Airlie Gardens Ready for the Fall Season’s Biggest Party

Posted October 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The salty scent of steamed oysters, the sizzle of frying fish and the mellow tones of a steel drum band will create a festive mood for the area’s most anticipated autumn party. Airlie Garden’s annual Oyster Roast happens at Airlie on October 17th from 6 – 10:30 p.m., with profits slated to support Environmental Education programs which serve over 7,000 students yearly.

“The Oyster Roast is a long-standing tradition that began around 1905,” said Tara Duckworth, director of Airlie Gardens. “We revived it in 2000 after Airlie opened to the public, and it has since become one of our signature events. Proceeds support our environmental education programs, which is fitting, since the oyster plays such a strong role in our coastal eco-system.”

According to Duckworth, this year’s Roast will carry on that great tradition. “One of the most beloved things about the Airlie Oyster Roast is that it remains a casual, fun-filled evening-just as the Jones’ hosted them over 100 years ago.”

Tickets for the Oyster Roast are now available online and on site. The $80 price includes a dinner featuring appetizers, roasted oysters, Carolina BBQ and a fish fry; two spirituous beverages, live entertainment by the Sea Pans steel drum ensemble during cocktail hour and Heartbeat of Soul playing beach music, Motown and top 40 during and after dinner. For more information, call 910-798-7700.

What: The Airlie Oyster Roast
When: Friday, October 17 from 6 – 10:30 pm
Where: Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road in Wilmington
Who: Open to the general public, but advance tickets required

Airlie Gardens is a 67-acre public garden located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Established in 1901, the garden is a cultural and ecological component of New Hanover County and North Carolina history that features formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, the celebrated 466-year-old Airlie Oak, more than 100,000 azaleas and countless camellia cultivars. The garden is made possible with the generosity of public grant funds, the commitment of the New Hanover County Commissioners, the cooperation of previous owners the Corbett Family and the support of local residents. For information about Airlie Gardens, visit


Release Contact:

Janine Powell
Airlie Gardens
(910) 798-7703

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