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Arboretums and Public Gardens
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
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
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
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
Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail
Features herbs and vegetable gardens of the Cherokee Indians and a nature trail.
The Bullington Center
Outdoor classroom (5 acres) for study of native trees, shrubs, and vines
Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden
A small rose garden (1/2 acre) with 600 bushes. A learning garden adjoins it that features annuals and perennials.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
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
Formal perennial garden, herb and kitchen garden, cutting garden, white garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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
Features include: nature trail, large rhododendron collection, winter garden, greenhouse with orchid collection
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary
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
Features include: formal garden, white garden, secret garden, Anglo-Chinese garden, historic plantation home
Haywood Arboretum and Horticultural
Display gardens located through out the campus including: rhododendron garden (1 acre), dahlia garden, rose garden, nature trail, conifers, perennials
Davidson College Arboretum
Collection of trees and shrubs on a campus setting.
Magic Wings Butterfly House
Exotic butterflies and their tropical habitats
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve
A native area (84 acres) featuring trails with trees and wildflowers along the Eno River.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
55 acres of woodland and formal gardens featuring native plants, seasonal color, camellias, roses, Asiatic trees and shrubs
Witherspoon Rose Garden
A demonstration rose garden adjoining Witherspoon Rose culture(nursery).
Cupola House and Gardens
Fayetteville / Godwin
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
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
A city garden (7 1/2 acres) featuring azaleas, bulbs, camellias, perennials, annuals, roses, and a fragrance and herb garden.
The garden and lake is a haven for native and migratory waterfowl. Plant features include: wildflowers, ferns, trees, wild roses.
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
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
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden
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.
Tryon Palace and Gardens
Formal gardens on the grounds (14 acres) of the restored palace of the first royal governor of North Carolina.
Craven County Extension Center
Includes demonstration vegetable garden, display garden for the Eastern 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.
Pinehurst /Southern Pines
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens
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
at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities
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.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Mail address: JC Raulston
Arboretum, NC State University, Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
Jaycee Daylily Garden
Massive collection of daylily cultivars
Ellen Mordecai Garden
Small antebellum kitchen garden featuring herbs
Raleigh Rose Garden
Collection of hybrid teas, florabundas, grandifloras, English, and tree roses
WRAL Azalea Gardens
The garden behind the station includes over 2,000 mature azaleas with companion trees and flowers.
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
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
An informal garden along the Little Raft Swamp featuring a collection of azaleas, camellias, roses, and native plants.
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
Includes a biblical garden, Shakespeare garden, international garden
Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park
A haven (15 acres) for wildlife featuring wildflowers, magnolias, azaleas, woodlands, streams, and pathways.
Wilkes Community College Gardens
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.
Historic waterfront plantation estate (67 acres) that features camellias and azaleas.
New Hanover County Extension Arboretum
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
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
An excellent collection of old garden roses and new hybrid roses
Wilson Botanical Garden
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.
A colonial Moravian community vegetable garden, nature trails, and restored buildings.
An early 20th century formal garden (4 acres) featuring: new and old roses, vegetables, herbs, perennials, conservatory and nature
The Arboretum at Tanglewood
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