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: 9am-5pm (Closed noon-1pm)  

Main Office: 910-798-7660

Plant Clinic: 910-798-7680  Open: 10am-4pm

Gift Shop: 910-798-7650   Open: 10am-4pm

Friends of the Arboretum (Memberships/Donatons/Pavers) 910-798-7676 

Facility Reservations & Rentals:  Please use the Facility Reservation Tab above.

Weddings: Please use the Facility Reservation Tab  to request information. 

After Hours Photography (available Monday-Thursday): Please use the Facility Reservation Tab above for availability and rates


American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program 2022 Member Garden

N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum

Gardens open daily from 8am-5pm and no admission fee. Admin office open weekdays from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. The Plant Clinic and Gift Shop are open 10am-4pm on weekdays. The Arboretum is a unique, 7-acre garden with FREE admission, in the heart of New Hanover County where homeowners can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary! The Arboretum is open to the public and is FREE!
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and ArboretumFriday, May 13th, 2022 at 5:03pm
Visit Heal our Waterways at Tidal Creek Co-op tomorrow for a chance to win a rain barrel!
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and ArboretumFriday, May 13th, 2022 at 2:54pm
The 2022 Regional Turfgrass Conference will be held at the New Hanover County Arboretum on June 6th. Attendees can pick from morning (8 a.m.) or afternoon (1 p.m.) program until spaces are filled. Seating is limited due to COVID and there will be NO onsite registration. Morning Program (8 a.m.) link: https://cvent.me/Y7mXzY
Afternoon Program (1 p.m.) link: https://cvent.me/435rE4

Read more at: https://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/2022/04/2022-new-hanover-regional-turfgrass-conference/
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and ArboretumFriday, May 13th, 2022 at 2:12pm
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association grants.
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum
N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and ArboretumThursday, May 12th, 2022 at 4:58pm
Come learn the beautiful art of natural bundle dyeing in the beautiful gardens at the New Hanover Arboretum Sunday, May 22nd from 10am-1pm! 💐🎨✨
Registration Required.

Wondering how to recycle those old floral arrangements? Learn how to extract color from plant matter, locally forged flowers, cochineal bugs, and more. 🌷🦋You’d be amazed at the colors attained by using plants! If you have ever been curious about natural dyes, then bundle dyeing is a great introduction. Bundle dyeing is easy, sustainable, non-toxic and fun!

New hours this year. Open later to allow people who work 9-5pm during the week to shop on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday, April 28th through Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday, May 1st doors open at noon and close at 4 p.m. https://t.co/N1y4YyaPDU
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Native Plant Festival this Saturday. Free and open to all. Activities, exhibits, presentations & food truck at the NHC Arboretum. Plant sales at vendors throughout New Hanover and Brunswick counties. https://t.co/4KyGGh0v2L nhcarb photo
Seeking a Family & Consumer Science agent with a passion to address issues of food insecurity, poverty, and equity by partnering and collaborating with organizations that provide crucial services in nutrition, health and education.

Apply @ https://t.co/bfTLuM85Ap https://t.co/AY0knrR3Cq
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Summer camp is a lot of FUN, but it is so much more than that. Thanks to NHC Farm Bureau, campers at Maides Park & Martin Luther King Center learned all about bees and pollinators while participating in building bee houses, making compound eyes and crafting beautiful butterflies. https://t.co/xF7o77p6U2 nhcarb photo
We are pleased to represent @newhanoverco4h with the latest addition to our flagpole. https://t.co/33U65I135K nhcarb photo
Tomorrow - Join us for the 3rd Saturday Ability Garden Plant Sale 9am - 1pm at the Lewis Greenhouse.
More than 70% of North Carolina potatoes are processed into potato chips, accounting for most of the chip products in the Eastern U.S. NC potatoes rarely spend time in storage, shipping fresh from the farm to chip processors or stores within 2 days. https://t.co/T3mAfGv7Qc
We are thrilled to receive an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) this year. “Stormwater Management Models for the Arboretum” in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy, and Sustainability https://t.co/XQA5EcDWxX
Bonsai lovers mark your calendars. The Cape Fear Bonsai Society invites you to join their monthly meeting the first Sunday of each month, here at the Arboretum. Next meeting: 8/1. For more info click here:
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"Healthy houseplants can improve your well-being"
Heather Kelejian, Director of the Ability Garden & the NHC Extension Therapeutic Horticulture Agent shares with @StarNewsOnline:
Congratulations to @newhanoverco4h Teen Lead Piper Mendenhall for receiving the silver medal in Career & Entrepreneurship. Good luck at the State Competition! https://t.co/if16hK3cWh nhcarb photo
Save the date! Help clean Greenfield Park with @NHCParks July 17th from 10am - 1pm. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. https://t.co/b4H1ZBdR61 nhcarb photo
Looking to reduce your food waste this holiday weekend and beyond? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new resources to inform consumers on how to reduce food waste during the July Fourth holiday: https://t.co/cYjxhY78d9
NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678
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