Relax and stroll through our Gardens

Mixed Planting Garden

Mixed Planting Garden was installed for the primary purpose of training landscapers and nurserymen for the Certified Plant Professional exam. Of the 300 plants on the exam, 125 are included in this garden. Another 75 plants not on the list are also included, making this small area home to over 200 plant species. This garden is also used by homeowners wanting to see plants to use in their landscapes. This garden is also referred to sometimes as the Display Garden. 

The Medicinal and Culinary Herb Garden

Herbs have been used for centuries for their medicinal qualities, as well as their use in food preparation, fragrances, and warding off evil. The Medicinal area of this garden focuses on herbs that have their roots in healing. The Culinary area emphasizes more common herbs for everyday use in cooking. This garden is also home to a signed Vollis Simpson Whirligig and a large, tiered fountain.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is planted with different types of trees and shrubs. Plants in this area include natives and non-natives. These trees represent different cultivars routinely seen in the landscape plantings here in the Wilson area.

The Native Plants Garden

Flanking the entrance to the Wilson Agricultural Center building, this garden is planted predominately in native plants.  This area highlights native plants that thrive in our hot, dry climate.  The Native Plants Garden underwent extensive renovation in 2016.

The Ornamental Grasses and Daylilies Garden

Several varieties of daylilies and grasses are displayed in this small space.  There is an incredible variety of these easy-to-grow dynamic plants. This garden showcases how these plants can be used in modern landscapes to provide color, texture, and movement.

Flower Garden

This oval shaped garden hosts irises in the spring and a riot of color summer through fall. 

A Trident maple and a bluebird house overlook many popular annual and perennial flowering plants.

The Hosta Garden

With many different sizes, leaf shapes, colors, patterns flower colors, a hosta can be found for any shady garden.  Come see a large variety of unique hostas and cool temperatures in the shade of a huge red maple.

The Fence and Bird Garden

​The Fence and Bird Garden was originally planted along Goldsboro Street by Wilson 4H children. When the road was wided Extension Master Gardeners moved the plants to this location. Plants in this area either are habitat or food plants for our native birds. The nearby split rail fence is home to many vines that grow in our local area. Also see a vast selection of trees and shrubs that thrive here.

The ShowStopper Garden

The ShowStoppers Garden features plants that have been selected by the North Carolina Landscape and Nursery Association and Extension Agents. 

The Education Complex and Container Garden

Seasonal containers are planted here at the Educational Area.  With benches and a bubbling water feature, it is a great place to relax.

Sadie Minshew Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is used to grow plants for testing, sale and use in the Wilson Botanical Gardens

Compost Demonstration Area

The three bin composting method is demonstrated behind the greenhouse.  Bins are labeled "Dump"-meaning for gardeners to put garden and kitchen waste in this bin.  "Doing" is compost working to break down.  Fresh and dry materials are layered in this bin to increase microbial activity.  "Dig" is black gold, finished compost, that gardeners use throughout the Wilson Botanical Gardens.

This is a garden that focuses on experiences for young children and the young at heart. Different garden areas, plants, hardscape and water features provide an opportunity to integrate play with a respect and appreciation for things that grow.

The Heritage Garden

This garden features raised-bed planting areas suitable for growing vegetables, flowers and traditional row crops. The heritage garden walk is covered by four trellises that are used to grow various vines and the garden itself is completely blocked from the parking lot by large evergreen hedges.

The Pondside Garden

This small pond is used as a setting for water's-edge, shallow-water plants and hosts a number of fish. Pond construction was accomplished through a “Build a Pond” day hosted by the Wilson County Green Association.  The garden is also home to “Dancing Cranes”, a metal sculpture from artist Clifton May.

JC Raulston Plant Evaluation Garden

This area was originally designated as a trial planting garden for plants distributed by the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, part of NC State University, in Raleigh. After the conclusion of that program, the area has been used for unique and interesting plants that grow in this area.

Turfgrass Plots

The first plantings were Turf Grass demonstration plots which are still one of the most popular features of the WBG. The WBG currently has 5 turf species and a total of a dozen different cultivars. 

The STEM Garden (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The STEM Garden incorporates elements of STEM programs including science, technology, engineering, and math for use by students here in Wilson and in surrounding counties.

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