Monday, June 9, 2014

Pinehurst Alternative: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Atkins Hillside Garden.
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.
While the Men’s and Women’s US Open in Pinehurst are in full swing June 9-22, gardeners wanting more horticultural visuals than only the historic course No. 2 turf grass may want to venture northeast to visit the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.

The Sandhills Horticultural Gardens opened in 1978 with the establishment of the Ebersole Holly Garden, and today it cover thirty-two acres. The Gardens are free and open to the public Monday to Sunday, from dawn until sunset. The Gardens offer an educational visit to anyone with an interest in plants, nature, and design composition in harmony with the native, sandy topography of south central North Carolina. Students enrolled in Sandhills Community College’s Landscape Gardening Department maintain the Gardens with the support of the Sandhills Horticultural Society. Planning, design, construction and maintenance of the gardens provide field experience for the students pursuing their Associate of Applied Science degrees in landscape gardening.

Over the years, additional gardens have been created and installed to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, these include:
  • Rose Garden
  • Conifer Garden
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Garden
  • Atkins Hillside Garden
  • Fruit & Vegetable Garden
  • Hackley Woodland Garden
  • Ambrose Japanese Garden
  • Desmond Native Wetland Trail Garden
Visitors can find the Gardens on: 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374. Phone: (910) 695-3882.

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