Garden Etiquette

To keep the gardens beautiful and safe for all our guests, please abide by these rules/requests

  • Dogs, on a leash, are allowed in the gardens. Please bring bags or use those provided to pick up after your pets.
  • Active sports and games are not permitted. Prohibited games and activities include, but are not limited to: football, baseball and soccer
  • Please do not stand or walk in the garden beds, on the walls, or climb the trees.
  • Do not pick the flowers or shrubs.
  • Bicycles are not allowed in the gardens. There are designated spots out front near the parking lot.
  • Please do not play in the water features.
  • All outdoor flames including candles and grills are prohibited.
  • Amplified music or noise making devices are not permitted, unless preapproved by the Arboretum staff.
  • The Arboretum is a smoke free campus. this includes vaping and e-cigarettes.
  • Filming and commercial photography permits are issued by NHC Govt. (910) 798-7177. New Hanover County requires a minimum of three business days advance notice to process applications.
  • Children under 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult.


NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum: 6206 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7660 • Fax 910-798-7678