Catepillar Bench and Parents Corral
Labyrinth with Gong
Garden Tunnel

The Children’s Secret Garden is located in a one acre area set below the elevation of the nearby parking lot. Visitors can enter the garden through its main entrance using a sliding board or steps. Garden trails from the east and west allow more level and accessible entrances. 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. Children can be educated (check Calendar of Events for Green Adventures dates) on how plants are a valuable part of our everyday life. Plants with lush, bold foliage and plants that hide delightful secrets of flower, texture or seasonal change dominate this garden.

Featured within the Children’s Secret Garden:
Tree House: The ground level Tree House provides an opportunity for outdoor education amongst the trees – literally – and visitors are able to explore the landscape from a slightly different perspective. The Tree House features a motion activated Rain Wall.

Stream: A recirculating stream gurgles down the slope providing a unique water experience for children and adults alike.

Parent’s Corral and Sandlot: This picnic area for families or events overlooks the sand lot. Commemorative bricks, paid for through patron donations, are featured in this area.

Garden Tunnel: This secret hide-a-way is surrounded by a pollinator and butterfly garden where our favorite insects come to feed and play.

The Banana Split Sundae Garden: As the name suggests, this area features plants that look, smell or are named after chocolate, vanilla, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and other sweet treats. Be sure to see the Sundae Fountain donated by BB&T.

Tire Swing: Show your children what it’s like to swing their days away on a tire! Nearby, a Vollis Simpson Whirligig tops the May pole.

Music Court: Here fun musical instruments are available for the children to use.

Dino Dig: A Fossil Hunt area features materials mined from Aurora, North Carolina.

Labyrinth: This low spiral hedge leads children to reach the center where a surprise awaits.

Sunflower Showers: These metal sculptures shower small children with refreshing water on hot summer days.