The name 'Airlie' was derived from the Jones' family home in Scotland. As the family business grew and its entrepreneurial interests expanded, however, the Corbetts never forgot their roots. Copyright © 2020 Airlie Gardens. Thank you for your support! In 1999, a commitment from the New Hanover County Commissioners, along with a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the support of local residents, made possible this county’s purchase and restoration of Airlie’s 67-acres of gardens. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks in advance to coordinate your reservation. Airlie Gardens is home to gorgeous live oaks, walking paths, seasonal blooms, and historic and contemporary structures. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks in advance to coordinate your reservation. [1] It was designed as a lush, flowing, naturalistic Southern garden, with thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, palms, and wisteria. We hope you will join us for one of our signature events held throughout the year, or just for a relaxing stroll around the garden. photograph by Millie Holloman Photography In … In 1999, it was purchased by New Hanover County. If you want to stay up to date on upcoming events in the gardens, sign up for our mailing list. [4], Airlie Gardens is a participating member of the American Horticultural Society and offers reciprocal admission for other gardens, arboreta, and conservatories. It was created in 1886 as a private garden for the Pembroke Jones family by Mrs. Jones. It was designed as a lush, flowing, naturalistic Southern garden, with thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, palms, and wisteria. Hotels near Airlie Gardens: (0.73 mi) Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach (1.34 mi) Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall (1.63 mi) Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire (1.74 mi) SpringHill Suites by Marriott Wilmington Mayfaire (1.58 mi) Hilton Garden … At that time, it was designated the largest live oak in North Carolina.[9]. Located on the grounds of the gardens are the Mount Lebanon Chapel and Cemetery. The name 'Airlie' was derived from the Jones' family home in Scotland. Enchanted Airlie – SOLD OUT . Last admittance at 4pm. Airlie’s historic property encompasses more than 67 acres of spectacular gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, walking trails and historic structures. [8] In 2007, Airlie Oak was 128 feet (39 m) tall, had a trunk circumference exceeding 21 feet (6.4 m) and a crown spread of 104 feet (32 m) when measured by North Carolina Forest Service employees. [7], Airlie Oak is a 500-year-old southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located on the grounds of Airlie Gardens. Explore Airlie Gardens and learn about its rich history with one of our volunteer Garden Guides. [3], In 2018, more than 300 trees were felled due to Hurricane Florence. We are excited to share our garden with you. We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time. Enchanted Airlie 2020 is SOLD OUT! The self-guided walking experience allows visitors to explore more than a dozen gardens; including the Pergola, Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel & a … This gorgeous oak is about as intertwined within Wilmington history … Our goal is to showcase the natural beauty of the garden while sharing the history and ensuring the preservation of the area. Airlie Gardens is a 67-acre (27 ha) public garden in Wilmington, North Carolina. If the Airlie Oak Could Talk… Explore Airlie Gardens 67-acres with one of our knowledgeable volunteer garden guides. Each year we welcome 4,000+ students to the garden to share our connection to the environment, protecting it for future generations. German landscape architect Rudolf Topel, transformed the garden to a picturesque garden. [5], African-American folk artist Minnie Evans was the Airlie Gardens admissions gatekeeper for a number of years. “My grandfather wanted his children and grandchildren to be close,” says Al. Airlie Gardens is a graceful place, where swans drift across the lake and live-oak branches bend toward the earth. In 1967, Airlie Oak was registered as member number 238 in the Live Oak Society. The stunning three-story grand Georgian Revival structure with its formal gardens was featured not long after in House and Garden Magazine. Website design and hosting by TG. Airlie Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is:  To ensure and help preserve Airlie Gardens as an outstanding, historic public garden with cultural and environmental programs developed to serve New Hanover County residents and other visitors. Airlie will be closed Thanksgiving Day and close early 11/27-29th at 4:30pm for Enchanted Airlie. Which is why in 1948 W.A. Airlie House and Farm was operated as a modern gentleman’s estate, boasting pastures with purebred livestock in addition to the property’s extensive gardens. 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Lebanon Chapel and Cemetery", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Airlie_Gardens&oldid=956996703, Protected areas of New Hanover County, North Carolina, Sculpture gardens, trails and parks in the United States, Tourist attractions in New Hanover County, North Carolina, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 May 2020, at 13:22. But don't forget to pay a visit to the Airlie Oak, a historic live oak tree dating back 500 years. In 1924, a catastrophic fire consumed Airlie House. Discover the rich history, horticulture and ecology with a docent-led tour. purchased the 100-plus acre, Live Oak-laden Airlie Gardens near Wrightsville Beach. All tours require a reservation and are only offered during weekdays. Guided Tours have been temporarily suspended. Airlie Gardens’ history dates back to 1884, when Pembroke and Sarah Jones purchased the property and transformed it into a picturesque garden. [2] In 1999, it was purchased by New Hanover County. Last year we saw over 120,000 visitors at Airlie. German landscape architect Rudolf Topel, transformed the garden to a picturesque garden. All tours require a reservation and are only offered during weekdays. November 27, 2020 - December 22, 2020. Airlie Gardens’ history dates back to 1884, when Pembroke and Sarah Jones purchased the property and transformed it into a picturesque garden. In 1999, a commitment from the New Hanover County Commissioners, along with a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the support of local residents, made possible this county’s purchase and restoration of Airlie’s 67-acres of gardens. [6] In 1954, Evans created an oil on wood painting titled Airlie Oak, which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It was created in 1886 as a private garden for the Pembroke Jones family by Mrs. Jones. 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.