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 2016 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.

A new addition to this year’s Garden Tour will be the participation of eleven artists  from Spectrum Gallery who will be painting “en plein air” in the gardens over the three day tour.  Painting “en plein air” is an old tradition made popular in France in the mid-1860s. It simply means painting outdoors on location. Most of the participating artists from Spectrum paint in an impressionistic style which is a natural offshoot of painting outdoors. Visitors to the Azalea Garden tour will discover the artists working in locations throughout the featured gardens.

Tickets are $25.00, good for all three days, and may be purchased 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. Azalea Garden

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
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 – 20929 US Hwy 17, Hampstead – 910-270-2706
The Plant Place –  6114 Market Street – 910-791-9594
Spectrum Art Gallery – 1125-J Military Cutoff Rd (The Forum) – 910-256-2323
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 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

Applications for the 2017 Cape Fear Garden Club, Inc. Azalea Belles © will be available to high school juniors and seniors on January 24, 2017 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  1309 Honor Lane 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 2015 Azalea Garden Tour Highlights

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Upcoming Events

  • December 1 , 2016 11AM
    Bluebird Trail dedication followed by lunch at Porches Café. RSVP to Mary Ellen Black
  • December 2, 2016 5-7PM
    Bow Making Class, contact Hillary McNeir to sign up.
  • December 8, 2016
    Christmas Tea
  • January 5-8, 2017
    Art of the Bloom, benefiting Cameron Art Museum & New Hanover Garden Club at the Blockade Runner
  • January 28, 2017
    Wander in a Winter Garden
  • April 7th - 9th, 2017
    Azalea Garden Tour
  • February 11, 2025
    Our Centennial