• March 11, 2014

10 North Carolina Gardens Perfect for Picknicking

Work up an appetite strolling through these North Carolina gardens.


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1. Airlie Gardens

300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, N.C.
Adults $9 / Children $3
Airlie continues to amaze visitors with its breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, more than 100,000 azaleas and the grandeur of the 467-year-old Airlie Oak.
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2. Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, N.C.
Adults $9 / Children 6-17 $7
Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. Find a wonderful collection of Renaissance statues and much more adorned by an ever-changing palette of year-round color from hydrangeas to native plants, perennials and camellias on ten sound-side acres.
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3. Cape Fear Botanical Garden

536 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, N.C.
Adults $10 / Seniors $9 / Children 6-12 $5
Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located on seventy-eight acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville.  Founded in 1989, the Garden now boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens, including Camellia, Daylily and Hosta gardens.
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4. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C.
Adults $9 / Children $3
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons. Spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await guests.
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5. Wing Haven Gardens

248 Ridgewood Ave, Charlotte, N.C.
Adults $6 / Under 18 Free
The Wing Haven Gardens include non-profit gardens and a bird sanctuary. These 3 acres, owned by the Wing Haven Foundation, are a Charlotte treasure. The Foundation prides itself on Cultivating sanctuary in nature, environmental stewardship and the legacy of southern horticulture.
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6. North Carolina Botanical Gardens

100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Free Admission
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is part of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This “conservation garden” functions on the guiding mission to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.
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7. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

420 Anderson Street, Durham, N.C.
Free Admission
Duke Gardens is recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United States, renowned for its landscape design and high quality horticulture. Each year, more than 300,000 visitors come to Duke Gardens from all over the world. Duke Gardens features 55 acres of specialized gardens in the heart of Duke University.
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8. North Carolina Arboretum

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville
Parking $12 per vehicle
434 acres nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America, with 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, one of the finest bonsai collections in the Southeast, and engaging programs and exhibits for all ages.
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9. Highlands Biological Station Botanical Garden

265 N. 6th Street, Highlands, N.C.
Free Admission
The Highlands Botanical Garden was established in 1962 as a refuge and demonstration garden for the diverse flora of the Southern Appalachians and its unique communities.  Nearly 500 species of mosses, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs and trees flourish in natural forest, wetlands and old-growth plant communities connected by a series of trails and boardwalks
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10. Asheville Botanical Gardens

151 W.T. Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC
Free Admission
The Asheville Botanical Gardens is represented by over 600 species that are native to the Southern Appalachians. These include many species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, grasses and sedges. The Gardens is refuge to over 50 species that are considered uncommon, rare or endangered on a regional, state or federal level.
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NOTE: Gardens hours are not listed as they change seasonally. Please click on the gardens’ links to find more information.


Erin Reitz

Erin Reitz

Erin Reitz is the digital associate at Our State.