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Mission Statement

The Friends of the Arboretum supports sustainability efforts and programs affiliated with the NC Cooperative Extension and 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).

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

Gift Shop: 10AM - 4PM

CONTACT:  Angela Pearsall

Phone: (910) 798-7670

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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