Events

September 21, 2022

Accessible Bird Outing

Birding is fun for everyone! Join Educators and Jill from Wild Bird & Garden for a guided tram ride around the gardens to some of our bird hotspots. Ideal for birders of any experience level who may not have the mobility to walk for extended periods of time, who can board and exit our tram.

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September 28, 2022 - October 12, 2022

Yoga in the Gardens

Airlie Gardens is excited to have Longwave Yoga for a fall series! Join us each Wednesday from 5:00PM - 6:00PM to enjoy the blissful surroundings of nature's magic on our Oak Lawn.

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September 29, 2022

Pollinator Garden Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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October 2, 2022

New Hanover County Resident Free Day

Free admission for New Hanover County Residents the first Sunday of each month! One New Hanover County ID is valid for 2 adults and accompany children under 18. Additional adults must purchase general admission tickets. Tickets must be reserved in advance and can sell out. Please bring proof of residency upon arrival. Photo by Anna Taylor.

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October 7, 2022

Tree Walk

Join Educators on a walk through the grounds to learn about the various tree species throughout the garden! Highlights will include both native and introduced species and the history of the grounds and its plantings.

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October 8, 2022

Take Part in Nature Art

Join Airlie Educators on a deep dive of one of the greatest illustrators for the study of insects, Maria Sibylla Merian. We will explore her scientific illustrations and discoveries of butterfly metamorphosis! Airlie Staff will then provide materials and offer a step-by-step how to on creating your own biological illustration to take home!

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October 11, 2022

Owl Prowl & Evening Birding

Join Airlie Gardens educators for an evening of birding. Fall is an excellent time for birding and a great time to look for Owls! Owls perch and prep for hunting and can be heard calling in the evening.

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October 12, 2022

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 am.

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October 13, 2022

Art Explorers with Cameron Art Museum

Art Explorers is going on a field trip! Join us at the Airlie Gardens with Ms. Georgia from the Cameron Art Museum. Learn all about the adaptations that make bats so special and find out what kinds of bats live here in NC! Our featured story will be "Bats at the Beach". Ms. Georgia will teach us a fun new craft!

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October 13, 2022

Pollinator Garden Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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October 15, 2022

Beginner Birding

There’s no better place to learn how to bird! Airlie Gardens is home to over 200 plus species of birds. We will go over basic birding skills, ID tricks, and proper binocular use!

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October 15, 2022

Guided History Tour

Dive into the rich history, horticulture, and ecology of Airlie Gardens on a walking tour of the grounds.

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October 21, 2022

Oyster Roast – SOLD OUT

A spectacular evening supporting Airlie's Environmental Education Program! Featuring an oyster feast and live entertainment along the banks of Bradley Creek.

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October 26, 2022

Owl Prowl & Evening Birding

Join Airlie Gardens educators for an evening of birding. Fall is an excellent time for birding and a great time to look for Owls! Owls perch and prep for hunting and can be heard calling in the evening.

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October 27, 2022

Pollinator Garden Walk

Join an environmental educator on a guided walk through Airlie Garden’s Pollinator Garden. Check out what’s blooming and the many pollinators that call that garden home.

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October 28, 2022

Airlie after Dark

Experience the gardens during nightfall. We'll be taking a stroll around the grounds and seeing how your senses adjust to life as a nocturnal animal! Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

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October 31, 2022

Homeschool Day

Hands-on, standard based programs to get your homeschool students excited about the outdoors! Designed for students ages 4-13 years old, parent or guardian participation required.

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November 2, 2022

Evening Bird Walk

What do our birds do in the evening? Come explore the garden as our birds prepare for the night’s activities! No experience is necessary, all are welcome.

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November 5, 2022

Seed Saving and Rubber Stamping

Join Airlie Garden's Educators for a lesson in saving and storing seeds. Learn how and when to collect seeds, the importance of storing seeds, and when to plant. Native seeds will be handed out and you will carve your own rubber stamp for labeling seed packets! All materials are included. You'll leave with a packet of native seeds and your new rubber stamp!

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November 9, 2022

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 am.

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November 15, 2022

Homeschool Day

Hands-on, standard based programs to get your homeschool students excited about the outdoors! Designed for students ages 4-13 years old, parent or guardian participation required.

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November 19, 2022

Guided History Tour

Dive into the rich history, horticulture, and ecology of Airlie Gardens on a walking tour of the grounds.

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November 25, 2022 - December 22, 2022

Enchanted Airlie

A tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season.

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November 30, 2022

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 am.

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December 14, 2022

Bird Walk

Enjoy birding at the gardens starting at 8 a.m. Advance registration required.

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March 1, 2023 - April 15, 2023

Spring Bloom

When warmer temperatures approach, Airlie Gardens’ springtime blooms are a sight to see! Experience over 60,000 tulips and 75,000 azaleas within the gardens.

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April 10, 2023 - April 16, 2023

NC Azalea Festival & Garden Tour

Wilmington, N.C., hosts the annual Azalea Festival each April. As the largest festival of its kind in the state, the Azalea Festival showcases the charm of our community.

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June 1, 2023 - September 5, 2023

Butterfly Releases

Each Tuesday at 2pm you're invited to take part in Airlie Garden's butterfly release. An Environmental Educator will be in our native Butterfly House discussing the butterfly life cycle and the different types of butterflies in the House that week and then will release butterflies into the house. Pre-registration is required for this program and tickets can sell out.

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June 2, 2023 - September 1, 2023

Summer Concert Series

Bring your chairs and join in on our summer tradition by the Airlie Oak. These family-friendly concerts allow guests to enjoy live music while taking in the beauty of Airlie Gardens. 2022 Concert Series dates coming soon. Tickets are limited and concerts will sell out.

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