The Airlie Gardens were created in the early 1900s as a private garden for the Pembroke Jones family, and planted with thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and wisteria. Prior to purchase by New Hanover County in 1999, the gardens were not open to the public. The Coastal Land Trust worked with New Hanover County to secure a County Tidal Creeks Grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, which permanently protected the Airlie Gardens’ banks along Bradley Creek.
Airlie Gardens is now open to the public year round. More information about entrance fees, annual events, and other special dates at Airlie Gardens can be found here.