Presented by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc.

April 8-10, 2016 in Wilmington, NC

(Gardens are opened 10AM to 6PM)

 An official, featured event in the NC Azalea Festival

Click here to view the 2015 Gardens!

“Stepping Into Spring”

Come enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 63rd Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© in the beautiful coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina.   An official event of the North Carolina Azalea Festival, the tour is one of the longest running and most popular garden tours in the South.

The tour will open Friday April 8, 2016 at 10:00 am with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake, 1941 Amphitheater Drive. The natural beauty of Greenfield Lake is enhanced by the more than one hundred Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Belles© in their colorful antebellum dresses. The parade of the 2016 Azalea Belles is the highlight of this ceremony along with the introduction of the Azalea Queen & NC Azalea Festival celebrities and entourage.   Also enjoy the reception at the adjacent Dr. Heber W. Johnson Rotary Garden. Parking is at Legion Stadium, 2221 Carolina Beach Road with free bus shuttle service  to Hugh Morton Amphitheater.

Tickets are $25.00, good for all three days. Beginning February 1st they may be purchased on-line or at any of the locations listed below and will also be available at each garden during the tour. Gardens are open 10:00 am until 6:00 pm daily and children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.  Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles© will welcome visitors to each garden throughout the three-day tour.

A Proper Garden – 2 Ann Street, Chandler’s Wharf – 910-763-7177
Ace Hardware – 3516 College Road – 910-395-1904
Azalea Festival Ticket Office – 5725 Oleander Drive, Suite B-7
Craft Hardware – 7002 Wrightsville Avenue,  Wrightsville Beach – 910-256-4782
dragonflies –  4106 Oleander Drive –  910-796-9997
Farmer’s Supply–  2025 Oleander Drive – 910-763-4664
New Hanover County Arboretum – 6206 Oleander Drive – 910-452-6393
Occasions….Just Write –  313 North Front Street, The Cotton Exchange – 910-343-9033
Pender Pines Garden Center – 20929 US Hwy 17, Hampstead – 910-270-2706
The Plant Place –  6114 Market Street – 910-791-9594
The Stone Garden – 6955 Market Street – 910-452-1619
The Transplanted Garden –  502 S 16th Street – 910-763-7448
Touche´ – 201 North Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach – 910-458-5006
Wild Bird & Garden –  3501 Oleander Drive, Hanover Center – 910-343-6001
Zone 8 Garden –  3802 S College Road – 910-792-1118

Profits from the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour© are reinvested in the community as beautification and horticultural grants within New Hanover County, scholarships at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. The club is rapidly approaching $2 million in donations to the community in the past 60 years.  For more information about the club, please visit us on Facebook or on our home page

For additional garden tour information call (910)390-0605.



Major Sponsors encoreazalea&
Southern Living Plant Collection
In Kind Sponsors
Stone Garden
Copy Cat Print Shop
Independence Mall
Coastal Beverage
Major Media Sponsor
WWAY BLUE Logo for website
 Media Sponsors
Time Warner Cable
Star News Media
Carolina Video Edit Center
Lumina News & Wrightsville Beach Magazine
Island Gazette
Focus on the Coast
Salt Magazine
Wilmington Magazine
Cape Fear Real Estate Directory
Carolina Gardener Magazine
Sunny 104.5 FM
WHQR 91.3 and 96.7

Applications for the 2016 Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. Azalea Belles © will be available to high school juniors and seniors on January 26, 2016 from members of the Cape Fear Garden Club or the Azalea Belle Committee.  Young ladies desiring to become a Belle should contact a member of the CFGC to ask if they will sponsor you and help you complete an application.  Juniors must have a CFGC member sponsor.  For Seniors ONLY: If you do not know a CFGC member, you may go to  6724 Carolina Beach Road at 4:00 PM on January 26th to be interviewed by the Belle Committee and receive an application from them.  Please refer to the Azalea Belle policy as posted on this website.  Continue to check our Azalea Belles page on Facebook and this website for the latest information on Belle Applications.

Click here to view the 2013 Azalea Garden Tour Highlights

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Upcoming Events

  • December 1, 2015
    Awards Deadline
  • December 10, 2015
    Christmas Tea
  • December 11, 2015
    Beauty Spot Awards
  • April 8th - 10th, 2016
    Azalea Garden Tour "Stepping Into Spring"