The Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour © is sponsored by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. The tour has been featured in SOUTHERN LIVING and is one of the longest-running and most popular garden tours in the South.
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour: April 5, 6 & 7, 2019
Profits from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community as beautification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. The club is rapidly approaching $1.2 million in donations to the community in the past 60 years. For more information about the club, please visit www.capefeargardenclub.org.
The Glory of Gardening
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin
Come enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 66th Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© in the beautiful coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina. An official event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the tour is one of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South.
Tickets on sale now!
The number of tickets sold will be limited this year. They are available at any of the businesses listed below until April 1st. Online sales ended on March 20th to allow time for delivery by USPS. Remaining tickets will be sold at the Ribbon Cutting and in the Gardens.
The tour will open Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00am with the spectacular Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the home of Steve and Linda Smits, 1925 S. Live Oak Parkway, presented by WWAY-TV.
Parking for the Ribbon Cutting is only available at Pine Valley Baptist Church, 3940 Shipyard Boulevard. Free round-trip bus service from the church to the Ribbon Cutting will be provided from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. Entrance is free.
Guests should arrive early to enjoy a pre-show of live music by Members of the Wilmington Symphony. The Wilmington Girls Choir will perform during the ceremony.
This event includes all of the 2019 Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. Azalea Belles©, the Citadel Summerall Guards ,the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen and her Court. The Azalea Queen’s Garden Party, will be held in the Smits’ garden immediately following the Ribbon Cutting. Members of the Cape Fear Garden Club will serve punch and over 5000 homemade cookies.
NOTE: Beginning at 8:00am on Friday morning, there will be free round-trip bus service to the Ribbon Cutting from Pine Valley Baptist Church, 3940 Shipyard Boulevard. No parking will be available at Ribbon Cutting. We also encourage tour-goers to utilize Uber.
The 2019 Garden Tour Ticket includes photographs of the garden owner’s home and a snapshot of a special feature in their garden.
There will be three “Secret Gardens” on the tour that are only accessible via trolleys. A map found in the center fold of the ticket clearly identifies the locations of the eleven gardens and the two trolley stops.
Be on the lookout for Tablescapes designed by Heda the Table at three of the gardens. Also the New Hanover County Arboretum will have a scavenger hunt for Fairy Garden displays and on Saturday Pixie Beach Fairy Hair will be available for all ages while you enjoy a cup of punch and a cookie prepared by the Cape Fear Garden Club.
The Japanese Garden located within the Arboretum will have a special feature honoring Hiroshi Sueyoshi.
Local artists will be at work in the gardens throughout the weekend during the 4th Annual Plein Air Paint Out.
Artists’ work will be on sale at the Wet Paint Sale on Sunday, April 7th at the Harbor Way Gardens located on Wrightsville Beach near the town hall from 1:00-4:00 pm.
A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Cape Fear Garden Club’s grant program to non-profit organizations for beautification, conservation and education in New Hanover County
Garden Tour Tickets are available now at any of the locations listed below until April 1. Tickets will also be available at the Ribbon Cutting and at each garden during the tour if not sold out.
Tickets are $35 and are valid for all three days. Gardens are open 10:00am until 5:00pm daily except for Airlie Gardens which will NOT be open to the public on Friday. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles© will welcome visitors to each garden throughout the three-day tour.
Folks have been asking “Why the need for Limited Tickets?” The answer is simple and direct—TRAFFIC! When a homeowner agrees to be part of an Azalea Garden Tour, the entire neighborhood becomes part of the tour. Thanks to the leadership and foresight of Signa Stalvey, 2019 Azalea Garden Tour Chair, a plan has been hatched to continue to make the Azalea Garden Tour a welcome event in any neighborhood. Signa has created “Secret Gardens” where no tour traffic will be allowed except for the free trolleys. There will be ample parking where the trolleys will be waiting!
Proceeds from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community through beautification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. The club has granted over $1 million in donations to the community in the past 61 years. For more information about the club, please visit us on Facebook or on our home page www.capefeargardenclub.org.
A Proper Garden – 2 Ann Street, Chandler’s Wharf – 910-763-7177
Azalea Festival Ticket Office – 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B-7 – 910-794-4650
Barnes & Noble – 850 Inspirations Drive, Mayfaire
Beautiful Flowers by June – 250 Racine Drive, Suite 10, Racine Commons
Crabby Chic – 4107-B Oleander Drive
Craft Hardware – 7002 Wrightsville Avenue, Wrightsville Beach – 910-256-4782
dragonflies – 4106 Oleander Drive – 910-796-9997
Farmer’s Supply – 2025 Oleander Drive – 910-763-4664
Jeanne’s Jewels & Fashions Etc. – 1009 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach – 910-707-0316
New Hanover County Arboretum – 6206 Oleander Drive -910-798-7660
Occasions….Just Write – 313 North Front Street, The Cotton Exchange – 910-343-9033
Pender Pines Garden Center – 20949 US Hwy 17, Hampstead – 910-270-2706
The Plant Place – 6114 Market Street – 910-791-9594
Stone Garden – 5726 Market Street – 910-452-1619
Sweet Nectar’s Florist – 473 Olde Waterford Way, Leland – 910-371-2224
The Transplanted Garden – 502 S 16th Street – 910-763-7448
Wild Bird & Garden – 3501 Oleander Drive, Hanover Center – 910-343-6001
Wrigglesworth Ace Hardware – 3516 College Road – 910-395-1904
Click here to view the previous year Azalea Garden Tour Highlights