Presented by the Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc.

April 7th – 9th, 2017 in Wilmington, NC

(Gardens are opened 10AM to 6PM)

 An official, featured event in the NC Azalea Festival

Click here to preview the 2017 Gardens!

“Beautiful Madness”

Come enjoy Southern hospitality amid the vibrant color of azaleas and spring flowers during the 64th 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 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM with the spectacular Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the gracious home of Carole and Richard Johnson on Masonboro Sound Road. The parade of the 2017 Azalea Belles© accompanied by the Citadel Summerall Guards is the highlight of this ceremony along with the introduction of the North Carolina Azalea Festival Queen & North Carolina Azalea Festival celebrities and entourage.   After the ceremony enjoy the reception where members of the Cape Fear Garden Club will serve punch and homemade cookies on the sweeping lawn with beautiful views of the waterway.  NOTE: On Friday morning, there will be free roundtrip bus service beginning at 8:30am at Southside Baptist Church, 3320 South College Road. Buses run until noon. No parking is available at the ribbon cutting site until after the ceremony.

Throughout the weekend you will see Plein air artists in many of the gardens, and new this year local groups will perform live music and Garden Seminars will be presented each day in various gardens. Speakers are Aimee Coker of Encore Azalea ® / Southern Living Plant Collection ®, George Hartner of Outdoor Illumination, Tracy McCullen of Signature Gardens & Pools and Drew Thorndyke owner of  Cape Fear Water Gardens.  Click here to download or print the Speaker Schedule.

Tickets are $25.00 (plus $1.25 postage), good for all three days and may be purchased here:

or at any of the locations listed below. They 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 – 910-794-4650
Barnes & Noble – 850 Inspirations Drive, Mayfaire
Beautiful Flowers by June – 250 Racine Drive, Suite 10, Racine Commons
Crabby Chic – 4107-B Oleander Drive
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 -910-798-7660
Occasions….Just Write – 313 North Front Street, The Cotton Exchange – 910-343-9033
Pender Pines Garden Center – 20949 US Hwy 17, Hampstead – 910-270-2706
The Plant Place – 6114 Market Street – 910-791-9594
The Stone Garden – 5726 Market Street – 910-452-1619
Sweet Nectar’s Florist – 473 Olde Waterford Way, Leland – 910-371-2224
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

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 Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, and conservation efforts at Battery Island, a National Audubon Society bird sanctuary. The club is rapidly approaching $1.2 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


Major Sponsors



In Kind Sponsors

Stone Garden
Copy Cat Print Shop
Independence Mall
Coastal Beverage
Tinga Nursery, Inc.

Major Media SponsorWWAY BLUE Logo for website

Media Sponsors

Cape Fear Living Magazine

Cape Fear Real Estate Directory
Carolina Gardener Magazine
Carolina Video Edit Center
Focus on the Coast
Island Gazette
Lumina News & Wrightsville Beach Magazine
Salt Magazine
Star News Media
Sunny 104.5 FM
Time Warner Cable
WHQR 91.3 and 96.7
Wilmington Magazine

Click here to view the 2016 Azalea Garden Tour Highlights

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