WBG Gardens

The Wilson Botanical Gardens invites you to visit and see the growing collections of plants that thrive in our area, Hardiness Zone 8a. Currently 6 areas are under development with includes a Children's Secret Garden, Culinary and Medicinal Herb Garden, arboretum, many plant collections, and local artwork.  The gardens are here to education and to enjoy!

  • Arboretum

    The Arboretum is planted with different types of trees and shrubs. Plants in this area include natives and non-natives...


  • Plant Evaluation Garden

    ...the area has been used for unique and interesting plants that grow in this area.


  • Medicinal and Culinary Herb

    Herbs have been used for centuries for their medicinal qualities, as well as their use in food preparation, fragrances...


  • Mixed Planting Garden

    Planted in 1995, this was the first garden at the WBG. It includes more than 100 different plants from the 300 listed on the Certified...


  • Ornamental Grasses and Daylilies

    Several varieties of daylilies and grasses are displayed in this small space. There is an incredible variety of these easy-to-grow dynamic plants...

  • Native Plants Garden

    Flanking the entrance to the Wilson Agricultural Center building, this garden is planted predominately in native plants...More

  • Pondside Garden

    This small pond is used as a setting for water's-edge, shallow-water plants and hosts a number of fish...More

  • Sadie Minshew Greenhouse

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

  • Education Complex and Container Garden

    Adjacent to the Greenhouse, this small area, isolated by lattice and surrounded with benches, can be used for educational...More

  • Turfgrass Plots

    Parking lot islands are planted with warm season grasses for visitors to see the difference in bermuda, centipede, zoysia and...More

  • 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...

  • 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...More

  • Children's Secret Garden

    The Children’s Secret Garden is located in a one acre area set below the elevation of the nearby parking lot. Visitors can enter...More

  • ShowStoppers Garden

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

  • Fence & Bird Garden

    The Bird Garden was originally planted along Goldsboro Street by Wilson 4H children. When the road was wided Extension Master Gardeners ...More

  • STEM Garden

    The STEM Garden incorporates elements of STEM programs including science, technology, engineering, and math for use by students...


  • Annual and Perennial Garden

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


  • Compost Demonstration Area

    A three bin composting area is located behind the greenhouse. Bins are labeled "Dump", where gardeners...