Garden Lovers Weekend

NEW BERN, NC – April 11-13, 2014

Tryon Palace brings spring into full bloom with Garden Lovers Weekend, held April 11-13. Free garden admission will be offered all weekend, while the Heritage Plant Sale is limited to April 11-12, and the 6th annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will only be held on April 12. 

Enjoy more than 14 acres of Tryon Palace gardens for free during Garden Lovers Weekend. Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms across the Palace gardens, which include the Kitchen Garden and the Latham Memorial Garden. All gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Free garden admission is to the grounds only and does not include interior tours.

The Heritage Plant Sale is always a popular event for lovers of history and gardening alike. Held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, the Heritage Plant Sale gives visitors a rare opportunity to buy plants that are both unique and historic. All the perennials, herbs, annuals, trees and shrubs sold at the Heritage Plant Sale will be from Eastern North Carolina nurseries or from Tryon Palace’s very own greenhouse.

Back by popular demand, the 6th annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will be held at the North Carolina History Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, the East Carolina Pottery Festival will have more than 40 artists exhibiting and selling their original pottery, and several potters giving demonstrations of their pottery throwing and building techniques. 

The Tryon Palace Craft and Garden Shop will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where visitors will be entertained throughout the day with live music on the hammered dulcimer by Mermaid Morgan.

Tryon Palace is also a featured stop on the New Bern Historical Society’s 2014 Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, held on Friday and Saturday of that same weekend. In addition to having the Palace’s gardens open all weekend for free, those presenting a ticket from the Homes and Gardens Tour will receive discounts on tours of the Governor’s Palace and the North Carolina History Center.

Visitors who present their Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour ticket will be given discounted admission to the Palace and North Carolina History Center. This rate is only available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11-13. For more information about the Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour contact 252-638-8558.

For more information about Garden Lovers Weekend at Tryon Palace call 252-639-3500 or visit

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Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.
Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit