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Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

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Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, North Carolina NC

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NOTE: Airlie Gardens is closed until early November 2018, because of hurricane damage.
Airlie Gardens, on the way to Wrightsville Beach from Wilmington, is a gorgeous place to stop for a stroll. Shady, wide, paved walkways take you past huge old trees strung with Spanish moss. Strong breezes off the water cool you down, and make the Spanish moss wave in the wind. What joy! 
In spring hundreds of flowers bloom, adding color to the shady walkways. 
There is a small butterfly pavilion, and a cute sculpture of a frog with a net. Best of all, there's a chapel made of glass bottles. It is so beautiful when it catches the light, and you must walk around it many times seeing all the different angles. Kids love to see the glass bottle chapel. 
A large pond in the middle of the gardens has some docks where you can stand by the water and look out for ducks and a swan.
For a snack after your walk, sit under the pretty trees at Lumina Station shopping plaza and have a snack at Sweet and Savory Cafe.

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Fountain and bench, in a circle.
Fountain and bench, in a circle.
Green bottles and shells in the glass bottle chapel!
Green bottles and shells in the glass bottle chapel!
Many different colored bottles!
Many different colored bottles!
Glass bottles catching the light.
Glass bottles catching the light.
The blue bottles are gorgeous.
The blue bottles are gorgeous.
Rainbow mosaic on the ground.
Rainbow mosaic on the ground.
The glass bottle chapel!
The glass bottle chapel!
This frog is so lovable.
This frog is so lovable.
You can't help but love this frog!
You can't help but love this frog!
Green grass and pink flowers.
Green grass and pink flowers.
Yellow bench in a tropical spot.
Yellow bench in a tropical spot.
Lookout on the boardwalk.
Lookout on the boardwalk.
A nice lookout, toward the water, under the Spanish moss.
A nice lookout, toward the water, under the Spanish moss.
Tropical flowers and fire pit.
Tropical flowers and fire pit.
Flower pots and fire pit.
Flower pots and fire pit.
Buttefly mealtime.
Buttefly mealtime.
Butterfly sitting on a butterfly sign!
Butterfly sitting on a butterfly sign!
Water and Spanish moss... a perfect combination.
Water and Spanish moss... a perfect combination.
Swan swimming by.
Swan swimming by.
Spanish moss in a peaceful spot on the water.
Spanish moss in a peaceful spot on the water.
Flowers that are so lovely!
Flowers that are so lovely!
Flowers in the forest.
Flowers in the forest.
Steps leading into the lake, in the Pergola Garden.
Steps leading into the lake, in the Pergola Garden.
Seat by the water.
Seat by the water.
Pergola leading to a tiered fountain.
Pergola leading to a tiered fountain.
Fountain at the water's edge.
Fountain at the water's edge.
Formal plantings.
Formal plantings.
I love this lizard with a blue tail!
I love this lizard with a blue tail!
Walkway under old oak trees.
Walkway under old oak trees.
Turtle on a log.
Turtle on a log.
Boardwalk with views over Bradley Creek.
Boardwalk with views over Bradley Creek.
Green as can be!
Green as can be!
Tropical plants by the water.
Tropical plants by the water.
Magnolia branches and pond.
Magnolia branches and pond.
Magnolia flower by a railing.
Magnolia flower by a railing.
Cabbage palm.
Cabbage palm.
Looking up at magnolia leaves.
Looking up at magnolia leaves.
Magnolia flower and glossy leaves.
Magnolia flower and glossy leaves.
Green lawn stretching out toward a cluster of palms.
Green lawn stretching out toward a cluster of palms.
Airlie Oak, 400 years old.
Airlie Oak, 400 years old.
A group walks under the Spanish moss.
A group walks under the Spanish moss.
Oak tree with Spanish moss.
Oak tree with Spanish moss.
Bradley Creek and buildings on the other side.
Bradley Creek and buildings on the other side.
Looking up at amazing oak tree branches.
Looking up at amazing oak tree branches.
Sunflowers!
Sunflowers!
A group walks in the sunflower garden.
A group walks in the sunflower garden.
Wind catcher.
Wind catcher.
 

Directions

Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington NC 28403.
Open daily 9-5. Closed Mondays in Jan and Feb.
Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $5 for county residents and military, $3 for children aged 4-12, and free for children under age 4. 

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