Find a public garden - Carolina Country

Find a public garden

Find a public garden
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville

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 Meantime here is a small sampling of some.

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

Historic waterfront plantation estate’s 67 acres.
(910) 798-7700

Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville

77-acre garden located on the Cape Fear and Cross Creek rivers.
(910) 486-0221

Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Boone

Hundreds of plant varieties, rock garden, pond on three acres.
(828) 264-6390

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont

450 acres along the banks of Lake Wylie just west of Charlotte.
(704) 825-4490

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

A formal garden that includes a sunken garden and rose garden.
(252) 473-3234

Flora Macdonald Gardens, Red Springs

On the Academy campus, 12 acres.
(910) 843-4995

JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh

White garden, bedding plant trails, Japanese garden on N.C. State campus.
(919) 515-3132

Juniper Level Botanic, Raleigh

Specialty nursery and botanic gardens near Garner with more than 6,000 different plants.
(919) 772-4794

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill

More than 1,000 acres, including display gardens and natural areas.
(919) 962-0522

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville

7-acre site features 10 gardens.
(336) 996-7888

Reynolda Gardens, Winston-Salem

Formal gardens once part of the R.J. Reynolds estate, with greenhouse and conservatory.
(336) 758-5593

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

55 acres at Duke University include terraces, native plants garden, Asiatic arboretum.
(919) 684-3698

The North Carolina Arboretum, Blue Ridge Parkway

434 acres near Asheville include art installations, cultivated gardens, bonsai collection.
(828) 665-2492

UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Charlotte

Orchids, desert plants, carnivorous and tropical plants.
(704) 687-0720

Comments (2)

  • Nice, I have visited most of these gardens and they look even better in person, I am thankful to have had the option to do some of the landscaping in Fayetteville

    Lawn Doctor |
    May 19, 2020 |

  • I am sure all the gardens mentioned are beautiful. Surprised to see the Biltmore not listed, but perhaps because you have to pay such a high fee to get on the property? Another smaller but beautiful garden is on the John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. They grow all their food for the students. The flowers in our little town of Murphy are breathtaking as well, but it seems we are 2nd class citizens to the rest of NC……

    Alice Miller |
    August 12, 2021 |

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