The Greek Gods Pan and Chloris, or better known as the Roman Gods Fauna and Flora, are timeless Gods keeping watch over Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC.
Airlie Gardens dates back to 1884, when German landscape architect Rudolf Topel transformed the property of wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Jones into a picturesque garden.
The majestic Live Oak named 'Airlie Oak' dates back to 1545 and is the North Carolina State Champion Live Oak, one of the largest trees of its kind in the Carolinas.
The formal gardens date back to 1901 to the 1920s with reported half million azaleas and 5000 camellias, with many still blooming today
In 1948 the Corbett Family purchased the Airlie property and they opened the garden to the public several times a year, especially during the azalea bloom.
In 1999 Airlie Garden was sold to the county and is now preserved for public use.
The Butterfly house is home to 11 native butterfly species, useful in that one can apply the information to the own back yard
Beautiful butterflies made of copper
We missed the Azaleas in bloom, but the Hydrangeas, Chaste trees, and Magnolias just to name a few, sure made up for it
The Bottle Chapel sits in the Minnie Evans Sculpture Garden, constructed with over 4000 colorful bottles of all shapes and sizes
Pergolas constructed of concrete to withstand time are covered with vines
Bradley Creek and Airlie Lake, a tidal creek ecosystem and a fresh-water lake are part of Airlie Gardens
This Garden is not so much a plant collection but a beautiful park with low maintenance seasonal flowers, blooming trees, sweeping lawns and sculptures. Geese, swans, turtles and other critters call this garden their home. Just beautiful and well worth a visit.