Ah, Spring, that amazing time of year when the days get longer and the blooms start to emerge from the frozen ground and bring our landscapes back to life. While your yard is a great place to plant amazing bursts of color and touches of delicate flowers, it is always a treat to visit botanical gardens that are groomed and cultivated specifically for viewing pleasure. These gardens are beautiful year-round, but Spring offers a unique time to partake of their full splendor. So, plan a day trip or two and take in the wonder that the NC climate inspires. Who knows, you may walk away with some inspiration for staging your own yard!
Reynolda Gardens in Winston-Salem
- 100 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC
- 336-758- 5593
- Year-Round: Open during daylight hours
Mixing historical grounds with nature trails, open fields, and cultivated gardens, this Winston-Salem treasure sits at the edge of the quaint Reynolda Village and Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The grounds offer a variety of wild and cultivated flowers, plus a greenhouse where you can buy plants to take home and transform your own yard.
Magic Wings Butterfly House in Durham
- 433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704
- (919) 220-5429
- Spring Season Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5
Offering one of the largest butterfly houses on the east coast, the Magic Wings Butterfly House is part of the Museum of Life and Science. Wander through areas where butterflies feed and fly freely around. Watch every stage of life for over 50 species of butterflies, plus birds and diverse flowering plants and feeding stations.
NC Botanical Garden & Coker Arboretum in Chapel Hill
- 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
- (919) 962-0522
- Sunday 1-5; Monday-Friday 8-5; Saturday 9-5
Maintained by UNC-Chapel Hill, this land offers a true treat for the eyes. The gardens are driven by the mission to “inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.” The gardens offer over 700 acres of plants and education. The conservation programs of the Botanical Gardens are known nationwide as top-in- class and the land houses some of the best varieties of native NC plants of any garden.
Memorial Gardens in Concord
- 36 Spring Street SW; Concord, NC
- (704) 786-8009
- Tuesday – Saturday 9-5; Sunday 12-5; Closed Mondays
Memorial Garden covers approximately three acres and was purchased in 1804 by First Presbyterian Church for construction of its first sanctuary. The groomed grounds wander through a 200-year old cemetery and offer a multitude of vegetation and blooms, plus the added element of historical markers and gravesites.
North Carolina Garden Blooms will Inspire You
Spend some time taking in the beauty that nature has to offer across our region by visiting some of these locations and learning more about vegetation and wildlife. Our region has a tremendous variety of flowers and vegetation for everyone, making this a fantastic area to invest in real estate by looking for your primary, or even a second home! When you are ready to take the steps to buy or sell your home, give me a call at (336) 575-7249 and let’s get started finding you a location near your favorite gardens and outdoor activities.
What is your favorite NC garden?