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Airlee Gardens: New Hanover County Resident Free Day

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Image Credit: Airlee Gardens Facebook page

Airlee Gardens

300 Airlee Road

Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

Garden Hours | Daily 9am – 5pm, last admittance at 4:30PM

Closed | Mondays (Jan & Feb), July 30th, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Plan your visit:

Since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy a self-guided walk through holiday lights & music. 

New Hanover County Resident Free Day

July 3, 2022

The first Sunday of each month, New Hanover County residents, students and employees are admitted to Airlie Gardens FREE of charge! TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE. 

Events at Airlee:

Environmental Education:

Airlie Gardens is a 67 acre historic garden containing formal gardens, wildlife, ten acres of lakes, more than 75,000 azaleas, the tall Airlie Oak which dates back to 1545, and a seasonal butterfly house all located two miles west of Wrightsville Beach. Walk the trails or ride a tram to discover landscapes where something is always in bloom.

Don’t miss the Bottle Chapel dedicated to Minnie Evans who was the gatekeeper of Wilminton’s Historic Airlee Gardens form 1949 TO 1974, and is considered one of America’s most important visionary artists.

Link to the website:

Image Credits: unless otherwise noted

Image Credit: The Bottle Chapel, designed & erected by artist & illustrator, Virginia Wright-Frierson.

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