Welcome to the NC Cooperative Extension and NHC Arboretum

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our county’s residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University.  Through educational programs, publications, and events, Extension  Agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to New Hanover County citizens.

Gardens open 8am-5pm daily.

Office hours: 10am-2pm weekdays. (Staff are available by phone or email. Click on ‘About Us’ for contact details)

Main Office: 910-798-7660

Plant Clinic: 910-798-7680  Reopens May 3rd 

Gift Shop: 910-798-7650   Reopens May 3rd

Friends of the Arboretum:  910-798-7670 

Facility Reservations & Rentals (inc Weddings):  Please use the Facility Reservation Tab above,  or call 910-798-7660


Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 4:23pm
It's not too late to sign up for the Backyard Compost Presentation tomorrow at 9am hosted by our consumer horticulture agent Matt Collogan. This event is part of the Coastal Composting Expo taking place here at the Arboretum: https://t.co/Ds4FW1gn3V https://t.co/AfXh60bjrS nhcarb photo
Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 4:12pm
Tomorrow, Coastal Composting Expo is happening between 9-1, you don’t want to miss it! There will be some wonderful workshops outlining backyard composting & vermicomposting, plants for sale from the Ability Garden, a special Black Soldier Fly Q&A, Poor Piggy’s Food Truck, & more https://t.co/aCbg3moZGd nhcarb photo
Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 12:18pm
Celebrate the earth through the simple enjoyment of a walk through the woods. Amy Renfranz, Program coordinator for New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District, shares with @StarNewsOnline ways to celebrate Earth Day this year. https://t.co/i6U5bzr1SS
Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 10:01am
Join us tomorrow for Yoga at the Arboretum! Start the weekend with gentle stretching & meditation while listening to birdsong in the beautiful garden. The yoga is donation based and "pay what you can." Pre-registration is required. here: https://t.co/dpYChpg1k5
Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 2:48pm
Join the Pollinator Palooza this Sat, April 17th, @ 10am. Watch the Facebook Livestream on the NC Coastal Land Trust page that will teach about the important role pollinators play in nature & our food supply & more
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 at 4:44pm
Who else has been enjoying the sweet smell of Wisteria Floribunda around town lately? #bloomoftheday https://t.co/7FEf82Qky5
Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 4:33pm
History and future: What would NC be without its longleaf pines? Pine trees are so important to North Carolina that in 1963 it was recognized as the state tree.
Read more @StarNewsOnline
Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at 2:34pm
Support the Ability Garden on National Sibling’s Day. Have sibling photos taken here at the NHC Arboretum from 9am-1pm on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.
Contact Roberta to schedule your mini session
e: roberta @applephotography.us
p: 910.228.6067 https://t.co/U7DtDVHqwc
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 4:54pm
Yoga For All with Caroline Cooley will be taking place this Saturday, April 10th at 8:30am outside on our lawn.
Sessions will be capped at 15 people to maintain social distance and masks will be required. https://t.co/eZ2QexRE2E https://t.co/LoJZr7AoHz
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 12:53pm
“The beauty of N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum doesn’t just happen; it takes the labor of many hands. The same is true for all of the work undertaken by the Ability Garden”
- Heather Kelejian via @StarNewsOnline https://t.co/cG5ZRqxJWh
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 at 2:16pm
Support the Ability Garden on National Sibling’s Day. Have sibling photos taken here at the NHC Arboretum from 9am-1pm on Saturday, April 10th, 2021.
Contact Roberta to schedule your mini session
roberta @applephotography.us
#abilitygarden #nationalsiblibgsday https://t.co/6mVY3k9wg0
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Monday, April 5th, 2021 at 2:53pm
Bees have been the buzz at the Arboretum this spring.
Our gardens have been host to a handful of bee swarms so far this spring. Interested in learning more about the native bees of NC? Check out this article from the @NCWF https://t.co/FrBD3cDO3G
Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 1:49pm
Yoga For All with Caroline Cooley will be taking place Sat, 4/3 at 8:30am. Session will be capped at 15 ppl & will be masks required. Due to the chilly weather, we will be practicing inside education center with lots of room for social distancing. Sign up: https://t.co/zuPiaOb8eO https://t.co/HHCRRFE2jH nhcarb photo
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 at 4:11pm
There are so many wonderful sights to behold in the gardens right now, but the Malus ‘Lousia’ weeping crabapple has been stealing the show this week. Come see her in all her glory between 8am – 5pm each day. This is NOT one to be missed. https://t.co/l7weAlHnJE nhcarb photo
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at 1:01pm
Honey Bee swarms are common right now but not dangerous. If you suspect you have a swarm Do NOT spray it with water or other chemicals. Please contact the New Hanover Country Beekeeper's Association for safe removal: https://t.co/Kzu4hGwmG8 https://t.co/e6fATrc9TC nhcarb photo
Monday, March 29th, 2021 at 4:58pm
Big shout out to everyone who participated & donated to the @newhanovercounty4h Food Drive at
@portcitychurch this past Sat. Donations can be made here at our Admin building until 3/31. Online donations can be made here:
Together we can make a difference https://t.co/ltWCW8Ldas
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NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678
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