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Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 798-7700

Enjoy the pleasures nature has to offer — smell the tulips, admire the azaleas, gaze at the camellias and stand in the shade of the 468-year-old Airlie Oak while visiting this quintessential Southern garden. Stroll curving paths and walkways in this lush natural setting while admiring the majesty of coastal North Carolina native maritime forest trees — live oaks, cedars, pines and wax myrtles. Need a rest? Sit and enjoy the beauty of the overlook and pier while gazing out on shimmering Bradley Creek.

Airlie Gardens was designed in the early 1900s to showcase plants for all four seasons — azaleas and tulips in spring, magnolias and live oaks in summer, and camellias in the fall and winter. Statuary, pergolas and fountains grace the gardens. Bordered by Bradley Creek and salt marshes, these beautiful 67 acres support two freshwater lakes that attract swans, ducks, geese, herons, egrets and more. From January through mid-March, the gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. From mid-March through the end of the year, the gardens are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission costs are $9 for adults, $5 for New Hanover County residents and military, and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 4 are free. Memberships are available and offer benefits such as free admission to the gardens, the Airlie Concert Series and the Enchanted Airlie holiday light display.

 

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