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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: Angie Pearsall, Wedding Coordinator, Phone: (910) 798-7660 Email:


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Photo Gallery & Video

Photo Gallery & Video

The Master Gardener Plant Sale, which runs for five days during the 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 before the public opening, enabling them to get first choice of limited quantity selections. 


Many of the plants are propagated here on site and the remainder of the material comes 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.

During the event the Arboretum volunteer carpenter crew is  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.

Celebrate plants! The Native Plant Alliance presents the 3rd Annual Native Plant Festival at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington, NC on September 16, 2017 from 9am-4pm. The family-friendly event celebrates Cape Fear area native plants and helps attendees learn how to incorporate them into their own garden plans. There will be activities for adults and children, native plant vendors, a seed swap, displays and presentations by local experts.

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Art in the Arboretum, an annual fall event, fills the gardens with art and music for a weekend. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association, features local artists’ works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture, and other media.  You will find art throughout the gardens and also in the gallery. A raffle, silent auction, and performances by local musicians also will be featured. Save the date and plan to attend one of the largest outdoor gatherings of art and music in the area.

We are excited to announce a featured artists well known here in Wilmington – J.A. Cobb.  This year the fun copper sculptors of frogs, affectionately known as  “Andy’s Kids,” will be playing throughout the gardens, bringing a display of whimsy and beautiful craftsmanship further highlighting many wonderful works of art provided by participating artists.

Once again, attendees will cast their ballots for his or her favorite 2D and 3D works. Award ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, in each category, will be awarded. Who doesn’t love to get a ribbon of honor! But winners will also have the registration fee waived for next year’s show.  People’s choice balloting will be on Friday and Saturday. 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.

A new feature this year will be an exhibit and sale of “Art for Children.”  Our wonderful artists will be preparing beautiful works of art suitable for children.  We look forward to seeing the result of their inspiration.

Mark your calendars for 2017 show – October 6,7,8 – It looks to be a wonderful year!

Artist Registration

Become an Art in the Arboretum Donor

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