There are many gardens in the Wilmington, North Carolina area that offer local residents membership options. Some of these garden clubs have been established for years and others are newer. There are some that are county owned gardens and others are private. I have selected some of the most beautiful and well known gardens in the Wilmington area to highlight the benefits and details of membership.
Airlie Gardens has been a part of the cultural and ecological beauty of New Hanover county since 1901. It is the garden by the sea with a combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, trails, sculptures, freshwater lakes and the famous 462 year old Airlie Oak.
Airlie Gardens is a very popular site during the Azalea Festival and is often a prime locations for weddings and other outdoor events.
There are several membership options with different benefits with each. For as little as $25.00 annually you can become an individual member. Some of the benefits with this membership include; free admission when open to the public, advance ticket purchase for special events, free trolley to concert series and much more. There are also family memberships, the Dogwood, the Rose, the Magnolia, and the Azalea ranging in price from $50.00 to $1,000.00. The more expensive memberships come with many more benefits. The website gives complete details of the benefits associated with each membership.
This is a beautiful garden and a wonderful way to enjoy outdoor activities. Becoming a member of such a historic and exciting garden is rewarding and beneficial to you and the community.
The Cape Fear Garden Club is the oldest and largest garden club in North Carolina. It is also well known for its involvement in the annual Azalea Festival, hosting the Azalea Garden Tour featuring the beautiful garden and the Azalea Belles, dresses in the famous belle gowns.
To become a member you must join The Garden Club of North Carolina Inc. This will give you access to newsletters, events, fund raisers and special club member events for The Cape Fear Garden Club. There are many lifelong members of this club and they welcome newcomers all the time. There are lots of activities and events associated with the club that you will enjoy and will get you out in the wonderful fresh Wilmington air.
Greenfield Lake and Gardens feature many spring colors and moss covered trees. Here you will also find lots of wildlife such as, herons, egrets and ducks as regular visitors. This garden is located 2 miles south of Wilmington. It includes a five mile pleasure scenic drive that is great during any season of the year.
This is a county owned garden and you should contact the New Hanover Parks and Recreations Department about becoming a volunteer. The website did not list any membership options, but usually you can become a county volunteer at no charge.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy gardening, outdoor activities, and giving something back to the community all at the same time. The Parks and Recreations Department should have complete details of who to contact and what you will need to do to become a volunteer member.
These are just 3 of the most popular and well known gardens and parks in Wilmington North Carolina. Once you join The Garden Club of North Carolina Inc. you will have access to additional garden clubs in the area that you could consider becoming a member of .
There are many benefits to being a member of a garden club such as, the enjoyment you get from working with plants and flowers, outdoor activities that are good for you physically and mentally, and beautification of the community in which you live are all wonderful aspects to being involved with garden clubs in the Wilmington North Carolina area.