Check out our BLOG submissions.  They are meant to be instructive, encourage the sharing of information on subjects related to the Arboretum and the mission of NC State Cooperative Extension.

  • 4 Apr 2023 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For all you landscape and garden lovers know that we are experiencing challenges to the way we grow things, to what types of plants we select and to how we promote processes like pollination.  Changes in temperature, and longer periods of dry weather, just to name a few need to be considered in our selections for this year.

    So, if your home garden has left you dissatisfied, don’t beat yourself up about it.  All is not lost!  Consider exploring plants that promote wildlife populations in our area. Plants native to the areas you live in are easier to grow! Since plants like sunflowers, wild petunias and mistletoe have adapted their growth to life in the North Carolina area, they require little maintenance. They have adapted to the sandy and acidic soil that Wilmington is famous for.

    Additionally, native plants attract local butterflies and bees, which promote even healthier plant growth. Caterpillars are picky eaters, so if you want to attract some butterflies, you have to go with the plants they are used to. Plus, if you are a lazy gardener, native plants are the way to go! Native plants that attract birds, butterflies and bees are best when left untidy, so do your part and follow in mother nature’s footsteps!

    Non-native plants create competition for native ones, eventually becoming naturalized, which means that they survive, spread, and reproduce on their own. Treat your garden and community with love by planting native.

  • 11 Mar 2023 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reservations for the use of  any of the Arboretum facilities and grounds can be made through June 30, 2024. 

  • 18 Aug 2022 4:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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  • 6 Jul 2022 10:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Between November 2020 and May 2021 the Arboretum hosted an exhibit of the art created by Dorothy Gillespie.  This exhibit marked the 100th anniversary celebrating her life and artistic contributions.

    A recent donation to the Arboretum made it possible to have a piece of her art on permanent display.  You can find it hanging from the ceiling of the Gatehouse.

    Here is a photo of the item.

  • 6 Jul 2022 10:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In August, 2020 a task force was created to explore the development of Eagle Island as a nature park.  The mission was to explore the implementation of a nature park that would serve recreation, conservation, and education type purposes.

    Since that time the task force has been hard at work putting together a visioning document.  The work will be completed soon and available to the public for study.

    The following links highlight information and partners pertaining to the project.

    Coastal Dynamics Design Lab

    North Carolina State University

    Preserve Eagle Island 

    Facebook Feature on the Park

  • 6 Jul 2022 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


  • 6 Jul 2022 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are a number of retailers in the community that have a working relationship with and support the mission of the Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum, Inc.

    One of the benefits to becoming a member of the Friends is that when you shop at one of these businesses you will receive a 10% discount on their products.  All you have to do is present your Friends membership card at the time of your purchase and you will receive the discount.

    Note Exclusions to the offer:  not all services or product items at our supporters locations are part of the 10% program.

    Make sure you carefully read what each business includes in their discount offerings for you to purchase in order to obtain the discount.   If the offerings are not listed in our list, make sure you ask beforehand.

    The list is available online at 

    or you can download a copy here.

    If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Arboretum join online OR stop by the Arboretum Gift Shop or the Administration Building to pick up a membership form and join during your visit.


  • 6 Jul 2022 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can download this video on logging in for the first time 

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    On this page you have two options for saving your membership card for future use when you shop with our business supporters. You can make your own membership card (print version) or save on your smartphone (photo use).

    STEP 5:

    To print your own card, follow these instructions:

    Download your membership card onto your computer by clicking

    on the “Printable PDF” phrase under the image of the card. A

    file named “MembershipCard.pdf will be downloaded to your

    computer.  Once downloaded, you can print out the card to use in

    your wallet. When you open it up with Adobe Reader there will be

    a set of instructions regarding what to do.  You have two options

    to select from – straight corners or rounded corners.

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    To use in your smartphone, click on the “image optimized for

    smartphones” phrase.

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    A file will be downloaded to your computer:  MembershipCard.png.

    You can then upload this file to your smartphone.

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    Use your smartphone to access this web page.  When you click on

    the “image optimized for smartphones” the png file will be

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    Make sure it’s saved in your photos folder.

  • 6 Jul 2022 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can download this video on logging in for the first time 

    How to Login First Time.mp4   OR  read the instructions below. 

    In either case, we welcome your comment or question in Add Post.


    STEP 1:

    Go to our website at

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    If this is your first time logging in,  click on Forgot password  in the bottom right of the screen.

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    Enter your email address, click the I’m not a robot box, then click Submit

    STEP 4: 

    You should get a message on your screen that starts with the words "Reset password"

    STEP 5:

    Now log in to your email account, look for this email (Choose a new password for your Friends of the Arboretum account), and then click the link that says "To choose a new password go to:"

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    Type your password in the boxes below and then click the SET NEW PASSWORD box:

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    Now click the gray Log in box in the right corner.

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