|Address:||300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403|
Airlie Gardens is a public non-profit historical garden located in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina. The gardens are generally open 9am-5pm; general admittance is $9, or $5 for New Hanover County residents.
The site has a number of trails lined with native and non-native plants, including many camelias and azaleas. The gardens and woods within the site attract fall migrating warblers, and the gardens sometimes act as vagrant traps (Bell's Vireo seen, Wilson's Warbler has overwintered). Two large ponds in the middle of the gardens bring ducks in the winter (Gawall, American Wigeon, Bufflehead). Anhinga and all the herons are year-round. The gardens butt up against Bradley Creek marshes, a tidal inlet off of the Intracoastal Waterway. A short pier allows a view of the marshes and water, which can provide shorebirds, gulls and terns, or Osprey.