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Mission Statement

The Friends of the Arboretum supports programs and gardens at the New Hanover County Arboretum through both memberships and fundraising. 


Love gardening? Love the New Hanover County Arboretum? Join us if you are interested in supporting this wonderful place. LEARN MORE


There are many different ways to volunteer with the Friends of the Arboretum. LEARN MORE


Make a donation to help with costs, maintenance and other expenses. LEARN MORE


The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum (i.e. The Friends) is a non-profit, 501 c (3) fund raising organization whose purpose is to provide financial support to the New Hanover County Arboretum for the maintenance of its gardens and their improvement. Come grow with us! Friends of the Arboretum will help assure the Arboretum’s continuing development and preservation. Contributions from the Friends will be used for construction of new facilities and purchase of plant materials for the maintenance of existing gardens, as well as upgrades to the gardens.



You met that special someone,

fell in love,

now say "I do" 

at the romantic New Hanover County Arboretum.

It is the perfect venue for an intimate garden wedding now in full bloom.  We can follow the state's health guidelines while still providing a breathtakingly beautiful day.  

Have your wedding in Wilmington's real hidden jewel!!!!



The New Hanover County Arboretum is a beautiful place to explore native plants, have a picnic, or take a relaxing walk. Children and adults alike will delite in the gardens, koi pond, picnic area and so much more!

Listen in to some of the reasons visitors love the New Hanover County Arboretum. (Click play button to start the video).

Upcoming events

  • 28 Sep 2021 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In August, 2020 a task force was created to explore the development of Eagle Island as a nature park.  The mission was to explore the implementation of a nature park that would serve recreation, conservation, and education type purposes.

    Since that time the task force has been hard at work putting together a visioning document.  The work will be completed soon and available to the public for study.

    The following links highlight information and partners pertaining to the project.

    Coastal Dynamics Design Lab

    North Carolina State University

    Preserve Eagle Island 

    Facebook Feature on the Park

  • 5 Jun 2021 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Between November 2020 and May 2021 the Arboretum hosted an exhibit of the art created by Dorothy Gillespie.  This exhibit marked the 100th anniversary celebrating her life and artistic contributions.

    A recent donation to the Arboretum made it possible to have a piece of her art on permanent display.  You can find it hanging from the ceiling of the Gatehouse.

    Here is a photo of the item.



Gardens: 8AM - 5PM
Admin: 9AM - 5PM
Plant Clinic: 10AM - 4PM

Gift Shop: 10AM - 4PM

CONTACT:  Sophia Gilmore

Phone: (910) 798-7676

Mailing Address:

6206 Oleander Dr.

Wilmington, NC 28403

Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Located at 6206 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

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