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Airlie Gardens300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone Number: 910-798-7700
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: On the historic waterfront plantation estate, the classical post-Victorian European style gardens were designed by the Kaiser's Landscape Designer in the early 1900s. Situated on 67 acres on Bradley Creek with 10 acres of freshwater lakes, the gardens' special highlights include over 100,000 azaleas in the spring, magnolias and live oaks (including the 467 year old Airlie Oak) in summer, and camellias in fall and winter. Statuary, pergolas, and fountains ornament the grounds that contain historic structures.  The Gardens included are: the Spring Garden; the Camellia Garden; the Rain Garden; and the Butterfly House and Garden.  Accessible by walking trail or tram.  Fee.
http://airliegardens.org/
Arbor Gate Teaching GardenAgricultural Building,209-N. Graham-Hopedale Road
Burlington, NC 27217
Phone Number: 336- 570-6740
Region: NC
County: Alamance
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Garden has become central to many of the demonstrations and classes presented by Cooperative Extension staff. The hundreds of plants the Garden contains are clearly labeled, making a self-guided tour useful and informative for visitors who are able to see what a mature version of the plants available at the garden centers look like in the landscape. Arbor Gate is maintained by Alamance County Master Gardeners, all of whom are volunteers.
http://alamance.ces.ncsu.edu/
Arborcrest Gardens205 Evergreen Land
Boone, NC 28607
Phone Number: 828- 265-4873
Region: W
County: Watauga
Type of Garden: Research
Notes: This five acre research and display garden where over 4,000 different varieties of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, evergreens and bulbs, as well as fruits and vegetables have been grown and evaluated to discover those that are best suited for growing in the colder climate conditions of western North Carolina and other similar climatic regions of the USA. Approximately 100 new varieties of plants are added to the trial gardens each year. Currently in the midst of a major expansion/renovation project, a two mile loop trail is being installed that will connect with the existing gardens and wind through a variety of beautiful settings featuring plants suited for open meadows, hardwood forest, creekside as well as wetlands/bog. The trail will also feature a 50′ long footbridge (constructed from locust logs found on the property) that will cross a spring fed creek where hundreds of ferns grow in the cool shade. Once completed, the trail system will be suitable for walking, jogging, nature study or just strolling and enjoying a vast array of different trees, rhododendron, wildflowers, and ferns.
http://arborcrestgardens.org
Arboretum at Johnston Community College245 College Road,
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone Number: 919-209-2052
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: The site has a number of different environments that demonstrate landscaping and naturalizing of similar environments throughout the county. Completed areas include the azalea garden, courtyard garden, kitchen gardens, perennial gardens, and more. Future themes include the southern garden, heritage gardens, a global garden, an ethnobotanica garden, children’s garden, ornamental grass garden and many more that emphasize color, sounds, and fragrances.
http://www.johnstoncc.edu/arboretum/
Arch Sharer Arboretum3400 N Wesleyan Blvd
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone Number: 252-985-5265
Region: NE
County: Nash
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: Although faculty member Dr. Sharer’s love was spiders, he found an interest in vegetation as well. He initiated the planting of a diverse, and abundant, amount of trees on the campus. Noted for its flowering japanese cherry trees, the arboretum consists of various types of plants, trees, and shrubs that are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.
http://faculty.ncwc.edu/ekosal/arboretum/
Bethabara Park2147 Bethabara Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone Number: 910-924-8191
Region: NC
County: Forsyth
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: A National Historic Landmark, this 1753 site of the German-speaking, Protestant settlement of Moravians nestles in a picturesque, wooded 183-acre wildlife preserve with 126 species of birds and 20 miles of nature trails. The museum features a unique, restored and furnished 1788 church, archaeological ruins, Visitor Center with introductory video, exhibits and tours with costumed guides, as well as a reconstructed village, French and Indian War fort. Features colonial, medical, and vegetable gardens, Grounds, gardens, and trails open free of charge, all day, all year.
http://www.cityofws.org/departments/recreation-parks/historic-bethabara
Biltmore Estate1 Lodge St.
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone Number: 800-411-3812
Region: W
County: Buncombe
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: George Vanderbilt’s 250 room French Renaissance Chateau is the largest residential architecture undertaking in America. The estate features acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Enjoy a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park. Take a stroll on the 2.5 miles of paths in the manicured gardens including the Italian Garden, and the all-American Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties. Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://www.biltmore.com
The Blount-Bridgers Gardens130 Bridgers St.
Tarboro, NC 27886
Phone Number: 252-823-4510
Region: NE
County: Edgecombe
Type of Garden: Shade, Kitchen, Native
Notes: Plantation garden - Perennial, shade, kitchen, native plants gardens. Encompasses a square block.
http://edgecombearts.org
Botanical Gardens of Asheville151 Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, NC 28801-3414
Phone Number: 828-252-5190
Region: W
County: Buncombe
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Gardens open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. There is no fee for admission, although donations are always welcome. The 10 acres of garden plantings are represented by over 600 species that are native to the Southern Appalachians. These include many species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vines, grasses and sedges. The Gardens is refuge to over 50 species that are considered uncommon, rare or endangered on a regional, state or federal level.
http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org
Briggs Ave Community Garden1303 South Briggs Ave
Durham, NC 27707
Phone Number: 919-560-0526
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: There is a ¼ acre allotment style community garden, a ¾ demonstration orchard and vineyard – that is currently under construction and will serve as a future site for hands on orchard and vineyard management learning opportunities. There is also a compost demonstration area, and a deer resistant plant/perennial border (to be labeled), and a garden shed with a greenroof. This garden as it evolves will also showcase a home demonstrate garden and the surrounding wooded 44 acres will include future nature trails – but has yet to be developed.
http://nccommunitygardens.blogspot.com/p/briggs-avenue-community-garden.html
Brunswick County Botanical Garden25 Referendum Drive
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone Number: 910-253-2610
Region: SE
County: Brunswick
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Outdoor teaching facility including a botanical garden with grassed walkways of turf recommended for southeastern North Carolina including zoysia, Bermuda, centipede, and St. Augustine plus additional shrubs, trees, and perennials. Includes a landscape demonstration garden, educational interactive tree trail, stormwater management demonstrations, the landscape exercise trail, waterfall, stream, and reflecting pool.
http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/Brunswick%20County%20Botanical%20Garden/
Bullington Gardens95 Upper Red Oak Trail
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone Number: 828-698-6104
Region: W
County: Henderson
Type of Garden: Therapeutic
Notes: A partnership of the Henderson County Education Foundation, Henderson County Public Schools, and the Henderson County NC Cooperative Extension, the gardens is a 12 acre horticultural education center. Once the home and nursery of Bob Bullington, it is now a place for children and adults to learn about gardening and plant science with hands-on workshops. The public botanical gardens include individual herb, butterfly, mountain habitat, and perennial border gardens. Future plans include a therapy garden and a children’s garden.
http://www.bullingtoncenter.org
Burgwin-Wright Museum House & Gardens224 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-762-0570
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Colonial-style gardens designed by two of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned landscape architects, Alden Hopkins and Donald Parker. Consists of seven distinct areas: The orchard with fig and pomegranate trees, crab apple espaliers, azaleas, hyacinths, hostas and more; Two terraced gardens with Italian cypress, beds of lenten rose, grape hyacinth, Chinese nandina, holly fern, echinacea and more; Rose garden with dipping pool, Cherokee and other heirloom roses, Rose-of –Sharon, jonquils, daylilies, hyacinth and more; Kitchen garden with colonial era culinary herbs; Physic garden with medicinal herbs; Parterre garden with dwarf yaupon hollies, formal hedges of cherry laurel, Carolina jasmine vines, crepe myrtles , dogwood and more. The gardens are open to the public free of charge. Visitors may obtain brochures for a self-guided tour in the gift shop.
http://burgwinwrighthouse.com/
Butterfly Pathway1785 Island Rd
Harkers Island, NC 28531
Phone Number: 252-728-1500
Region: SE
County: Carteret
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Carteret County  maintain the educational demonstration gardens at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. The Butterfly Pathway is a flowering garden of highly adapted shrubs and perennials that attract butterflies and other pollinators.  In partnership with the NC Coastal Federation, a wetland, five rain gardens and a cistern have been installed to keep rainwater on the land rather than running into the sound.
http://carteret.ces.ncsu.edu/2012/05/demonstration-gardens-in-carteret-county/
Cape Fear Botanical Garden536 N. Eastern Blvd.
Fayetteville, NC 28301-5100
Phone Number: 910-486-0221
Region: SC
County: Cumberland
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Located on 78 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek, just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. Includes more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens, including the Camellia Collection, Daylily and Hosta gardens, Sundial Garden, Heritage Garden, perennials and nature trail. Open: Mon. through Sat.: 10a.m. - 5p.m., Sun.: 12p.m. - 5p.m. Closed holidays. Admission Fee
http://www.capefearbg.org/
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone Number: 828-693-4178
Region: W
County: Henderson
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The park has an amazing diversity of ecological communities containing forests and woodlands, rock outcrops and cove forests, fields and ponds. The 267 acres is home to at least 519 species of vascular plants (including pink lady slippers) and fourteen different ecological communities. Vascular plant; all seed-bearing plants ( the gymnosperms and angiosperms) and the pteridophytes (including the ferns, lycophytes, and horsetails) and mushroom inventories are available on-line. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. Park grounds are open sunup to sundown for walking and hiking. Admission is free for grounds, trails and barn; no park entrance fee.
http://www.nps.gov/carl/naturescience/index.htm
Carolina Beach State Park1010 B Rd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone Number: 910-458-8206
Region: SE
County: New hanover
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Trails give access to trails displaying more than 30 species of coastal trees, shrubs and flowering plants, including native Venus flytraps.
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/ecology.php
Caswell Avenue Community Garden750 Caswell Avenue
Southport, NC 28451
Phone Number: 910-253-2610
Region: SE
County: Brunswick
Type of Garden: Community
Caswell Community Arboretum144 Court Square
Yanceyville,, NC 27379
Phone Number: 336-694-4193
Region: NC
County: Caswell
Type of Garden: Arboretum, Native
Notes: An all native arboretum and park where trees and plants are grown for exhibition and study. Located on county property in the Yanceyville National Historic District, behind the storied Caswell County Courthouse. Designed by OBS Landscape Architects of Raleigh, the arboretum is 2 acres of diverse native plantings that emphasizes biodiversity and wildlife sustainability.  A ½-mile paved trail guides visitors by the Poteat School House, an old one-room school that was relocated and restored, and the old Caswell County Jail. The trail meanders through the arboretum’s feature gardens, a butterfly garden, an evergreen garden, and a young pine grove. There are benches placed throughout and includes a rustic shelter.
http://caswellhc.org/pdf/caswellcommunityarboretum.pdf
Catawba County Cooperative Extension Demonstration GardenCatawba County Center,1175 S Brady Ave
Newton, NC 28658
Phone Number: 828-465-8240
Region: SC
County: Catawba
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Features a raised bed vegetable demonstration garden with composting demonstration area.
http://catawba.ces.ncsu.edu/
CCCC Student Organic FarmChatham Campus, 764 West Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone Number: 919-545-8031
Region: NC
County: Chatham
Type of Garden: Other
Notes: Developed in partnership with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and with input from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the CCCC Sustainable Agriculture program is about better growing methods. This is a five-acre, certified organic teaching farm; an organically managed outdoor classroom for research, demonstration, and crop production, with year-round vegetable production. Students work with fellow classmates to plant, cultivate, and harvest a variety of produce. The site includes a greenhouse, as well as student-built farm structures including a pole barn, a packing shed and a masonry pizza oven. Open to the public Monday through Friday.
http://www.cccc.edu/sustainableag/
Charles R. Keith Arboretum2131 Marions Ford,, NC
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone Number: 919-929-6383
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: The arboretum preserves a large and diverse collection of temperate woody tree and shrub species for study and enjoyment by researchers, horticultural students, professional horticulturists, and the general public. The majority of the world’s temperate genera are represented in this 4,000 plant collection. Examples of genera represented are Pinus (76 species), Betula (24 species), Quercus (112 species), and Acer (103 species). Approximate totals do not include numerous varieties. Species were obtained through personal collecting, commercial nurseries specializing in rare plants, and from overseas collectors, e.g., J.C. Raulston. Current plant listing: http://www.keitharboretum.org/Inventory_of_Keith_Arboretum.pdf Reservations are not required. Donations are appreciated.
http://www.keitharboretum.org
Chatwood Gardens1900 Faucette Mill Rd,
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone Number: 919-643-2514
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: A beautifully tended 6-acre gardenscape surrounding a historic Federal-style house. Collections of native plants and species; camellia and azalea swaths, a butterfly garden and many large perennial beds and borders, woodland, a formal parterre herb garden and a heritage kitchen garden. The estate is mainly known for its world-famous heritage roses located in a three-room Williamsburg-style walled garden. Open by appointment only. Fee.
http://www.northcarolina.com/attraction_details.html?detailsListingId=ATTRACTIONS_a44bcce68fb7d0ca7e6a0dea8b907c4d
Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature TrailCherokee Indian Reservation
Cherokee, NC
Phone Number: 828-497-7000
Region: W
County: Swain
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: The garden, adjoins Oconaluftee Indian Village on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary) in western North Carolina. Along the half-mile nature trail of the garden are many of the flora of the Smoky Mountains including rhododendrons, mountain laurel, bloodroot, jewel weed, squirrel corn, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica, wild white hydrangeas, asters, pink flowering raspberry, sunflowers, goldenrods, shad-bush, sassafras, tulip trees, and azaleas. Huckleberry, mountain ash, various sumacs, vegetables (Indian corn, pole beans, turnips, and others), zinnias, marigolds, and other plant varieties are included in the 150 species represented.
http://ncpedia.org/cherokee-botanical-garden
Clayton Community Center Demonstration Garden715 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC 27520
Phone Number: 919-553-1550
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Several raised beds have been designed, installed and are maintained by master gardeners and master gardener trained students. Used to teach vegetable gardening by the Johnston County horticultural agent, produce is harvested and donated to the Clayton Area Ministries. Plans are underway to expand the garden to include more varities of vegetables, pollinator plants, and fruit-producing plantings.
http://www.visitclayton.org/things-to-do/outdoor-adventure/756-clayton-community-center
Coker Arboretum399 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone Number: 919-962-0522
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: The Arboretum is open dawn to dusk daily, year-round. Established as an outdoor classroom (5 acres) for study of native trees, shrubs, and vines. The collection consists of a wide variety of plantings including flowering trees and shrubs as well as bulb and perennial displays.
http://ncbg.unc.edu/coker-arboretum
Cove Creek Gardens4505 Summit Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone Number: 336-621-0611
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: In partnership with the NC A & T State University’s School Of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and CES, Guilford County Schools, governmental and local service agencies, the formal public Teaching Gardens promote the art of horticulture and demonstrate conservation of water and native plants, while providing students and the public with opportunities for research, learning and interaction with the natural world. The Gardens, a green space for the Brightwood Neighborhood of Northeast Greensboro, provides a cutting edge Living Laboratory facility for Greensboro, Guilford County, NC students, and the community to participate or observe horticultural endeavors. Native and medicinal plants comprise approximately 70% of the Gardens’ plantings; thousands of naturalized mixed narcissus and daffodil varieties line all of the Walking Trails in CCG’s adjoining green space acreage, and the Park Access Trails bordering the Teaching Gardens. The Park Access Trails lead visitors and students into the rear, adjoining City Park, a passive tree preserve with Walking Trails. Public Open Garden Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 Noon, April - October…November through March, please arrange visits in advance. Student Schedule: Please inquire with school, or through the Gardens’ Office.
http://www.covecreekgardens.org
Craggy GardensBlue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 364)
Asheville, NC
Phone Number: 828-298-5330
Region: W
County: Buncombe
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron. If you miss the peak bloom, violets, blackberry, May-apple, and Turkscap lily burst onto the scene with color in this high-altitude portion of the Parkway. A favorite 1.5 hiking trail, Craggy Pinnacle, leads hikers through a “tunnel” of rhododendron to the summit which offers 360-degree view. Craggy Gardens is approximately 24 miles from Asheville. Craggy Pinnacle parking lot is located Milepost 364.1. Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Milepost 364.6 open Memorial Day through October.
http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/craggy-gardens
Craven County Extension Center300 Industrial Drive
New Bern, NC 28562-5434
Phone Number: 252-633-1477
Region: SE
County: Craven
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Includes a demonstration vegetable garden, display garden for the Eastern North Carolina Rose Society, and a bird and butterfly garden. In cooperation with the North Carolina Urban Tree Evaluation Program, the tree and shrub collection includes 24 species/cultivars of Viburnum.
http://craven.ces.ncsu.edu/cravencountyvirtualarboretum/
Cupola House and Gardens408 S. Broad St.
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone Number: 252-482-4686
Region: NE
County: Chowan
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Featuring parterres, orchard, arbor, and gardens befitting the historically significant 1758 home. The new herb beds took their shape from the lower panels of the Cupola House doors, which is known as the 16th century garden pattern. Every effort is made to grow plants that could have been grown at the house before 1800. Open 9:00 am and 4:30 pm daily.
http://www.cupolahouse.org/gardens.html
Currituck Botanical Garden at the Currituck County Cooperative Extension CenterCurrituck County Center, 120 Community Way
Barco, NC 27917
Phone Number: 252-232-2261
Region: NE
County: Currituck
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: A teaching and demonstration garden for residents that includes an arboretum and features displays of perennials, vegetables, fruit trees, and turf. The adjacent greenhouse provides a unique venue to host “hands-on” educational programs for county residents. Native wetland plants such as sweet flag, creeping water plantain, fragrant waterlily, arrow arum, pickerel weed and softstem bulrush have been planted around the improved stormwater pond. The wildlife garden includes shrubs such as winterberry holly and beautyberry; flowering plants such as purple coneflower and Virginia sweetspire; grasses such as pink muhlygrass; and deciduous trees such as apple serviceberry. The plants are designed to attract small mammals, songbirds and game birds, butterflies and other pollinating insects. The gardens are to demonstrate and encourage the county’s people to incorporate wildlife-friendly plants and native plants into their landscapes.
http://cumberland.ces.ncsu.edu/search-results/?q=Master+Gardener+Demonstration+Garden
Daniel Boone Native Gardens651 Horn in the West Drive
Boone, NC 28607
Phone Number: 828-264-6390
Region: W
County: Watauga
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Open during daylight hours May through October. Opened in 1963, the three-acre gardens are an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species. A project of the Garden Club of N.C., Inc., these public gardens comprise a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, and pond alongside the historic Squire Boone Cabin. Includes several grand vistas. Native plants for sale. Special events offered.
http://danielboonenativegardens.org
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden6500 S. New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012-8788
Phone Number: 704-825-4490
Region: SC
County: Gaston
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Covering 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await the visitor. HGTV named it one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens”. Fee
http://www.dsbg.org
Davidson College Arboretum209 Ridge Road,
Davidson, NC 28035
Phone Number: 704-892-2158
Region: NC
County: Davidson
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: Collection of trees and shrubs on a campus setting. Some 3,000 woody trees and shrubs have been labeled, five of which are considered extinct. Hours: Mon. 9-5, Tues. & Thurs. 9-1:30, Wednes. 1:30-5, Fri. by appt.
http://cmsr4.davidson.edu/offices/physical-plant/arboretum
Davidson County Cooperative Extension Demonstration GardenDavidson County Center, 301 E Center St
Lexington, NC 27292
Phone Number: 336-242-2080
Region: NC
County: Davidson
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The gardens contain mainly ornamental speciment plantings, perennials and annuals. Master Gardeners also maintain a vegetable demonstration garden.
http://davidson.ces.ncsu.edu/
de Hart Botanical Gardens501 N. Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Phone Number: 919-496-2521
Region: NE
County: Franklin
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: 91 acres with prominent areas of Paleozoic granite, deciduous and evergreen forests, natural springs, streams with cascading sections, 1.5-acre lake, and more than 375 flora and 100 fauna species. Considerable number of flora species unidentified. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has designated the Gardens as a bird sanctuary.  The Gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset.  May be rented for events.
http://www.louisburg.edu/about/botgarden.html
Demonstration Garden at Randolph County CenterRandolph County Center,112 West Walker Avenue
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone Number: 336-318-6000
Region: NC
County: Randolph
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: A pathway to guides visitors through the approximately 0.8 acre area that displays forty-two trees and shrubs. Fruit plantings, a pollinator garden, an herb garden, vegetable garden and compost demonstration area are included. The garden is planted and maintained by Randolph County Master Gardeners.
http://randolph.ces.ncsu.edu/2011/12/demonstration-garden-in-downtown-asheboro/
Demonstration Gardens at the Johnston County Extension Center2Johnston County Center, 2736 NC 210 Hwy
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone Number: 919-989-5380
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Gardens include the Diamond-Kelley Border featuring Hardy Banana trees, canna and ginger lilies, dahlias, perennials and abelias and an Entry Garden with mahonia, hydrangeas, lantana, additional flowering shrubs and perennials displayed. Many other flowering trees and evergreens enhance the grounds. A natural area is carpeted with rain lilies. There are four raised vegetable garden beds and an herb garden. Master Gardeners maintain the various display gardens.
http://johnston.ces.ncsu.edu/
Doris Duke Center at Sarah P. Duke Gardens420 Anderson St,
Durham, NC 27708
Phone Number: 919-684-3698
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: An 18,000-sq.-ft. complex complementing the existing landscape of Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Features outdoor terrace, education wing and library, horticultural complex with two greenhouses, and special events hall available for rental. Open :Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission free.
http://www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/doris_duke_center.htm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial GardensMartin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Rock Quarry Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27610
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Memorial
Notes: Conceived, designed and constructed by the Raleigh King Committee, this facility is the first public park in America solely dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic Civil Rights Movement. The memorial features a bronzed life-sized statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is strategically designed to give young people, the handicapped, visually impaired and seniors an opportunity to touch and relate physically and emotionally to the statue. This replica is believed to be the world’s only life-sized statue of King depicted in his Doctorate Clerical Robe. Over 5000 trees, shrubbery and flowering plants accent the park grounds. At night, ample lighting illuminates the statue, grounds and parking areas. Off-street parking is available. It remains open 24 hours per day for self guided tours.
http://www.king-raleigh.org/pgms/gardens.htm
Durham Central Park, Inc.501 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone Number: 919-794-81945
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Urban
Notes: This urban park offers gardens, outdoor/public art, an arts pavilion, trails, a 10,000-sq.-ft. skate park, and other amenities. Adjacent to the Durham Farmers’ Market Pavilion, the park hosts the Durham Craft Market each Wed and Saturday.
http://durhamcentralpark.org/visit
Durham County Extension Master Gardener Demonstration Garden721 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone Number: 919- 560-0526
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The garden comprises of the landscape in front of the building and all of the plants are labeled. This garden is maintained by master gardeners. The focus of this garden is low input plants, easy to grow with minimal water. Part of the garden is in the sun and part is in the shade.
http://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/search-results/?q=Durham+County+Extension+Master+Gardener+Demonstration+Garden
Elizabethan Gardens411 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252-473-3234
Region: NE
County: Dare
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The garden was created as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in the area over 400 years ago. Includes a collection of Renaissance statues, a sound-front Elizabethan-gazebo, a sunken Elizabethan knot garden providing year-round color in the woodland and wildlife gardens. Displays range from hydrangeas to native plants, to perennials and camellias, on ten sound-side acres. Year-long highlights include beautiful winter-time Camellias, spring bulbs, rhododendrons, colorful summer landscapes include hydrangeas and crepe myrtles, native plants, autumn hues of ornamental grasses and salvia, as well as seasonal events. Hours vary seasonally. Admission fee.
http://elizabethangardens.org
Ellen Mordecai Garden1 Mimosa St.
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone Number: 919-857-4364
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The garden is recreated from first-hand descriptions of the Mordecai kitchen garden in the 1830s. It contains vegetables, herbs and flowers that were grown through the 19th century and is arranged in squares of raised beds. Free admission. Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset. Public Tours are not offered when school tours are on site. Please call Tuesday through Friday to check public tour availability.
http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/PRecRecreation/Articles/MordecaiHistoricPark2.html
Elon University Botanical Garden Campus100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC 27244
Phone Number: 336-278-2000
Region: NC
County: Alamance
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Designated a botanical garden in 2005, Princeton Review and the New York Times ranks Elon University as the number one most beautiful college campus with 600 acres of stunning architecture, landscaping, community garden, and certified NWF wildlife habitat.
http://www.elon.edu
Fayetteville Rose Gardens2201 Hull Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number: 910-678-8400
Region: SC
County: Cumberland
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: The Fayetteville Rose Society established the gardens in the early 1970’s at FTCC. The thirty-year-old rose beds display more than 35 types of roses, more than 1,000 individual rose bushes and participates in the All American Rose selection. It is listed as a model garden in the reference book Roses For Dummies. The best times for admiring the blooms are from April until the first winter’s frost. Call ahead and request a rose talk, given by one of the school’s on-staff horticulturalists. Open daily during daylight hours.
http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/things-to-do/wedding-ceremony-locations-special-locations/6238/fayetteville-rose-garden
Fearrington Gardens2000 Fearrington Village Center,
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone Number: 919-542-4000
Region: NC
County: Chatham
Type of Garden: Flower
Notes: Award-winning gardens include approximately 60 garden beds, an herb garden used by the chefs at the Fearrington House Restaurant, several cutting beds used by village florists, and several greenhouses. Fearrington Village is open to visitors seven days a week, year round. Gardens are open to the public; sites may be closed for private events, especially on weekends.
http://www.fearrington.com/farm-gardens-history/our-gardens
Flora Macdonald Gardens201 S. College Street
Red Springs, NC 28377
Phone Number: 910-843-5000
Region: SE
County: Robeson
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Located on the campus where both the buildings and the grounds have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the informal gardens, situated on about 10 acres along the Little Raft Swamp, were originally started by Dr. Charles G. Vardell, the founder of the college. The gardens are known for the variety of azaleas in the spring, camellias, roses and native plants.  Many of the original plants gathered by Dr. Vardell remain as well as many new botanical specimens.  Plants previously lost have been replaced.
Flower Hill Nature Preserve8954 Flower Hill Rd
Middlesex, NC 27557
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: A completely unique microenvironment that survived the retreat of the last ice age to leave a cool, sheltering environment friendly to Catawba rhododendron, galax and other flora more commonly found 200 miles west in the southern Appalachians. In 1988, a grass-roots effort arose to revive and protect Flower Hill after tourism damage had occurred. The Triangle Land Conservancy purchased 10 acres along and atop Moccasin Creek. Flower Hill opened to the public in 1993. A short, half mile trail briefly passes across the bluff’s more Piedmont-like plateau before tiptoeing atop a cliff face cloistered with rhododendron. It’s an impressive collection, as dense as you’ll find in western North Carolina’s Pisgah or Nantahala national forests. As part of TLC’s mission to preserve Flower Hill, both ecologically and culturally, a Rhododendron Ramble is held annually the weekend before Mother’s Day.
http://www.triangleland.org/what-we-do/nature-preserves/flower-hill-nature-preserve
Freedom Park Demonstration Garden2435 Cumberland Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone Number: 704-336-4011
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Located near the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Cumberland and Lilac Avenues, this garden features shade and sun garden beds with wide grassy paths near the main sidewalks and under the trees in Charlotte's busiest central park. Tags identify plant names and growing information. The gardens make good use of undulating berms, providing structure and distinctly different planting strategies with sun or shade exposures. Visitors can easily view the sunny borders, pollinators paradise and shady gardens filled with native shrubs and perennials, vibrant color schemes and a multi-seasonal display. Designed, planted and maintained by Extension Master Gardeners, the garden demonstrates sustainable gardening practices.
http://www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org/plant-list-freedom-park-demonstration-gardens.html
Gateway Gardens2924 E. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone Number: 336-373-2199
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Children's
Notes: A garden entryway into the city that combines a playful and interactive garden and a horticultural oasis integrating elements of history, movement, discovery, and community.  The planned 11 acre site has completed Phase I which includes the Michel Family Children's Garden, the Heritage Garden, Rain Garden, Gateway Plaza & Icon, and the Great Lawn.  Open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.
http://greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/gateway_gardens.php
Gene Strowd Community Rose Garden120 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone Number: 919-968-2790
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: Maintained with the help of Witherspoon Rose Culture, the garden contains over 350 rose bushes of 130 different varieties. The many roses in this garden represent several specific types of the flowers including hybrid teas, miniatures and climbing bushes. Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk
http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=817
Greenfield Park and GardensS. 3rd Street and Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-341-4602
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: With beautiful old Spanish moss-draped cypress trees rising from the 150-acre lake, a 4.5 mile biking and hiking trail around the lake, canoeing and paddle boats, and thousands of flowering plants in magnificent gardens, this 250 acre lakefront park with a pond features live oak trees, azaleas, camellias, roses, and crepe myrtles.  Park amenities include restroom facilities, water fountains, playgrounds, tennis courts, open space, shelters, picnic areas, grills, concession stand, lighted facilities, passive area, and amphitheatre.
http://www.visitnc.com/listing/greenfield-park-and-gardens
Greensboro Arboretum401 Ashland Drive
Greensboro, NC 27403-1369
Phone Number: 336-373-5274
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: Located on 17 acres within a public park, the arboretum displays 10 labeled plant collections and special display gardens with structural elements, including a butterfly-shaped garden with a fountain. Displays include the Dwarf Conifer Collection, the Hosta Garden, the Holly Garden, the Vine Collection, the Landmark Arbor, the Perennial Border, the Bouquet Garden, the Small Tree Collection, the Sun Shrub Collection, the Rose Arbor and Garden, the Shade Garden, a Woodland Trail, the Ground Cover Collection, the Hydrophytic Collection, the Butterfly Garden and Bridge, the Rhododendron Garden, and a Conifer Collection.
http://www.greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/greensboro_arboretum.php
Haywood Hall Museum House and Gardens211 New Bern Place
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: 919-832-8357
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The formal gardens on the east side of the house have been beautifully restored. The Brazilian magnolia tree has been the focal point of the garden for more than 200 years. True to the first owner Eliza Haywood’s original tastes as recorded in her writings and household records, plantings include early roses, crepe myrtles, fig bushes, a Kentucky coffee bean tree, a variety of hydrangeas and many perennial bulbs. In the same location as Eliza’s original “rosearium” as she called her gazebo is Haywood Hall’s third gazebo. Special events and wedding venues available.
http://haywoodhall.org
Helen’s Garden150 E. King St.
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone Number: 919-732-7741
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The garden, located beside the Alexander Dickson House, features 18th- and 19th-century medicinal and herbal plants, along with a variety of flowering shrubs, trees and perennials. Includes a Pollinator’s Garden planted by The Orange County Beekeeper’s Association.
http://www.ci.hillsborough.nc.us/content/gardens-natural-areas
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve2616 Kildaire Road
Cary, NC 27511
Phone Number: 919-387-5980
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Home to a unique community of 400 year old Eastern Hemlock trees and other mountain plant species, including wildflowers. Access to approximately 3 miles of mulched nature trails, scenic overlooks, excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. The Stevens Nature Center provides interactive, educational nature exhibits and historical exhibits from the Piedmont of North Carolina. Several large beds featuring native plants are displayed at the center.
http://www.hemlockbluffs.org/hem-hbnp.html
Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone Number: 910-962-3243
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: A 10-acre memorial botanical garden located on the UNCW campus.  The site chosen includes a wide variety of plant communities which are representative of much of the greater southeastern North Carolina Region.  A short wooded trail leads to the entrance. Once inside, visitors will find marked trails and benches at convenient locations.  Pamphlets, available at the entrance, describe many of the plants and plant communities.  The Preserve is dedicated to the preservation of the rich and varied flora of southeastern North Carolina.  Open to the public during daylight hours every day of the week including weekends.
http://uncw.edu/physicalplant/arboretum/bluethenthal.htm
Hezekiah Alexander Homesite3500 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone Number: 704-568-1774
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Historial
Notes: Behind the formal landscaping and modern architecture of the front of the museum, visitors will find manicured lawns leading to a wandering path through woods and gardens, across a stream and up the hill to the Homesite. While the grounds are a fine place for a picnic, a photography, or simply a leisurely nature walk, they also feature a number of interesting outdoor features and exhibits:
http://www.charlottemuseum.org/HAH.asp
Highlands Biological Station and Botanical Gardens265 N 6th St
Highlands, NC 28741
Phone Number: 828-526-2602
Region: W
County: Macon
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: A refuge and demonstration garden for the diverse flora of the Southern Appalachians and its unique communities. Nearly 500 species for mosses, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs and trees flourish in natural forest, wetlands and old-growth plant communities connected by a series of trails and boardwalks. Several unique demonstration gardens display collections of Native Azaleas, Plants of the Cherokee, Mosses and Liverworts, Wildflower Meadow, Butterfly-pollinated and Rock Outcrop species. The Botanical Garden is free and open to the public year-round from sunrise to sunset. An annual Native Plant Symposium is held each year in September. The gardens are located on Horse Cove Rd. Includes a nature Center that offers exhibits and year-round educational programming focusing on the biodiversity of the southern Appalachian region.
http://highlandsbiological.org/botanical-garden
Horseshoe in the Dogwood417 St. Mary’s Rd.
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone Number: 919-732-1288
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Flower
Notes: Featured in Our State magazine, the romantic, english country-style gardens surround a neo-classic bungalow. An award-winning collection of iris, peonies and other perennials are displayed in a setting that invites visitors to linger in the comfortable seating provided. Visitors may bring a lunch in accordance with the gardens’ carry in/carry out policy. By appointment only. No pets are allowed. Admission Fee of $7.50 charged to cover the cost of garden maintenance.
http://www.visithillsboroughnc.com/content/horseshoe-dogwood
Independence Park Demonstration Garden1418 Armory Dr
Charlotte, NC 28263
Phone Number: 704-336-4011
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: These Demonstration Gardens were designed, planted and are maintained by Extension Master Gardeners for the purpose of demonstrating sustainable gardening practices. Located at the Cooperative Extension offices near Central Piedmont Community College, off 7th Street. the Entry Garden provides a dramatic plantscape design. The Sunny Side Garden shows how little space is needed to grow vegetables, which provide seasonal harvests that are distributed to nearby food pantries. Surrounded by Independence Park, the Demonstration Gardens provide an example of how well a sustainable design can enhance commercial buildings.
http://www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org/independence-park-demo-garden-plant-list.html
Iron Gate Gardens2271 County Line Rd
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Phone Number: 704-435-6178
Region: SC
County: Gaston
Type of Garden: Daylily
Notes: Specializing in daylilies. After over 44 years as an open garden, the owners ask you to call us before you come to visit as they are taking more time for garden visits and conventions.
http://www.irongategardens.com
Jaycee Daylily Garden2405 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone Number: 919-831-6833
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Daylily
Notes: Meander along the brick path through the 50+ collection of daylily cultivars, with companion plantings. They are labeled and maintained by the Raleigh Hemerocallis Club.
http://raleighparks.org/2011/06/08/adventures-at-jaycee-park
JC Raulston Arboretum4415 Beryl Road,
Raleigh, NC 27606-1446
Phone Number: 919-515-3132
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: A nationally acclaimed 10 acre garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast. As part of the NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science, plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes. Plant collections include over 5,000 total taxa of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vines, ground covers, shrubs, and trees from over 50 different countries. Important plant collections include Acer (maple), Aesculus (buckeye), Buxus (boxwood), Cercis (redbud), Ilex(holly), Lindera (spicebush) Magnolia (magnolia), Quercus (oak), Styracaceae (silverbell family), Viburnum (viburnum), and conifers (pines, arborvitae, cypress, etc). Gardens displays include: A. E. Finley Foundation Rooftop Terrace, Asian Valley, Butterfly Garden, Color Trials, Elm Circle, Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, Geophyte Border, Japanese Garden, Klein-Pringle White Garden, Lath House, Mixed Border, Model Gardens, Paradise Garden, Perennial Border, Scree Garden, Southall Memorial Garden, Winter Garden, Xeric Garden. Free and open to the public 365 days each year from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (April through October) and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (November through March).
http://jcra.ncsu.edu/
Joel Lane Museum House Gardens728 W. Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone Number: 919-833-3431
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: A beautiful Neo-Colonial garden featuring espaliered fruit trees, pomegranate trees, a grape arbor and brick walkways. Herb garden features medicinal and culinary herbs. Free admission to garden only. Garden Hours: Daily, sunrise -sunset. Docent-guided tours, which include the historic home, discuss colonial uses of herbs and some modern-day applications. Fee required. Tour Hours: Wed.-Fri., 10am-2pm; Sat., 1-4pm. Last tour begins one hour before closing.
http://www.joellane.org
Juniper Level Botanical Garden9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone Number: 919-772-4794
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: This is commercial nursery Plant Delights’ six acre display garden containing over 17,000 taxa (unique plants). The focus is to determine and showcase the diversity of ornamental plants that will thrive in USDA Zone 7b (with the exception of the Amorphophallus collection). The garden not only functions as a display area, but doubles as a ex-situ conservation, research and development facility. New plants from plant explorations, seed exchanges, breeding programs, and from other gardeners around the world are evaluated for their garden worthiness, their adaptability to the climate of the southeastern US, and their ability to peacefully co-exist with NC natives. Includes a woodland garden, a bog garden, several rock gardens, a southwest garden, a hardy tropical garden, a sunken garden,, a grotto garden, alpine scree bed, shade garden, as well as numerous creeks, along with several perennial and mixed borders, including a stunning 200 foot driveway perennial border installed along the garden exit drive. The bog garden serves as a retention pond for nursery and garden runoff but is fed by natural springs. Features a 20 foot tall walk-underneath waterfall. Open 8 weekends per year, 2 weekends each in winter, spring, summer, and fall. Appointments at other times can be made by interested parties. Group tours are also available with advance scheduling.
http://www.plantdelights.com
Kinston/Lenoir County Children's Garden401 E. Lincoln Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone Number: 252-939-3352
Region: SE
County: Lenoir
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: This garden is sponsored by the N.C. Extension Service and the Lenoir County Master Gardener volunteers. It features raised beds, a composting system and a wide variety of vegetables and flowers, all in a comfortable learning environment for kids.
http://www.kinstonrec.com/facilities.html
Lake Crabtree Water Wise GardenLake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone Number: 919-460-3390
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Using tough, drought plants tolerant requiring very little fertilizer, pesticides and supplemental irrigation, Wake County Master Gardeners transformed a flat patch of grass near the entrance of Lake Crabtree Park to a garden filled with a variety of colors and textures.
Learning Garden at the Gaston Citizens' Resource CenterGaston Citizens' Resource Center, 1303 Cherryville Hwy (NC 279)
Dallas, NC 28034
Phone Number: 704-922-2112
Region: SC
County: Gaston
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Planned in 1990, planted the following year and located behind the CRC, the Learning Garden provides the citizens of Gaston County an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. While enjoying the beauty, visitors can increase their knowledge of plants native to our region and pick up great ideas to use in their own gardens. The plantings are labeled for a self-guided tour. The Learning Garden is maintained by Extension Master Gardeners of Gaston County.
http://gaston.ces.ncsu.edu/search-results/?q=Learning+Gardens
Leffers and Herb Garden at Beaufort Historic SiteBeaufort Historic Site, 100 Block Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone Number: 252-728-5225
Region: SE
County: Cartaret
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Leffers Garden and Compost Demo is a historically correct vegetable and perennials garden fom the 1778 era. The purpose is to demonstrate intensive gardening, vegetable gardening, making and use of compost for a soil amendment, organic gardening. Brochure: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Leffers-Garden-Brochure.pdf The Herb Garden, located behind the Apothecary and Doctor's Shop, features a variety of plants and herbs that are an example of what was used for medicinal and cooking purposes during Colonial times. Both Gardens are maintained by the NC Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers of Carteret County. Fee
http://www.beauforthistoricsite.org/Buildings%20and%20Grounds.html
Leffers Vegetable and Perennial Garden and Compost DemonstrationLeffers Lane
Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone Number: 252-222-6352
Region: SE
County: Carteret
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Leffers Garden and Compost Demo is a historically correct vegetable and perennials garden. The purpose is to demonstrate intensive gardening, vegetable gardening, making and use of compost for a soil amendment, organic gardening.
http://carteret.ces.ncsu.edu/leffers-garden-and-compost-demo/
Legacy/Demonstration Garden3309 Burlington Road
Greensboro, NC 27405-7605
Phone Number: 336-375-5876
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: 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.
http://www.ncstategardening.org/extension_master_gardener/guilford/need_demo_garden
Library Rose Garden249 West Nash St
Wilson, NC 27893
Region: SE
County: Wilson
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: Founded in 1987, the Library Rose Garden features 24 varieties of Hybrid Tea Roses. Many of the varieties were designated as "All American Rose Selections" or have received other significant awards. Eight beds contain over 120 plants providing a continuous blooming season from mid-April until November. Open Daily - Sunrise to Sunset
Magic Wings Butterfly House433 West Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number: 919-220-5429
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Butterfly
Notes: Contains over 250 species of plants, most of them flowering plants that are known to be nectar and pollen sources for our butterflies. The area near the entrance has a fruit and spice theme. Water-loving tropical plants, including gingers and aroids form a steam-side garden. The southwest corner of the conservatory, contains plants that are adapted to drier conditions such as the Shaving Brush tree and Desert Rose. The plantings along the east-wall represent a dense rainforest habitat with trees, vines and understory plants native to tropical rainforests around the globe. Open: Tues–Sat: 10 am – 5 pm; Sun: 12 pm – 5 pm. fee.
http://lifeandscience.org/exhibits/magic-wings-butterfly-house
Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens833 Montlieu Avenue
High Point, NC 27262
Phone Number: 800-345-6993
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Arboretum Botanical
Notes: Beautifying the HPU campus and preserving the environmental surroundings, 21 gardens are featured on site.  Gardens include: the Eleanor Horsey Ridley; Rose; the Culinary Herb; the Woodland Hillside; the Sculpture; the Lake Side; the Faculty & Staff Perennial; the Spirit; the Moon; the Pat Plaxico Climbing Rose; the Deal Shade; the Patrick and Ryan Scarborough Butterfly; the Chapel & Meditation; the Dr. E Roy Epperson; the Knot; the Bio-Retention Cell Rain; and the 9/11 Memorial Bulb Garden.  Also featured are the Azalea Path, the Wisteria Arbor, The Wandering Dogwood Grove, The Espalier, and the Tropical Garden at Maynard Pool.  Guide map boxes by every garden feature a brief layout of the garden and botanical names of the plants.
http://gardens.highpoint.edu/
Marietta Gardens8577 NC Hwy. 904
Fairmont, NC 28340
Phone Number: 910-628-9466
Region: SE
County: Robeson
Type of Garden: Daylily
Notes: An official American Horticultural Society Display Garden specializing in daylilies. Open for business and visitors from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily but please call before arriving.
http://www.mariettagardens.com/
Martha Franck Fragrance Garden303 Ashe Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone Number: 919-733-6192
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Frangrance
Notes: This unique 1.1 acre garden is on the campus of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, and has been a cooperative project between the school and The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. since 1960. It is used as an outdoor classroom that allows visually impaired students and those with multiple physical challenges to experience scent, sound, and touch. Signage and labeling throughout the garden is done in Braille or raised letters. Due to the garden’s location on school grounds, visitors must stop by the office for a visitor’s pass.
http://www.nccu-vitp.net/FranckGarden/
Mason Farm Biological ReserveMason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Phone Number: 919-962-0522
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Located east and south of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s display gardens and Education Center. Obtain permits and $5 key card (refundable upon return) at the NC Botanical Garden Education Center reception desk. The MFBR protects natural areas, supports academic research and public education, and is a place for contemplation and appreciation of the natural world. MFBR proper is 367 acres and contains a combination of forests and old fields that support approximately 800 species of plants. More different species of animals have been recorded at the Reserve than in any other comparably-sized area in the entire Piedmont.
http://ncbg.unc.edu/mason-farm-biological-reserve
McGill Rose Garden940 North Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Phone Number: 704-333-6497
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: Contains over 1,000 roses, plants and herbs. Features sculptures and garden art, an International Working Herb Garden, Meditation Garden for Hospice and Giving Garden. Free admission but donations are requested. Call for reservations.
http://dare.ces.ncsu.edu/outer-banks-arboretum-and-teaching-garden/
Memorial Gardens36 Spring Street SW
Concord, NC 28025
Phone Number: 704-786-8009
Region: SC
County: Cabarrus
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Three-acre 1804 year-round garden entwined through the 200 year old cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church. Those making their way through the garden will find multitudes of plants, gently sloping hillsides, ancient oaks, winding paths, waterfalls, butterflies, sculpted hollies, and intricately carved white Italian marble markers. Especially spectacular annuals beds of spring daffodils and tulips. Tuesday-Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 5:30pm. Free admission.
http://www.firstpresconcord.org/index.php/children
Metrolina Greenhouses16400 Huntersville Concord Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone Number: 704-875-1371
Region: SC
County: Mecklenberg
Type of Garden: Greenhouse
Notes: One of the most automated greenhouses in the United States and is also the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the country. Take a tour of the facilities to learn about how the four main product lines are grown: spring bedding plants, summer annuals, fall mums and pansies, and winter poinsettias. Also learn about the packaging and distribution process for these plants and find out how they end up at national merchandisers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Wal-Mart.
http://www.metrolinagreenhouses.com
Montrose Gardens320 St. Mary’s Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278
Phone Number: 919-732-7787
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: A nationally known complex of gardens begun in the mid-19th century by Gov. William Alexander Graham and his wife. Listed property on the National Register of Historic Places, the grounds include several 19th century buildings, a rock garden, several acres of woodland plantings, and large areas of sunny gardens. The collections grow well in the native clay loam soil and are arranged by color and form. Large unusual trees and shrubs and trellises, fences and arbors enhance the plantings. Masses of snowdrops in early spring, daffodils, and several varieties of cyclamen provide a unique viewing experience. Guided tours available September – May by appointment on Tues. and Thurs. at 10 am and Sat at either 10 am or 2 pm. Tours for groups available by appointment at other times.
https://www.gardenconservancy.org/garden-preservation/gardenpreservationservices/preservation-projects/montrose
Nash County ArboretumNash County Agricultural Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue
Nashville, NC 27856
Phone Number: 252-459-9810
Region: NE
County: Nash
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: The arboretum, surrounding the Nash Co. Agricultural Center, is designed to promote the green industry, urban forest industry and to educate home gardeners. It includes the Tranquility Garden, Seasons of Life Garden, Juniper Garden, Holly Garden, Rose Garden, Patriot Garden, Master Gardener Volunteer Garden, Terraced Garden, 4-H Garden and Demonstration Screen. Nash County Master Gardeners and other volunteers collaberated in the design, creation and continue to maintain the arboretum.
http://nash.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/64/Arboretum%20Design.pdf
New Hanover County Extension Arboretum6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone Number: 910-798-7666
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Cape Fear Peninsula, with its surrounding water, affords this area with warmer winter nights and cooler summer days. Some of the best plants in the North and South thrive in this unique location. Encompassing 7 acres of gardens and plantings dedicated to demonstrating the best plant species for southeastern North Carolina landscapes, proper horticultural technique, aesthetic design, environmental stewardship and research, the garden displays over 4000 species of native and introduced trees, shrubs, and flowers. Includes: Gathering, Japanese, Water, Children’s, Herb, and Perennial Gardens. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational.
http://www.nhcgov.com/Arboretum/Pages/TheGardens.aspx
Niche Gardens1111 Dawson Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone Number: 919-967-0078
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Retail nursery for native and unusual perennials, grasses, ferns and shrubs. Featured display gardens help educate customers about winter form in the garden, early spring bloomers, native plants, gardening for butterflies and wildlife. Unique garden art. Free guided walks each Sat. at 10 am from March - June and Aug. - Nov. rain or shine.
http://nichegardens.com/garden/visiting.html
North Carolina Botanical GardenMason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Phone Number: 919-962-0522
Region: NC
County: Orange
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Open: Weekdays: 8 am – 5 pm. Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 – 5 pm The display gardens offer a variety of setting in which to view North Carolina’s native plants and their cultivars including a Native Plant Border, Native Plant Water Collection, Carnivorous Plant Collection, Garden of Flowering Plant Families, Horticultural Therapy Demonstration Garden, Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden, Fern Collection, and Totten Center Landscape. Separate Habitat Gardens feature plants native to : Coastal Plain and Sandhills, Piedmont, and Mountains. Education Center on site.
http://ncbg.unc.edu
North Carolina Zoological Park4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone Number: 800-488-0444
Region: NC
County: Randolph
Type of Garden: Zoo
Notes: At 2,000 acres, this is the world’s largest walk through zoo and one of only two state-owned U.S. zoos. The natural habitat site is home to more than 1,100 animals. Extensive gardens and naturalized areas are home to over 1,500 plant species, many rare. The zoo is also involved in project to restore population of endangered native Schweinitz’s sunflower as well as maintain and encourage other natives. A new hiking trail to the top of Purgatory Mountain is open. Park Hours: November to March- 9am to 4 pm.; April to October- 9am to 5 pm. Admission fee.
http://www.nczoo.org/conservation/index.html
Orchid Trail Greenhouses402 Church St.,
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone Number: 919-362-1062.
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Orchid
Notes: With over 2,500 orchids, this is probably one of the largest private collections in North Carolina. The Collection includes a wide variety of orchid genera, but Dendrobium and Cattleya dominate. Visitors and guests are always invited to view the collection and discuss orchid culture with staff. A full range of Orchid care services is offered along with viewing the orchids in 21,000 sq. foot of greenhouses. Greenhouse phone number
http://www.orchidtrail.com
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden215 S Main St,
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone Number: 336- 996-7888
Region: NC
County: Forsyth
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Two acres featuring 15 gardens showcasing 1,300 different kinds of plants. Award-winning perennial border. The Pattern garden features the largest spring bulb display in the Triad. Includes a kitchen garden.
http://www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org/
Pearson's Falls2748 Pearson's Falls Road (off of US Hwy 176, 3 miles south of the City of Saluda or 4 miles north of the Town of Tryon)
Saluda, NC 28773
Phone Number: 828-749-3031
Region: W
County: Polk
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Pearson's Falls is a 248 acres of pristine undisturbed forest: a wildlife and bird sanctuary with over two hundred species of rare indigenous wildflowers and plants. There are also mosses, lichens, shrubs and trees in this Glen, which is classified as a deciduous climax forest. There is a beautiful one-third mile trail that follows a picturesque mountain stream. At the end of the hike there is a gorgeous 50 foot waterfall. A small admission fee is charged for the upkeep of the area that is owned and maintained by The Tryon Garden Club. A restroom with composting toilets, the first of their kind in NC, have recently been added for the convenience of visitors. Closed during the month of January.
http://www.pearsonsfalls.org
Pitt County Arboretum403 Government Circle
Greenville, NC 27834
Phone Number: 252-902-1709
Region: NE
County: Pitt
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The arboretum is made of over 18 gardens that demonstrate what can be done in eastern North Carolina Landscapes. Gardens featured include perennial,, rose, mixed, children’s, butterfly, wildflower, fire hydrant, herb, vegetable and container. There is also a landscape area of plants for wet sites.
http://pitt.ces.ncsu.edu/Pitt+County+Arboretum
Poet's and Dreamer's Garden701 W. Monroe Street
Salisbury, NC 28144-5298
Phone Number: 704-638-5500
Region: SC
County: Rowan
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Located at Livigston College, the garden includes a biblical garden, Shakespeare garden, and an international garden.
Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham MarketplaceChatham Marketplace, 480 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone Number: 919-542-2643
Region: NC
County: Chatham
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The demonsteration garden was designed by the Chatham County Cooperative Extension to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. Listing of plants: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ChathamMarketplacePlantListforWeb2.pdf
http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorgarden/
Powell’s Gardens9468 U.S. 70E
Princeton, NC 27569
Phone Number: 919-936-4421
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Flower
Notes: A combination retail nursery and display garden featuring a large collection of irises, daylilies, hosta, and perennials.  Open year round, 10- 6, Monday through Saturday.  Peak season July-August.
Raleigh Rose Garden301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-7267
Phone Number: 919-821-4579
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: One of three accredited gardens in the Carolinas, the Raleigh Rose Garden at RLT is the display garden for all new roses presented by the All American Rose Society. The 61/2 acre hilly site include sixty beds with 56 varieties of roses with hybrid teas, floribundas, grandifloras, miniatures and antiques that bloom from late May until fall’s first frost in October or November. May be reserved for special events.
http://www.raleighlittletheatre.org/about/rosegarden.html
Reynolda Gardens100 Reynolda Village
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone Number: 336-758-5593
Region: NC
County: Forsyth
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Restored early 20th century formal gardens.  The Conservatory features an educational display of plants from around the world, including orchids, bromeliads, cacti, aroids, and palms. With the restoration of the 1917 sunken 2 ½ acre garden, the plants included in the Greenhouse Garden are replicated as closely as possible to the original list.  Includes four theme gardens: the Pink and White Garden; the Blue and Yellow Garden; and two Greenhouse Rose Gardens.  Japanese-style tea houses, pergolas, two fountains, perennial and shrub borders, a central lawn, and specimen trees are also featured.  Approximately 2 acres in size, the Fruit, Cut Flower and Nicer Vegetable Garden is divided into beds and borders separated by post-and-rail fencing and crushed gravel walkways. Garden shelters continue the Japanese-style building theme. Within the original footprint of the design, these gardens combine historical plantings with modern plants and horticultural techniques. The Playhouse, located on a knoll above the garden, is not open to the public.  Free.  Visitors admitted during daylight hours year-round.  Plants from the Growing Houses are available for purchase.
http://reynoldagardens.org/
Ribbonwalk Nature Preserve4601 Nevin Rd
Charlotte, NC 28269
Phone Number: 704-598-8857
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: A 188-acre urban forest, with 3 miles of hiking trail is located only four miles from the city center. The preserve protects a diversity of forest and wetland habitats, including one of the oldest American beech tree groves in the region; at least three dozen American Beech trees are estimated to be 150-200 years old. The preserve is traversed by Irwin Creek and a couple tributaries, has two ponds, a wetland bog, and several old field habitats. Home to 106 herbaceous plant species and 78 species of woody plants. No permanent restroom facilities as yet.
http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/parkandrec/stewardshipservices/naturepreserves/pages/ribbonwalk.aspx
Roan MountainNC Hwy. 261/ TN Hwy. 143
Carver's Gap, NC
Region: W
County: Mitchell
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: The 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. The Rhododendron Gardens atop the 6,327 foot peak of the massive Roan, in three natural masses, cover an area of 600 acres. They comprise the largest display of blooming rhododendron to be found anywhere in the world today with peak blooms usually during late June. Peak leaf colors for fall are usually October 10 to 20th.
http://www.roanmountain.com
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Phone Number: 910-695-3882
Region: SC
County: Moore
Type of Garden: Teaching
Notes: The 32 acre campus teaching site of SCC includes the Ebersole Holly Garden, the Rose Garden, the Conifer Garden, the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden, the Atkins Hillside Garden, the Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Hackley Woodland Garden, Ambrose Japanese Garden and the Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden. Visitors should begin with orientation and information at the Ball Visitors Center. Free. Open daily. Hours: Dawn to Sunset.
http://sandhillshorticulturalgardens.com
Sarah P. Duke Gardens420 Anderson Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Phone Number: 919-684-3698
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: The 55 acres of woodland and formal gardens is consistently on the top 10 ten list of public gardens in tripadvisor and Southern Living. Four distinct gardens, each with its own focus and flavor, are featured; Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. There are five miles of walkways and pathways throughout the Gardens with many shaded benches. Includes a cafe, gift shop and visitor center. Walking and trolley tours available. Admission is free. Open 365 days from 8 a.m. to dusk.
http://gardens.duke.edu
SEEDS Educational Garden706 Gilbert St.
Durham, NC 27701
Phone Number: 919-683-1197
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Teaching
Notes: Located near the Golden Belt Arts Complex East of Downtown Durham with a small example garden adjacent to the Durham Farmer’s Market, South Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces (SEEDS) has two non-profit community gardens tended by local residents. Includes composting facilities, outdoor classroom and art gallery, as well as cut flower, organic vegetable, and medicinal herb gardens. Available for special event rentals.
http://www.seedsnc.org/
Silvermont Park & Mansion Gardnes364 East Main Street
Brevard, NC 28712
Phone Number: 828-885-2017
Region: W
County: Transylvania
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Wander the 3/4-mile trail winding past a Woodland Garden of native plants, a Learning Garden where vegetables, fruit bushes and pollinator plants grow in season, and a rain garden that manages storm water on the property. Transylvania County Master Gardeners care for these gardens. The grounds also include an ornamental conifer garden with many native trees that have graced the property for as long as 100 years.
http://silvermont.org/
Stoney Creek Butterfly GardenStoney Creek Park, 2200 East Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone Number: 919-739-7480
Region: SE
County: Wayne
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: EMGVs designed and maintain a butterfly garden in the middle of Stoney Creek Park in cooperation with Goldsboro Parks & Rec. The butterfly garden provides ideas of plants for the landscape for attracting butterflies along with other pollinators. An overhead view of the garden reveals the garden is made up of 4 sections or “wings” to create the shape of a butterfly.
http://www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/park_stoneycreek.aspx
Tangier Bicentennial Gardens1105 Hobbs Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone Number: 336-373-3655
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Flower
Notes: Known for its massive annual plantings and bronze sculpture, this 7.5-acre garden is a popular and relaxing retreat featuring azaleas, bulbs, camellias, perennials, annuals, roses, and a fragrance and herb garden.
http://greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/bicentennial_garden.php
Tanglewood Park Arboretum and Rose Garden4201 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC 27012
Phone Number: 336-703-6401
Region: NC
County: Forsyth
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: A Forsyth County Park, the arboretum is located behind the manor house. The gardens showcase plant varieties from around the world and native flora and herbs. Gardens: Annuals; Fragrance, Butterfly; Children’s; Cottage; Rock; and Winter Interest. The rose garden contains 800 bushes, 400 of which are American Rose Society winners. At least, 75-100 are in bloom continually through the season. The arboretum is maintained by Cooperative Extension Service, Forsyth County Center.
http://www.forsyth.cc/parks/tanglewood/arboretum.aspx
Teaching garden at Wayne Regional FairgroundsWayne Regional Fairgrounds, 2801 US 117 S.
Dudley, NC 28333
Phone Number: 919-735-7277
Region: SE
County: Wayne
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: EMGVs design and maintain a vegetable and flower garden that are on display during the 10-day Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair (late September to early October) each year. Gardens are redone each year to provide fairgoers with a visual representation of best practices in the garden and landscape.
http://www.waynefair.com
Teaching Gardens at Union County Agricultural CenterUnion County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone Number: 704-283-3822
Region: SC
County: Union
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: A National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat, the gardens provide diverse habitats for continuing education and enjoyment. Includes a Compost Demonstration area, Woodland Garden area. Fruit and Vegetable Bed, Blueberries, a Winter Interest Garden, 4-H Fruitful Garden and Greenhouse. The Cottage Garden consists of six beds, a White Bed, a water bath garden and two back beds which are under developmen. Additionally, a rain garden is under development. A Fairy Garden was installed with a stepping stump playground, a cedar tabletop and sitting area. An arbor, benches, sculptural elements and a surrounding split rail fence complement the various garden designs. All the gardens, designed, planted, and maintained by Master Gardeners, have been developed with plants and trees which grow well in Union County and are suited for their location in the garden.
http://www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org/teaching-gardens.html
The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park:1101 Hobbs Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone Number: 336-373-2574
Region: NC
County: Guilford
Type of Garden: Bog
Notes: This garden features an elevated boardwalk which meanders through 7 acres of natural wetlands. Stone pathways traverse a forested hillside and visitors can enjoy the sounds of water at Serenity Falls, a re-circulating waterfall. More than 8,000 individually labeled trees, shrubs, ferns, bamboo and wildflowers and wild roses. The garden and lake is a haven for native and migratory waterfowl. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.
http://greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/bog_garden.php
The Calvin Jones House Gardens414 N. Main Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Phone Number: 919-556-2911
Region: NE
County: Franklin
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The gardens are particularly beautiful in late spring when the colorful hues of blooming salvia, daisies, phlox, and catmint blend to create the perfect perennial border for a traditional country home.  Daylilies and perennials line the brick walk leading to the front steps and across the north side of the lawn.
http://wakeforestmuseum.org/category/gardens-and-grounds/
The Campus Arboretum at Haywood Community College185 Freelander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
Phone Number: 828-627-2821
Region: W
County: Haywood
Type of Garden: Arboretum
Notes: The arboretum encompasses the 83 acre college campus and is open daily without charge. An early inventory recorded 880 trees including 22 native species, many averaging 100 years old. Arboretum staff has since added a further 87 species of trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Includes a 1 acre rhododendron garden containing 75 varieties of rhododendron, conifers, dahlia garden featuring over 250 varieties, rose garden, herb garden, perennials, greenhouse, fruit tree orchard, and nature trail.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haywood_Community_College
The Gardens at Old Salem924 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-5335
Phone Number: 910-721-7360
Region: NC
County: Forsyth
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Showcasing horticulture practices of the Moravians in Salem from 1769 to 1847, each individual garden features elements and materials compatible to the date of interpretation of the lot.   A re-established landscape recalling early Salem, native trees and shrubs have been reintroduced,  historic fencing styles, separate lots and meadows, and gardens are featured throughout the historic area.  The Single Brothers' Garden is planted with examples of what the Brothers would have grown in their kitchen garden, as well as examples of their field crops  The Family Gardens and Orchard Lot are planted with the styles and plant materials common in the backyard gardens of Salem prior to 1850.  The Miksch Garden and House displays the garden in its central role in the early Moravian household.  The Triebel Lot Garden is re-created from Der Up-Land Gartten and the Hortus Medicus garden plans.  They are the earliest discovered American garden plans with accompanying plant lists and are in the collections of the Moravian Archives Bethlehem and Winston-Salem, respectively.
http://www.oldsalem.org/gardens.html
The Gardens at the North Carolina Executive MansionNorth Carolina Executive Mansion, 200 N Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: 919-733-3871
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: The garden is entered through a wooden pergola (arbor) covered by the Trier variety of climbing rose. The garden peaks in May when the roses in the old-fashioned Rose Garden, peonies, iris, and daisies are in bloom. The lawns are shaded by venerable oaks and magnolias. Small beds of hollies and small dogwoods line the main walk. Colorful beds of plantings admired by Victorian gardeners, such as elephant ears and cannas, create a background for more traditional southern selections, including azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. The brick wall that surrounds the house and a privet hedge give the garden a sense of intimacy and privacy. In the spring, the garden is a magnificent display of pansies and tulips that are replaced by colorful annuals during the summer months. The Kitchen Garden, located behind the mansion at the kitchen entrance, provides herbs for cooking and flowers for floral garnishes. A brick retaining wall creates two levels for the garden. On the lower level is a small wall niche fountain; on the upper level is a large brick outdoor grill. The Vegetables and Herb Garden provides produce for year-round use in the mansion kitchen. A Woodland Play Area is located to the far rear of the east lawn. Shaded by a sugar maple, the area is planted with shade-loving perennials and naturalized woodland plantings. Wooden play equipment, a birdbath, and birdfeeders are featured. Numerous additional borders and plantings exist throughout the grounds. Artwork, sculptures, pots and birdbaths by NC artists provide garden accents.
http://www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/EXEC/gardens.htm
The Heirloom Garden at WNC Nature CenterWestern North Carolina Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Phone Number: 828-259-8080
Region: W
County: Buncombe
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Heirloom Garden near the entrance to the Nature Center features heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and perennials. Fee
http://www.wncnaturecenter.com/
The Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden300 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Region: NE
County: Dare
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Adjacent to the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center. An outdoor classroom providing horticultural education highlighting the coastal ecosystem and property enhancement. Plantings and planting practices suitable to the coastal climate are tested and labeled on site. Open 365 days a year. Self-guided brochures available.
http://dare.ces.ncsu.edu/2013/08/the-outer-banks-arboretum-and-teaching-garden/
The Wayne County Veterans Memorial224 E. Walnut Street
Goldsboro, NC 27539
Phone Number: 919-739-7480
Region: SE
County: Wayne
Type of Garden: Memorial
Notes: A public park honoring our military. More than 50 varieties of plants and trees welcome you as you walk through the main entrance. Also features a Pavilion, Jaycees’ Vietnam Memorial, SJAFB Sculpture and the Wayne County Granite Map which honors the war dead identified within each township of the county. Open sunrise to sunset
http://www.goldsboroparksand rec.com
Toad Song Farm and Lavendar Labyrinth14765 Buffalo Rd
Clayton, NC 27527
Phone Number: 919-553-2992
Region: SE
County: Johnston
Type of Garden: Flower
Notes: Home to the unique, fragrant and lovely lavender labyrinth. Available plants are for sale from the greenhouses and may include perennial plants, zonal geraniums, herbs, edible plants and hanging baskets. During the growing season, herbs are dried and hand crafted items are made from the farm resources. Hours: M-Sun. 8-8. Check the calendar for scheduled events. Special events can be arranged.
http://www.toadsongfarm.com/
Tryon Palace and Gardens529 South Front Street,
New Bern, NC 28562-5614
Phone Number: 800-767-1560
Region: SE
County: Craven
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Featuring 16 acres of formal gardens on the grounds, this historic site is the restored palace of the first royal governor of North Carolina. Includes a formal lawn and camellia collection. The Maude Moore Latham Garden and the Gertrude Carraway Garden are formal parterres. The Kellenberger Garden reflects the Colonial era. Revealing the splendor of Victorian era are the Commission House, the Dot Tyler, and the Hay House Gardens. Other gardens displayed are the green (knot style), the Stanley House, the Stoney Flower, and the Kitchen. The Etteinne-Mitchell Riverside and the Wilderness Gardens includes a diversity of native plants. The spring display includes daffodils, huge numbers of tulips and many other spring flowers. Fee for palace tours. Garden admission may be separately purchased. Garden Hours March 1 - May 31 - gardens open until 6 p.m. June 1 - September 5 - gardens open until 7 p.m. September 6 - October 31 - gardens open until 6 p.m. November 1 - February 28 - gardens open until 5 p.m.
http://www.tryonpalace.org
Turner House Demonstration Landscape110 Brooks Ave
Raleigh, NC 27695
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Home to the North Carolina Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program, the grounds around the Turner House are designed to demonstrate how to create a wildlife friendly area by landscaping with native plants.  Students from the Leopold Wildlife Club removed exotic plants, installed  native NC plants and created paths to make a wildlife habitat in an attractive setting.  Plants are identified and a corresponding brochure available by download from www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/turnerhouse.pdf‎. The gardens are featured in the video: http://www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/whygo/video.html.
http://www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/turnerhouse.pdf‎
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens9201 University Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone Number: 704-687-0720
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Botanical
Notes: Ten acres consist of the McMillan Greenhouse (Carnivorous and Bog Plants, Desert Succulents, Orchids and Tropical Plants), Susie Harwood Garden (Asian and Winter Garden), and the Van Landingham Glen (native azaleas, rhododendron collection). The outdoor gardens are open: 7 days a week, daylight hours. The Greenhouse is open: Mon - Sat: 10 am – 3 pm. Sun: 1-4 pm
http://gardens.uncc.edu
University of North Carolina at Wilmington Arboretum601 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone Number: 919-962-3000
Region: SE
County: New Hanover
Type of Garden: Natural, Historical
Notes: Majestic live oaks and stately longleaf pines provide the framework for the transformation of the university landscape into this outdoor classroom.  Theme gardens and the placement of plant identification signs have created new learning opportunities.  An old fashioned Southern garden within its highly visible front quadrangle,  plants of yesterday fill the space that is bordered by the first three buildings built on the university's campus. An assortment of plants make up the Heritage Garden. Spireas, azaleas, boxwoods, English ivy, banana shrub, and fragrant osmanthus provide much of the framework for the garden. Over 50 species of old fashioned perennials create a vibrant composition and invoke memories of  grandmother's garden.  Included in the garden are daisies, foxglove, columbine, verbena, hosta, hollyhocks, lambs ear, blackberry lily, dianthus, and many, many more. Additionally, because herbs played such an important role in early American gardening, they were also included in the garden.
http://uncw.edu/physicalplant/arboretum/index.htm
Waterwise Garden at the NC State FairgroundsN.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone Number: 919-821-7400
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Wake County Master Gardeners designed, developed and maintain the garden to demonstrate waterwise landscaping practices, including plant selection, efficient irrigation, and mulching. The garden site is an embankment between the Heritage Village and the corner of the Flower Show. A stone walkway, seating, and instructional signage provide a spot for visitors ro enjoy the garden and learn about waterwise practices. Labeled ground covers, ornamental grasses and woody ornamentals create a peaceful garden spot. Includes a small rain garden.
Wayne Community GardenWayne County Public Library, 1001 East Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone Number: 919-735-1824
Region: SE
County: Wayne
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Used primarily for children's programs, various community organizations implemented this garden on the grounds of the Wayne County Public Library. Serving a diverse group of Wayne County youth and adults, the goal is to cultivate plants and people through gardening. Known as the “garden of understanding”, it represents the spectrum of nationalities of its residents by featuring “an ethnic garden”. Garden maintainence is aided by Wayne County Master Gardeners.
http://waynefoods.wordpress.com/our-work/wcpl-summer-garden-program/
Wayne County Cooperative Extension Demonstration GardenWayne Extension Center, 208 W Chestnut St
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone Number: 919- 731-1521
Region: SE
County: Wayne
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: Gardens at the Wayne Count Cooperative Extension Office exhibit landscape plants adapted for Wayne County. Gardens demonstrate proper horticulture practices along with plant and design ideas one can take back to their own landscape. The gardens also provide hands on training for EMGVs and the public.
http://wayne.ces.ncsu.edu/
Wetland and Rain Gardens At the North Carolina AquariumPine Knoll Shores Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Phone Number: 800-832-3474
Region: SE
County: Cartaret
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: A rainwater collection site and flowering garden of shrubs and perennials adapted to wet soils, the purpose of this garden is to demonstrate both the beauty and function of wetland and rain gardens. This garden provides a showcase for plants that add year-round interest and beauty to the landscape and a habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. In these gardens, look for the showy flowers of blue flag, cardinal flower, swamp sunflower, button bush, marsh mallow, seashore mallow, and pickerelweed. Bald cypress, inkberry, pepperbush, and many other native trees, bushes, perennials, grasses, sedges, ferns and perennials are featured. The variety of many beautiful native plant species creates a long flowering season. A bog garden, complete with carnivorous pitcher plants is adjacent to the rain garden. Unique coastal plants are adapted to this habitat.
http://carteret.ces.ncsu.edu/2012/05/files/library/16/2%20Aquarium%20Brochure.pdf
Weymouth Gardens555 East Connecticut Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone Number: 910-692-6261
Region: SC
County: More
Type of Garden: Historical
Notes: Three acres of gardens surround the Boyd home with formal and informal displays. An English cottage style set of parallel beds, two pools filled with unusual tropical lotuses and water lilies, a long line of Japanese cherries, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and other flowering shrubs under longleaf pines fill both types of areas. One acre is devoted to native trees and shrubbery creating a small wilderness for wildlife. The Poet’s Garden and Garden for Meditation are part of the Writer’s Retreat that is open to the public. Butterfly attracting flowers are featured in the Butterfly Nursery along with host plants. The grounds also includes Witch’s Gardens, found in many parts of England. Gardens and grounds are open daily.
http://www.weymouthcenter.org/weymouth-gardens
Wilkes Community College Arboretum1328 S. Collegiate Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone Number: 336- 838-6100
Region: NC
County: Wilkes
Type of Garden: Therapeutic, Natural, Historic, Rose
Notes: Includes the Eddy Merle Watson Garden of the Senses featuring Braille-labeled plants with sculptured music and alphabet walls; the two-hundred year old Whitley Cabin; the Vernon and LouIise Deal Native Gardens featuring a one-mile walking trail; the Ruth Colvard Rose Garden; the Robin Joines Student Plaza and Gardens; The Sara Mills Japanese Garden; a children's playground; picnic areas; and duck pond.
http://www.wilkescc.edu/default2.aspx?id=2978
Wilson Botanical Garden1806 SW Goldsboro St.
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone Number: 252-237-0013
Region: SE
County: Wilson
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The Wilson Botanical Gardens collections includes an arboretum (trees), turf grass species, bird and butterfly gardens, perennial, daylily, ornamental grasses, native plants and hosta, pond side/heritage garden, and culinary and medicinal herb garden.  The Children's Secret Garden has a garden tunnel, rain wall, stream, tire swing, slide, musical court, dino dig and labyrinth with gong.  Sponsored by the Wilson County Extension Master Gardeners, the garden will continue to expand and encompass 11 acres.
http://www.wilsonbotanicalgardens.com/
Wilson Rose Garden1800 Herring Avenue
Wilson, NC 27893
Phone Number: 252-399-2261
Region: SE
County: Wilson
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: This All America Rose Selections Public Garden offers over 1100 rose plants, consisting of 165 varieties of various types ranging from historic old garden roses to modern hybrids, to David Austin's modern English roses.  Includes 63 varieties of All American Rose Selections award winners, inducting the advance releases of roses selected for the next calendar year available only in MRS public gardens.  An excellent collection of new and old roses.  A 25 foot tall Whirligig by local and internationally known folk artist, Vollis Simpson, is located at the lower edge of the garden.
http://wilsonrosegarden.com/
Wing Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary248 Ridgewood Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209-1632
Phone Number: 704-331-0664
Region: SC
County: Mecklenburg
Type of Garden: Natural
Notes: Actually two gardens spaces. Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden features woody plants, climbing vines , herbaceous plants and bulbs and the largest Stewartia pseudocamellia in Mecklenburg County. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary was created Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson. The gardens, enclosed on all sides by brick walls, encompass almost three acres and includes lovely vistas, formal gardens, and woodland areas.
http://www.winghavengardens.com
Witherspoon Rose Garden3312 Watkins Rd.
Durham, NC 27707
Phone Number: 919-489-4446
Region: NC
County: Durham
Type of Garden: Rose
Notes: This commercial nursery and horticulture maintenance organization offers lovely display gardens with over 2,000 rose bushes. A formal Anniversary Garden features 600 roses along with pathways, a colonnade, and fountain. A diverse selection of roses, perennials, ornamental grasses, unique pots, planters, fountains, and birdbaths are for sale. Gardens best for visiting May-October. Free admission. Special events with guided tours may be available. Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am – 5 pm
http://www.witherspoonrose.com
WRAL Azalea Gardens2619 Western Boulevard,
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone Number: 919-821-8699
Region: NE
County: Wake
Type of Garden: Azalea
Notes: The 5-acre property contains the WRAL-TV’s studios, the corporate offices of Capitol Broadcasting Company and the WRAL Gardens. The Gardens showcase a full range of flowering and foliage plants that are typical in a Southern garden. Featured plants include over 2,000 mature azaleas, as well as dogwoods, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas displayed among walkways, fountains and planters.
http://www.wral-gardens.com
Xeriscape Demonstration GardenMoore County Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave. Agricultural Center
Carthage, NC 28327
Phone Number: 910-947-3188
Region: SC
County: Moore
Type of Garden: Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Notes: The garden displays drought-tolerant, native plants suited to Moore County. Residents are encouraged to use them to reduce water use and dependancy as well as to create a sustainable environment. The gardens are maintained by the county Master Gardeners.
http://moore.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/63/Aug%20MGV%20dig%20this%202011.pdf
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