Arboretum Entrance


North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our county's residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Extension Agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to New Hanover County citizens.

The gardens are open every day of the week throughout the year including holidays. Please check our calendar for dates, times, and details on events that are ticketed or private and may cause the gardens to be xlosed to the public. The Admin Office, Plant Clinic and Gift Shop are closed on state holidays.

Guidelines for Your Visit

Please review the Arboretum's visitor guidelines and photographer guidelines prior to your visit.


There is no admission charge, however, donations are encouraged.


Parking is free. Please observe the 'no parking beyond this point' sign on Bradley Drive.

Guided Tours and Field Trips

Guided tours for adults and field trips are available year-round when arranged in advance. Please complete this form to request a tour.

Rentals & Gatherings

The NHC Arboretum offers a variety of options for hosting group events, meetings, conferences, picnics, and parties. We do not currently offer reservations for wedding ceremonies or receptions. For more information, please complete a reservation request.

Map of the NHC Arboretum

Be sure to pick up a Visitor Guide from the Administrative Office to help guide yourself throughout the Arboretum's gardens. Or you can use our online map.

Gardens Open: 8am to 5pm daily

Administration Office: Monday through Friday - 9am to noon and 1pm to 5pm 

Plant Clinic: Monday through Friday - 10am to 4pm 

Gift Shop: Monday through Friday - 10am to 4pm