her favorite 2D and 3D works. Award ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, in each category, are awarded.

The ribbons were especially designed for the 2015 Art in the Arboretum show and sale. Local artist, Aiden Kenny helped with the design. Using the Dumay Gorham’s Sea Serpent that lives in the Arboretum’s Koi pond for inspiration, a line drawing of this reptile appears on the ribbons.

Who doesn’t love to get a ribbon of honor! But winners will also have the registration fee waived for next year’s show. As Maria Williams, Artist’s Committee Chairman, and Wilmington Art Association liaison observes, “The addition of these ribbons make the art show even more exciting.” This is a great opportunity not only for the artists who are participating in this lovely fall event but also for the art appreciators in attendance to have a voice.
Art in the Arboretum is a unique show, displaying many 2D and 3D pieces in the gardens and in a gallery setting. People’s Choice balloting is held on Friday and Saturday.

Oops you missed the 4-H wreath sale this year. Fraser fir wreaths could be pre-ordered before Nov 21, 2016.

Check back with us in November next year for your chance to order one for the Holidays.

All proceeds benefit the local 4-H clubs and help the children pay for camps, trips and other educational opportunities.


Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678