Posts Tagged ‘Gardens’

Slow Art Day celebrations in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, a look at the history beneath the seas in Southport and a garden lover’s weekend in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Commemorate the 239th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, the first official cry from a colony for independence from Great Britain with a day of special tours and living history activities at Historic Halifax Sunday.

2. Experience the mesmerizing vision of Hector Belio’s Symphonie Fantastique as performed by the North Carolina Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines and Raleigh.

3. Visit Tryon Palace’s gardens for free, learn how to spruce up your home with historic plants and a take a tour of New Bern‘s historic homes and gardens as part of the site’sGarden Lover’s Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

4. Spend Slow Art Day, a global event aimed at helping people experience art in new ways, with the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh or the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

5. Discover the history hidden beneath the seas around the lower Cape Fear region Saturday at a symposium hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. UPDATE 4/10 — This event has been cancelled

6. Dive deep into the work of Thomas Wolfe and discuss one his short stories with local author Terry Roberts Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

7. Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem for a morning of cartoons and art making Saturday.

8. See antique tractors and trains from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

9. Celebrate the birthday of Addy Walker, an African American Girl Doll representing the Civil War era, with Historic Stagvile in Durham.

10. Take a kayak trip with your kids and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

11. Hear about the close of the Civil War in North Carolina from expert scholar Mark Bradley Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Just in time for spring, discover the fascinating history behind gardens in ancient Egypt Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

13. Make your own Civil War-style haversack Saturday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

14. Watch some of the world’s best documentaries in downtown Durham throughout the weekend as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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It’s the first day of spring and we’re excited! It’s been a pretty rough winter across the Tar Heel State, and if you’re feeling as stir crazy as we are, you’re ready to get out there and celebrate the coming of the warmer weather with all of the best that North Carolina has to offer.

Here’s what’s on our spring bucket list. What’s on yours?

nctm-spring-list1. Jump on board the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

No one signals the arrival of spring quite like the Easter Bunny. And during the next couple of weeks, he’ll be offering special train rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum that your kids won’t want to miss. In addition to train rides, your family can also have breakfast with the big bunny and go on an Easter egg hunt at the museum on select days.


This free online course from the State Library and Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest will introduce beginners to the basics of the family history research, while offering pros a chance to take part in the teaching process and share their love for family history with others. Spring is a great time for a new project, make genealogy yours!


bville-spring-list3. Experience a Civil War living history program.

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment will take place this weekend at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, but the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of Civil War won’t stop there. We have a number of programs planned through the rest of the season.


tryon-spring-list4. Visit the beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace.

The gardens at Tryon Palace represent the wide array of landscapes you’d see on larger estates during the 18th and 19th centuries. From the grandeur of the formal Maude Moore Latham Garden to the natural Wilderness Garden and the practical Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to explore.


library-b-spring-list5. Explore past issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

In print since 1937, Wildlife in North Carolina is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The magazine features a stunning collection of nature photography perfect for the season, and thanks to the hard the work of the State Library, you can read more than 700 issues online for free.


science-spring-list6. See the science behind some of state’s most fascinating history.

From an overview of the engineering that makes Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs work to a look at the cutting edge technology used to conserve artifacts from the wreck of the Blackbeard’s flagship, several of our historic sites, museums and other venues are teaming up with the N.C. Science Festival this April to show you the interesting intersections of history and science.


arts-spring-list7. Try out a new North Carolina arts experience.

From annual music festivals like MerleFest and Moogfest to the start of the run of the many of North Carolina’s outdoor dramas, there are so many great experiences across the Tar Heel State in the springtime. Check out the N.C. Arts Council’s cultural trails for some inspiration.


ncma-spring-list8. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

If you saw our fall bucket list, you probably know that we recommended the park then, too. But the truth is that there’s really no bad to time to visit this 160-acre Raleigh gem. As part of its inaugural Art in Bloom festival this weekend, the museum will be offering several great programs, both inside and out.

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Happy first day of fall! Autumn is always an amazing time to get out there and explore all the unique outdoor and cultural destinations that the Tar Heel State has to offer.

To celebrate this year’s Fall Equinox, we thought we’d share seven activities we have on our fall bucket list that you should try, too:

1. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.


Thanks to this year’s great weather, the museum still has some outdoor concerts and movies left.

2. See how North Carolinians celebrated fall during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.

3. Take in the breathtaking fall foliage 19th century-style at Vance Birthplace.


 4. Sample a heritage heirloom apple at Horne Creek Farm.

Horne Creek is home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves more than 400 varieties of old southern apples. Many of those varieties are on the brink of extinction. The Annual Cornshucking Frolic in October is a great excuse to visit.

5. Find your favorite North Carolina sounds at a fall music festival.


We’re especially excited for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week.

6. Explore a different kind of fall beauty at Tryon Palace’s gardens.


This weekend’s Family Day and Mumfest in October are two of the best times to visit.

7. Pick a pumpkin at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Harvest Festival.



As you begin to explore all that North Carolina has to offer this season, be sure and tune into Visit North Carolina’s website and social media for fall foliage and fishing reports from the State Parks, and tag all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #visitnc; we’ll be passing along some of our favorites.

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Gotta green thumb?

Gardens galore! What a weekend ahead – the tulips are perky and bright, ready for you to see at Tryon Palace in New Bern’s Garden Lover’s Weekend. Free admission to the gardens, heritage plants for sale and Suzuki violins and dulcimers, too. Not to mention the famous Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps (video). No wonder George Washington danced here in this beautiful city on the banks of the Trent River! This is a unique chance to own rare or historic perennials, herbs, annuals, trees and shrubs–straight from the Palace greenhouse to your own garden. Make a day of it with New Bern’s Historic Homes Tour, too.

You’ll find more ideas for your home garden with a stop on Saturday, April 16, to the Executive Mansion on South Blount Street in downtown Raleigh for the Spring Open Garden Tours (video). Meet volunteer docents in the garden who can tell you about the bee and bird friendly landscaping, the 20 varieties of lettuce in the kitchen garden – we hear salad is the Governor’s favorite food!—and see interesting North Carolina artist’s sculptures. The gates will be open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. No reservation is required for the free tour. The Executive Mansion – “the people’s house” – is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne cottage style of Victorian architecture in the country.

Growing great food in the kitchen garden has been a way of life here forever. Most North Carolinians lived on small farms during the 1800s. Just a block away from the Executive Mansion, at the new Museum of History exhibit, “The North Carolina Story,” you can step inside the restored two-room house that carpenter Solomon Robson built in Pitt County in 1742, and learn about the lifestyles of many farm families before the Civil War. In those days folks grew veggies aplenty –they didn’t know they were growing fancy and trendy “heirlooms!”  The exhibit opens April 16.

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