Find a public garden
It’s a good time to get inspired by one or two of the many public gardens blooming in North Carolina. North Carolina Cooperative Extension has posted an interactive map showing all kinds of public gardens: historical, Extension demonstration, arboretum, botanical, natural, rose and others. Search for “public gardens” at the site gardening.ces.ncsu.edu. Meantime here is a small sampling of some.
Airlie Gardens, Wilmington
Historic waterfront plantation estate’s 67 acres.
Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville
77-acre garden located on the Cape Fear and Cross Creek rivers.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Boone
Hundreds of plant varieties, rock garden, pond on three acres.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont
450 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie just west of Charlotte.
Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island
A formal garden that includes a sunken garden and rose garden.
Flora Macdonald Gardens, Red Springs
On the Academy campus, 12 acres.
JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh
White garden, bedding plant trails, Japanese garden on N.C. State campus.
Juniper Level Botanic, Raleigh
Specialty nursery and botanic gardens near Garner with more than 6,000 different plants.
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill
More than 1,000 acres, including display gardens and natural areas.
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville
7-acre site features 10 gardens.
Reynolda Gardens, Winston-Salem
Formal gardens once part of the R.J. Reynolds estate, with greenhouse and conservatory.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
55 acres at Duke University include terraces, native plants garden, Asiatic arboretum.
The North Carolina Arboretum, Blue Ridge Parkway
434 acres near Asheville include art installations, cultivated gardens, bonsai collection.
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Charlotte
Orchids, desert plants, carnivorous and tropical plants.