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New Hanover Cooperative Extension Arboretum
6206 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 798-7660

This 7-acre teaching and learning facility with 33 gardens is the only educational arboretum in southeastern North Carolina. The arboretum was formally opened in 1989 and is still in development. These gardens rank among the finer theme gardens in the area. Boardwalks and paths wind through a profusion of plants, grasses, flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, and there is plenty of shaded seating. Several sections, such as the Herb Garden with its variety of medicinal, culinary, fragrance and tea species, are sponsored by local garden clubs. Other themed gardens include the Rose Garden's Heritage roses, a hands-on Children's Garden and the Aquatic & Bog Gardens, some of the largest in the state. The arboretum also has an Ability Garden which helps physically and/or mentally challenged individuals learn about and experience the joys of gardening.

Working in cooperation with the N.C. State University Cooperative Extension, the arboretum also offers community services and educational programs on a variety of skill levels up to Master Gardener courses. The arboretum assists commercial and private horticultural enterprises and helps residents create attractive home landscapes. This last mission is served by their plant clinic and the Garden Hotline, (910) 798-7680, where volunteer Master Gardeners field questions about horticulture from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Need a special gift for a gardener? Don't miss the delightful variety of gifts and gardening books available at The Potting Shed gift shop in the Hutaff Visitors Center. The shop is open from 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Admission to the arboretum is free. Donations are welcome and much needed. Funding is primarily by individual and corporate sponsors, volunteers, fund-raising events and local garden clubs. Volunteer docents lead tours on request during extension office hours Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Self-guided tours are permitted daily from dawn to dusk. (The gates are closed but not locked during this time.) Enter the grounds from Oleander Drive (U.S. Highway 76) immediately east of Greenville Loop Road and west of the Bradley Creek bridge. And, yes, the arboretum is available for weddings.

 

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