Airlie Gardens Celebrates National Public Gardens Day & Ribbit the Exhibit

Posted May 2, 2016 at 11:09 am     Category: News ReleaseParks and Gardens

New Hanover County, NC – National Public Gardens Day on May 6 is a national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. New Hanover County’s Airlie Gardens is one of the area’s most beautiful historic public gardens, and the public is invited to enjoy the gardens for this national celebration.

Airlie Gardens will be offering free admission to the public on Friday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. In addition, Author Anne Russell and illustrator Alexandra Morse will debut The Mystical Magical Amazing Fantastical Gardens of Airlie children’s book on this festive day. They will be selling and signing copies of the book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with readings at 11 a.m. and noon.

The gardens will be closing at 4 p.m. on May 6 to prepare for the first concert of the Summer Concert Series featuring reggae by Signal Fire.

In addition, Airlie’s summer exhibit – Ribbit the Exhibit – will be opening on May 5 and will run through August 31. The exhibit is a collection of 25 whimsical copper frog sculptures made by local sculptor Andy Cobb. Ribbit the Exhibit has traveled all over the country as a featured exhibit in Florida, Chicago and Denver gardens since it first visited Airlie three years ago. Cleverly placed throughout the gardens’ 67 acres, these personified amphibians – from a banjo-playing countryman to a quartet of pristine ballerinas – will delight all ages.

About Airlie Gardens
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 471-year-old Airlie Oak, more than 100,000 azaleas and countless camellia cultivars. The garden is made possible with the generosity of the commitment of the New Hanover County Commissioners, members, local and state grants, and the support of local residents. For information about Airlie Gardens, visit

Release Contact:
Janine Powell
New Hanover County Airlie Gardens, Parks & Gardens

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