Airlie Gardens Ready for the Fall Season’s Biggest Party

Posted October 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

The 2015 Oyster Roast to benefit Airlie Gardens Environmental Education Program

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – 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 16TH from 6-10:00 p.m., with profits slated to support Environmental Education programs which serves thousands of students yearly.

Since 1999, Airlie Gardens has provided high-quality, hands-on environmental education for thousands of schoolchildren. Carefully designed with state-mandated learning objectives in mind, our programs range from plant adaptations to salt marsh ecology and have been recognized statewide for their rigor and student engagement.

The Butterfly House and Bug Zoo, maintained by education staff, provide garden guests with a close-up experience with wildlife. Other education programs such as bird hikes and butterfly releases increase our citizen’s knowledge of local natural resources and biodiversity.

Tickets for the Oyster Roast are now available online and onsite. The $85 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 16 from 6 – 10:00 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. For information about Airlie Gardens, visit


Release Contact:

Janine Powell
Airlie Gardens
(910) 798-7703

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