The Friends of the New Hanover County Arboretum (i.e. The Friends) was created as a non-profit, 501 c (3) fund raising organization in 1986. Since then it has provided financial support to the New Hanover County Arboretum for the maintenance of its gardens and their improvement. Over the years it has also supported special projects like the creation of the Contemplation Garden and the improvements to the Children's Garden (which will be completed this year). It also supports the educational programs of Extension.
Our major fundraiser each year is the Art in the Arboretum Show and Sale. We will be holding the 28th annual show in 2023. Come grow with us! Friends of the Arboretum will help assure the Arboretum’s continuing development and preservation.