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The Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive

History, mystery and fantasy are combined in these special gardens, which are a memorial to the first English colonists who came to North America in 1584-1587 and "walked away through the dark forest into history" as memorialized in Paul Green's symphonic drama, "The Lost Colony". For here and nowhere else, Sir Walter Raleigh made initial attempts to colonize the New World under Queen Elizabeth I. Truly this hallowed site is the birthplace of America.

The Elizabethan Gardens, located on this same site which the colonists first landed, is full of history and beauty in this tranquil setting on the shores of Roanoke Island. Founded and supported by the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. and featured in many landscape books and calendars, The Elizabethan Gardens is one of the finest examples of gardens of this period. Truly, it stands out as the crown jewel of Roanoke Island.

Each season brings a fresh and exciting array of flowering plants, shrubs and trees. Masses of blooming azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendrons, herbs and bulbs can be experienced in the spring. Sweet scented roses, magnolias, crape myrtle, hydrangeas and bedding plants bring stunning color to the summer garden. Annuals and impatiens are abundant in the autumn and spectacular camellias and daphne bloom in late fall and winter. Also enjoy exquisite antique statuary, the world's largest bronze likeness of HRH Queen Elizabeth I and period buildings.


Allison Dorbad

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Beautiful gardens, one of our favorite places in North Carolina. Today we had a 5 year old's birthday party here. We were treated like royalty! Each attending child (and parent) was treated like they were the most treasured guest - even when the kids were running around "being kids". The entire process was so easy and I didn't have to do ANYTHING but bring in some food. Easiest and most fun birthday party we have ever had. We are excited to come back in a couple of months when they have the butterfly exhibit and look forward to their cool expanded kids exhibits in the future. Highly recommended.

Kyle Pezzolla

Friday, March 16, 2018
One of the most beautiful gardens I have been to. It’s unique because it’s on the sea. The mix of all the different plants and then the ocean back drop is amazing.

Christian Alvarez

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
One of the most beautiful gardens on the Carolina coast. In fact, I’d consider it one of the most beautiful gardens ever in North Carolina! If you’re looking to have some engagement photos taken or even have a wedding out here, or just come to visit, this is the place to go! Just a heads up, during the colder months like Nov-Mar, the winds become more unforgiving as you get closer to the water, and they close the gardens early if the winds are too much, so I’d recommend bringing a coat.

Denise Chmielewski

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Garden is nicely planned and arranged. Beautiful flowers and statuary.

Nina Massengjll

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
A great Area to take a stroll and look at these beautiful plants.

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