6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Monday through – Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 910 798-7660
The gardens are open each day during daylight hours. See below for possible garden closings.
Gardens CLOSED or TICKETED Events –
Gardens Closed April 17, 18 & 19 for Plant Sale set-up Gardens Closed April 24
Gardens Closed May 13 — “A Day on the Oleander Express” – Tickets available @ http://abilitygarden.org/a-day-on-the-oleander-express/
Free to the public. Check closing and ticketed event information above for exceptions.
Small groups are welcome for short visits or field trips, at no charge, but please call ahead to register and check availability of the gardens.
Click here to view a printable detailed map of the Arboretum. This map is also available on the garden grounds and at the Cooperative Extension Office.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS: Due to activities and planned events in the gardens, please contact Danyce Dicks @ 910 798-7660 to ensure availability of the gardens for photo shoots.
The challenge in diagnosing plant problems is getting enough of the critical information to understand what is going on. Problem identification over the phone is generally unreliable. Getting an adequate sample in to the Plant Clinic is important.
Here are some guidelines that will help with proper identification. If you can’t follow all of them, bring in what you can and we will try our best to help you!
General Recommendations for plant or plant damage identification
Turf problem diagnosis: Bring in a 1 foot by 1 foot sample of diseased or damaged turf with roots that includes a transition area into healthy turf. The transition area may show active pest infestation and comparison of unhealthy turf with healthy turf can help diagnosis.
Turf and Weedy Grass Identification: Bring in the entire plant including seed heads if possible.
Insect Identification: Bring in live insects (not squished or dried, it may be beneficial and you will want to return it to your garden). If possible, bring in part of the plant with the insects on it.
Soil Samples: Collect about 1 ¼ cups dry soil for testing. Drop by the clinic for soil sample boxes and instructions, or call for details. Peak season soil test fee $4 (Mid Nov-March) Soil testing is FREE April 1-Mid Nov. Soil Sample for Nematodes is $3, call clinic for details.
Weed identification: (Herbaceous plants): Bring in fresh weeds (not dried up), include as much as possible, roots, stems, leaves, flowers if blooming. Keep plants hydrated, wet paper towels in a bag works well. If you think it may be poisonous, put it in a clear plastic bag.
Woody Plant identification: Bring in a branch with leaves, flowers if blooming. Photos can help-entire plant, close ups, flowers/fruit.
Plant disease identification: Collect plants in in various stages of disease, including healthy samples. Pictures of overall plants and close up of areas can be useful if it is hard to bring in a sample. For smaller herbaceous plants, bringing in the entire plant including roots (dug out, not pulled out) can help identify all potential problems.
When diagnosing plant problems, the culprit often is very elusive and it requires a good detective who can understand what all the factors are that might be affecting the plant negatively. Things such as watering practices, pesticides and herbicides used in the area, construction activity or other changes in the area (like the removal of a nearby tree) can affect the health of a plant. When the Master Gardeners ask a seemingly endless series of questions, they are doing their best to ensure that the problem is diagnosed properly. The last thing you want is to apply a treatment for the wrong problem. Once the Master Gardeners have a handle on what the problem is, they can compile a variety of alternative treatments from the Plant Clinic reference library and pass this information back to you.
We offer a wonderful picnic area located by the Herb Garden and the Camellia Walk. A large shaded area with picnic tables and also a covered shelter, it is the perfect setting for children’s birthday parties or a small group. To request the picnic area please fill out the reservation form . Completion of this form is only a request and your reservation will not be complete until you receive confirmation from our office. The fees are as follows:
NHC Residents $45/Four Hours
Non-Residents $70/Four Hours
Please make out the check to; New Hanover County and full payment must be received before your reservation is final.
For more information, please call Marge Porrazzo at (910) 798-7660 between the hours of 8:00am – 1:00pm, Monday through Friday or email at email@example.com
Among many items to be discovered in the shop
…plus many, many more garden-inspired products and gifts! Frequent visitors will find ever-changing merchandise and new selections for each season. Gift bags are always complimentary.
As always, Friends of the Arboretum members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced merchandise – excluding consignment items and Attraction Books.
Strike the metal to compose your own beat!
Feeling musical? Head over to our colorful pipe organ directly behind the herb garden in the picnic area.
Multi-colored chalk on a blackboard now adorns a wall of the New Hanover County Arboretum, and visitors to the gardens can enjoy an interactive chalk wall where they may stop to write what they want to do before they die.
Before I Die is an interactive art project which encourages community members to share their personal ambitions in a public space. The first Before I Die chalk wall was created by a New Orleans artist, Candy Chang, in 2011. Chang did not know what would come from her idea, but she experienced many positive responses immediately. Today, over 1,000 Before I Die walls spread across the world.” http://beforeidie.cc/
This project turns a blank wall into something interesting and powerful and provides a gathering place and an outlet for people to share their own ambitions while also reading the messages of others. In the future, the 7 x 12 chalk wall will also serve as a creative backdrop or display for weddings and other events throughout the year. Wilmington’s new wall has a bucket of chalk attached for writing and it is a place where people can display their hopes and dreams as a community. The New Hanover County Arboretum is free and open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.