The Elizabethan Gardens located in Manteo was created as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The gardens are fanciful and elaborate just like the gardens that entertained Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Inside the brick-walled gate you’ll find a beautiful collection of Renaissance statues, a soundfront Elizabethan gazebo, a sunken Elizabethan knot garden – all adorned by an ever-changing palate or year round color from hydrangeas to native plants, perennials and camellias. Over 500 different plant species are found in the 10-acre site on the north end of Roanoke Island, adjacent to Waterside Theater. The gardens are a beautiful site for many special events throughout the year. They are a popular destination choice for weddings with several unique sites such as The Great Lawn, The Sunken Garden, The Gazebo and The Queen’s Rose Garden. There are also many beautiful spots to photography the special day. The gardens are open year round with many different special events each month. Check out their events calendar for more details. Don’t forget to stop by the upscale gift shop before you leave. The shop offers onsite grown plants, jewelry, garden items, note cards, books and assorted delights.