Arboretums and Public Gardens
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1 North Pack Square (Exit 50 off I-40)
Asheville, NC 28801
800-543-2961 or 828-274-6333
Gardens (75 acres) designed by Frederick Law Olmsted for America’s largest private home - George Vanderbilt’s chateau. Includes: Italian garden, shrub garden, walled English garden, azaleas, roses, conservatory, arbors, flowering bulbs, rhododendrons, annuals
Botanical Gardens of Asheville
University of North Carolina - Asheville
151 Weaver Boulevard (near UNC-A, Exit off US 19/23/70)
Asheville, NC 28801-4297
Features native trees, shrubs, and flowers on a 10 acre site next to University of North Carolina at Asheville. Includes: woodland trails, garden for blind, azaleas, botany center, wildflowers, native trees and shrubs
15 miles NE of Asheville
Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 364)
A network of trails (600 acres) on the Blue Ridge Parkway featuring an abundance of wildflowers, rhododendrons, and azaleas in a natural setting.
North Carolina Arboretum
Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 393, off Hwy 191)
A 426 acre garden under construction. Currently includes: plants with promise, quilt garden, stream garden, heritage garden, garden trails, native azaleas, terrace garden, water garden, educational center
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
591 Horn in the West Drive (off US 421/ 321)
Boone, NC 28607
A 10 acre collection of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Features include: bog garden, fern garden, meditation garden, and a log cabin
Tocane Ranger District
PO Box 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
704-682-6146The Roan is famous for its natural gardens filled with a potpourri of wildflowers and rare plants, but the plant most acclaimed for beauty is the Catawba rhododendron. Part of the North Carolina National Forest. On old US 19-E in Burnsville.
Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail
Cherokee Indian Reservation (off US 441)
828-497-2315 or 828-497-2111
Features herbs and vegetable gardens of the Cherokee Indians and a nature trail.
University of North Carolina - CH
(near Morehead Planetarium)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Outdoor classroom (5 acres) for study of native trees, shrubs, and vines
Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden
120 South Estes Drive (off US 15/501 Bypass)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
A small rose garden (1/2 acre) with 600 bushes. A learning garden adjoins it that features annuals and perennials.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
University of North Carolina - CH
Mason Farm Road (off US 15/501 Bypass)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Garden (600 acres) focused on North Carolina native plants. Features include: habit gardens for coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain regions; nature trails, ferns, rare plants, herbs, and poisonous plants
919-542-4000 exit 265
Formal perennial garden, herb and kitchen garden, cutting garden, white garden
Charlotte / Belmont
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012-8788
A relatively new (400 acres) botanical garden under construction. Current features include: perennials, woodland trail, canal garden, cottage garden, kitchen garden, and visitors center
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Highway 49 (University City Boulevard)
Charlotte, NC 28223
704-547-4055 or 704-547-2364
Features include: nature trail, large rhododendron collection, winter garden, greenhouse with orchid collection
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
248 Ridgewood Avenue (off Selwyn Avenue)
Charlotte, NC 28209-1632
Three acres of formal gardens and controlled natural areas with focus on attracting birds; roses, wildflowers, herbs, ferns, woodland garden
Historic Mill Hill Plantation Gardens
7117 Stirewalt Road (Hwy. 136)
Features include: formal garden, white garden, secret garden, Anglo-Chinese garden, historic plantation home
Three acres of gardens entwined through the 200 year old cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church
Haywood Arboretum and Horticultural Gardens
Haywood Community College
Jones Cove Road (off US 19/23/70)
Clyde, NC 28721-9453
828-627-2821 or 828-627-4640
Display gardens located through out the campus including: rhododendron garden (1 acre), dahlia garden, rose garden, nature trail, conifers, perennials
Davidson College Arboretum
Davidson College (I-77, Exit 30)
Davidson, NC 28036
Collection of trees and shrubs on a campus setting.
Magic Wings Butterfly House
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Murray Avenue (take Duke St Exit off I-85)
Exotic butterflies and their tropical habitats
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve
Snow Hill Road
A native area (84 acres) featuring trails with trees and wildflowers along the Eno River.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University, West Campus
Durham, NC 27710
55 acres of woodland and formal gardens featuring native plants, seasonal color, camellias, roses, Asiatic trees and shrubs
Witherspoon Rose Garden
near 15-501 and I-40
A demonstration rose garden adjoining Witherspoon Rose culture(nursery).
Cupola House and Gardens
Fayetteville / Godwin
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
536 N. Eastern Blvd. (Hwy. 301/Business 95)
Fayetteville, NC 28301-5100
A relatively young botanical garden located on the Cape Fear and Cross Creek Rivers. Features include: camellia collection, daylily garden, nature trail, perennials, sundial garden, heritage garden
6778 Herb Garden Farm Road
Godwin, NC 28344-9712
A demonstration herb garden adjoining Rasland Farms.
Corner of Cornwallis Drive and Hobbs Road
A city garden (7 1/2 acres) featuring azaleas, bulbs, camellias, perennials, annuals, roses, and a fragrance and herb garden.
Corner of Hobbs Road and Starmount Farms Drive
The garden and lake is a haven for native and migratory waterfowl. Plant features include: wildflowers, ferns, trees, wild roses.
W. Market Street at Lindley Park
The arboretum (17 acres) features include: small tree collection, ground cover garden, butterfly garden, winter garden, hydrophilic garden, shade garden, as well as annuals and perennials
Legacy Demonstration Garden
Cooperative Extension Center
3309 Burlington Road
A one acre demonstration site was started in 1990 by reclaiming a vacant overgrown field. Master Gardeners with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, using donated materials from corporations and individuals have created a variety of garden demonstrations that offer the general public a hands-on learning classroom.
Pitt County Arboretum
The Pitt County Arboretum is located on the grounds of the Agriculture Center at 403 Government Circle, Greenville NC 27834
The Bullington Center
33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
215 South Main Street (exit 14 off of Business I-40)
Kernersville, NC 27284
Manteo, NC 27954
A formal garden memorializing the settlers of "The Lost Colony". Features a sunken garden, rose garden, woodland and wildlife garden, camellias and rhododendrons, overlook terrace, with statuary through the garden.
Craven County Extension Center
300 Industrial Drive
New Bern, NC
Includes demonstration vegetable garden, display garden for the East ern North Carolina Rose Society, and a bird and butterfly garden. Cooperator with the North Carolina Urban Tree Evaluation Program. Tree and shrub collection includes 24 species/cultivars of Viburnum.
Tryon Palace and Gardens
610 Pollock Street
New Bern, NC 28562-5614
Formal gardens on the grounds (14 acres) of the restored palace of the first royal governor of North Carolina.
Pinehurst /Southern Pines
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
Sandhills Community College
2200 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
A campus teaching garden (27 acres) with formal and informal areas featuring: large holly and conifer collection, fruit and vegetable garden, wetland trail, woodland garden, camellias, azaleas, succulents, streams
Gardens at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
555 East Connecticut Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Three acres of gardens surround the Boyd home with formal and informal areas featuring water gardens, rose garden, formal garden, perennial beds, camellias, butterfly gardens, woodland gardens.
Raleigh / Cary
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
4415 Beryl Road (off Hillsborough Street and I-440 near State Fair grounds)
Raleigh, NC 27606-1446
Mail address: JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
Research garden (8 acres) for testing new plants. Features include: white garden, bedding plant trails, perennial border, Japanese garden, rose garden, world class collection of redbuds, magnolias, styrax, junipers, and select trees, vines, and shrubs.
Jaycee Daylily Garden
2405 Wade Ave.,
Raleigh, NC, 27607
Massive collection of daylily cultivars
Ellen Mordecai Garden
Mordecai Historic Park
Corner of Wake Forest Road and Mimosa Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
Small antebellum kitchen garden featuring herbs
Juniper Level Botanical Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919- 772-4794 or e-mail
The gardens currently contain over 6,000 different plant species and cultivars, of which 1,500 are woody and the rest perennials. Include a man made grotto garden, a southwestern garden, a rock garden, a bog garden, an aquatic garden, and much more. Tours should be scheduled in advance.
Raleigh Rose Garden
301 Pogue Street (near NC State University; off Hillsborough Street; behind Raleigh Little Theater)
Raleigh, NC 27607-7267
Collection of hybrid teas, florabundas, grandifloras, English, and tree roses
WRAL Azalea Gardens
2619 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-821-8555 or 919-879-1061
The garden behind the station includes over 2,000 mature azaleas with companion trees and flowers.
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
2616 Kildaire Road
Cary, NC 27511
A naturally occurring stand (400 year old) of Canadian hemlocks and wildflowers that normally occur in western North Carolina. Includes: nature center, trails, wildflower garden
Flora Macdonald Gardens
201 College Street
Red Springs, NC
An informal garden along the Little Raft Swamp featuring a collection of azaleas, camellias, roses, and native plants.
2138 Wentworth Street (off Hwy. 29 and NC 14 North)
Reidsville, NC 27320-7304
A 22 acre country estate featuring: 1922 restored home, herb garden, goldfish pools, Chinese pagoda garden, perennials, bulbs, annuals, rose garden, and native plants.
Poet's and Dreamer's Garden
701 W. Monroe Street
Salisbury, NC 28144-5298
Includes a biblical garden, Shakespeare garden, international garden
Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park
Lake Drive at Annandale Avenue
A haven (15 acres) for wildlife featuring wildflowers, magnolias, azaleas, woodlands, streams, and pathways.
Wilkes Community College Gardens
Collegiate Drive (near exit 268 off US 421)
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Theme gardens through out the campus including: Japanese garden, conifer garden, native garden, garden for the senses, rose garden, vegetable garden, wildflower meadow, and a log cabin.
on Airlie Road (just before Wrightsville Beach Bridge)
Wilmington, NC 28403
Historic waterfront plantation estate (67 acres) that features camellias and azaleas.
S. 3rd Street
A lake front park featuring bald cypress and live oak trees, azaleas, camellias, roses, and crapemyrtles.
New Hanover County Extension Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive (near Greenville Loop Road)
Over 4,000 species of native and introduced trees, shrubs, and flowers in 32 theme gardens (6 1/2 acres) including: daylily, vegetables, rose garden, children’s garden, aquatic and bog garden, camellias, and a shade garden.
Orton Plantation Gardens
18 miles south of Wilmington NC 133
Winnabow, NC 28479
Plantation garden (20 acres) on the Cape Fear River, includes formal and informal areas. Features: large live oaks and native trees, azaleas, radial garden, white garden, scroll garden, sun garden, view of old rice fields
Wilson Rose Garden
NC 42 East, just inside US 301 Bypass
An excellent collection of old garden roses and new hybrid roses
Wilson Botanical Garden
Wilson County Agricultural Building,
1806 SW Goldsboro St,
Includes an extensive tree collection, turf grass demonstration plots, perennial beds, and an exhibit of native plants. A recently completed youth garden is designed to encourage hands-on participation in planting ornamentals and harvesting food crops. Will encompass six acres when completed.
Winston-Salem / Clemmons
2147 Bethabara Road (off University Parkway)
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
A colonial Moravian community vegetable garden, nature trails, and restored buildings.
924 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-5335
A community garden in a restored 1766 Moravain village featuring vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
Wake Forest University
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106-5117
An early 20th century formal garden (4 acres) featuring: new and old roses, vegetables, herbs, perennials, conservatory and nature
The Arboretum at Tanglewood
Arboretum and Rose Garden
4201 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC 27012
A county park that includes an arboretum, fragrance garden, and a rose garden. Tanglewood arboretum is maintained by Cooperative Extension Service, Forsyth County Center.
This list of public gardens in North Carolina was originally compiled
Erv Evans, Retired Consumer Horticulturist, NC State University
Last Updated: Spring, 2011