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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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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 3rd 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. Local vendors of native plants currently scheduled are Grizz’s Nursery, Heather Kelejian, Joyce Huguelet, Lumber River Nursery, My Garden Plants Company, Olski’s Heirloom Nursery, and Shelton Herb Farm.

Horticultural experts will give presentations on plants, pollinators, and storm-water management. More than two dozen education exhibitors and vendors will offer information on plants, soil, water, pests and pest control, bees, trees and birds. There will be a seed swap and seed give-away, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Children and adults alike will love Audubon’s “Discover the Wonder of Birds” exhibit, and the raptor rescue exhibit is bringing a live bird of prey! Librarians from New Hanover County Public Library will bring gardening books that you may check out as if you were at the library, and Susan Savia will bring her guitar and sing songs for children. More activities for children will include garden activities, making crafts, a scavenger hunt, and lawn games.

Three food trucks are scheduled, with sweet and savory offerings: Granny Niece’s Ice Cream, T’Geaux Boys, and The Little Chef Food Truck.

New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District will offer a rain barrel as a door prize.

Admission is free. Parking is free.

Speaker Schedule:

9:00-10:00 Introduction to our SE Coastal Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society
Michael Abicht, Co-chair, SE Coastal Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society

10:00-11:00 Stormwater 101
Dru Harrison, Director/ & Community Conservationist, New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District

11:00-12:00 Weird Native Plants
Larry Mellichamp, Author of “Native Plants of the Southeast” *

12:00-1:00 50 Native Pollinators
Will Stuart, Photographer for “Native Plants of the Southeast” *

1:00-2:00 Early Women Botanists
Jean Woods, President, North Carolina Native Plant Society

2:00-3:00 Invasive Plants
Zachary T. Long, Assistant Professor of Coastal Plant Ecology, UNCW

3:00-4:00 Rain Gardening: Creating a Runoff-Reducing, Water-Quality Enhancing, Attractive Landscape Feature
Geoff Goss, Watershed Coordinator, Heal Our Waterways Program

All seminars will be held in the auditorium.

* Dr. Larry Mellichamp will be available to sign copies of his book, “Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden.” (Time to be determined.)

The Native Plant Festival is sponsored by: New Hanover County Arboretum, New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener Volunteers, Cape Fear Audubon Society, Southport Native Plant Society, Southeast Coast Chapter of NC Native Plant Society, New Hanover County Public Library, and Cape Fear’s Going Green.

Check our Facebook page to see photos of last year’s event! For more information, please call the Arboretum at (910) 798-7680 or Valerie Robertson at (910) 547-4390.

Please share to invite your friends and neighors!

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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!

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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