Elizabethan Gardens: May Events Just Around the Corner


elizabethan-gardens-outer-banksWith Spring comes wonderful weekend vacations on the Outer Banks. It also means the fresh flowers and greenery at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island are in bloom. Spectacular in all of their glory, there is nothing like spending a few hours meandering through the gardens to see the myriad of colorful landscapes and sculptured greenery.

Additionally, throughout the year there are tons of opportunities to attend workshops and other events that focus on everything from gardening to gourmet cooking to decorating and history at The Elizabethan Gardens. Here are just a few that are coming up in the next month as we head towards the summer season on the Outer Banks.

Twenty Great Shade Perennials for the South, May 3, 2014, 10am – 2pm

One thing for sure is that in the South it gets mighty hot. A yard filled with big shade trees gives everyone the ability to sit down and cool off if only for just awhile. At this seminar about shade perennials, Jeff Lewis, Head Gardner at the Gardens, will educate participants on planting and caring for shade plants particularly how to get them to grow. Then everyone will take a nice stroll through the gardens to see the shady trees and plants along the walks to see them and how they grow. For those of you who are members, there is no cost for this event while non-members will be charged $15 to attend. Jeff is very knowledgeable and will definitely host an intriguing and enlightening event.


Home and Garden Tour: Spring for the Arts, May 10, 2014, 11am – 5pm

The Annual Home and Garden Tour showcases the beautiful gardens, homes and historic sites around Roanoke Island. In addition to getting a personal glimpse into unbelievable gardens and beautiful and stylish interior design, participating home owners partner with local artists to feature their art work in each home. This is a perfect way to enjoy the OBX’s ideal spring weather as well as get home and garden ideas. Guests can also enjoy lunch at a delicious lunch at the Elizabeth Gardens between 12 and 3pm while enjoying the day. Tickets are $35 and are available at Ace Hardware or here.

Gardening Workshop: Cloning with Quentin, May 17, 2014, 10am-2pm

This is a wonderful workshop for gardeners everyone who enjoys getting their hands dirty. Led by local gardener extraordinaire, Quentin Bell, participants will learn how to clone plants from cuttings and other sources. In the gardening world, it is called

propagation. Mr. Bell’s family has been involved in gardening for years and even helped with The Gardens at its inception in the 1950s. Cuttings, trays and soil will be provided by Jeff Lewis, The Garden’s Garden and Nursery Manager. The fee for this event is $15 for members/friends and $20 for non-members.

Other Activities and Specials

Along with special events and workshops are other activities that take place throughout the weeks in May and are open to those visiting The Gardens. The first week of May brings the celebration of National Herb Week where they showcase the many uses of herbs for medicinal and culinary reasons. Other opportunities include ticket discounts and specials in the gift shops.

Bustling with Activity

A trip to The Elizabethan Gardens is a perfect way to spend an afternoon as it is always bustling with activity throughout the year. When booking one of our Outer Banks rentals, ask us about The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. It is definitely a sight to see along with the other historical sites on Roanoke Island.