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Cape Fear Botanical Garden

536 North Eastern Boulevard

Mission Statement

The mission of Cape Fear Botanical Garden is to transform people’s relationship with plants and the natural world.


The vision of Cape Fear Botanical Garden is to create and sustain a national caliber institution with gardens and programs of exceptional quality. We will be the premier destination in the region for people to connect with nature and to expand their horizons through educational and cultural programs.


In 1989, a handful of Fayetteville gardening enthusiasts shared a grand vision.

heritage_garden_farmhouseThey believed our community should — and could — have a botanical garden of its own. 

Led by community members Bruce Williams, Martha Duell, and Roger Mercer, these enthusiasts came together and established the Friends of the Botanical Garden. The Garden was conceived at Martha Duell’s kitchen table, in the print of Roger Mercer’s gardening column, and with the cajoling, laughing, and crying of dozens of committed supporters and volunteers.

Through the steadfast perseverance of these founders, the Friends of the Botanical Garden were able to lease a city-owned park and lay the foundation for Cape Fear Botanical Garden, now a priceless gem to all of Fayetteville. It took hard work and sacrifice by all involved, but the achievement was undeniable.

Since then, Cape Fear Botanical Garden has flourished. Today, over twenty years later, the Garden encompasses 79 acres of pine and hardwood forest, and boasts meticulously preserved natural areas of the region’s indigenous plants, trees and wildlife. The cultivated garden areas showcase more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants, and include our renowned Daylily, Camellia and Hosta gardens. The River Walk, Heritage Garden, Children’s Garden, and PWC Water Wise Garden provide unique educational experiences for young and old alike.

Opening the Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex in April 2011 was a milestone as it elevates our capabilities and allows us to expand our ability to serve visitors and our community. 


B Jenkins

Friday, April 13, 2018
I've been to botanic gardens all over the USA and Europe. This was probably my least favorite. Yes the azaleas and rhododendrons are nice, but I can see those in my neighborhood. I saw no educational markings other than a few names of trees. The specimen plants were in very small sections of the gardens. So if you arrive there the same time as a large group of students on a field trip, like I did, it is very hard to enjoy them. The only restrooms were in the main building and another very close to it. So if you are at the back by the river, it is a long walk to a toilet or a drink of water. You are not allowed to bring any food or water in with you so make sure you buy water in a plastic bottle as you enter. Seems rediculous to me that you would not encourage people to bring a reusable water bottle that could be filled up at a fountain. I was very disappointed with my visit. The fee to enter is $10. I think your money would be better spent at a local park (free) where you could have a picnic. I would, however, recommend this place as an event venue. The layout seems good for that if it is not too expensive.

Michael Butler

Monday, June 4, 2018
The garden is in full bloom. It has grown tremendously over the last several years. With addition of the pavilion it's a great place to hold just about any event.

Edward Davis

Saturday, June 9, 2018
As the Horticulture Director of another Carolina botanical garden, I can say "ignore the negative reviews". This garden is a great asset for tourists as well as locals. Plant specimens are well identified yet without too many distracting signs (B need to be more honest with your reviews, European gardens have less signs than this garden). Botanists should visit the gardens to see the rare Florida Torreya (in the conifer collection). The small staff of gardeners and volunteers do an excellent job of maintaining the gardens in spite of their challenges (public gardens can't survive on fees, they depend on large donations from major benefactors). Like all other public botanical gardens, visitors must call or look online for pet, food and photography rules. Visitors who write negative reviews because they don't make an effort to research garden rules before visiting should be given a bad-reviewer score.

Zach Kamla

Saturday, March 3, 2018
We attended a story/craft time event and then strolled the grounds. The Botanical Garden has lots of nature activities for kids and adults alike with a team of dedicated volunteers. At the entrance, they have a selection of flowers that are in bloom at that time. In the gift shop, the cashier gave our son a scavenger hunt sheet which was a lot of fun for him while wife and I enjoyed the beautiful flowers. The scenery is remarkable with several themed gardens. I would highly recommend a walk in the Gardens for a leisurely afternoon, and I picked up a membership pamplet because it is a place to go again and again.

Deirdre Goins

Saturday, May 12, 2018
A beautiful place to get away from the rush of day to day. It has enough to offer to keep my tween and toddlers happy. We love it.

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