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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.
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Art in the Arboretum

November 2nd-4th from 10am to 4pm each day

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, live 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.

Admission is $5 at the gate and FREE for Active Military, FOA members and Children under 12.

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.



Would you like to be a donor or sponsor Art in the Arboretum; please call 910-798-7660 for more information.



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.

Come join us at the Arboretum for the Annual Native Plant Festival. Learn about what is native to the Cape Fear Region and get tips on what could succeed in your garden. Stroll through the newly created Native Plant Garden, purchase native plants from local vendors, grab a bite at one of the food trucks. For the kids and “young at heart” there will be music, lawn games, story time, and crafts. It’s free, it’s fun, and the grounds are beautiful!

Visit the Arboretum’s varied garden areas, including the newest demonstration garden dedicated to native plants of coastal North Carolina–a great chance to see what native plants might actually look like in your yard. Learn how to plant a home garden incorporating beautiful native plants that thrive in coastal Carolina. Our natives flourish with less water, fertilizer, and insecticides than many imported, non-native plants.

Admission is free. Parking is free. Remote parking is available at Seagate Baptist Church if the Arboretum lot is full. YMCA vans will be available to shuttle you to the event at no charge.


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Check back with us in November 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