Tryon Palace Gardens Open Free for Garden Lover’s Weekend

Gardens weekend and Spring Heritage Plant Sale begin April 10 

Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms at Tryon Palace during Garden Lover’s Weekend, set for the weekend of April 10-12 in historic downtown New Bern. 

Throughout Garden Lover’s Weekend the 16 acres of Tryon Palace gardens will be open to the public free of charge. Tours of the Governor’s Palace, historic homes and some exhibits in the North Carolina History Center will still require the purchase of a ticket. 

For those who want to take home a reminder of the Tryon Palace gardens, the Spring Heritage Plant Sale will be open April 10-11 on the Daves House lawn. Visitors can shop for a plethora of perennials, herbs, annuals, trees and shrubs. Many items for sale are grown locally in the Tryon Palace greenhouse, but supplies are limited. The palace’s Craft and Garden Shop will also be open on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Each year Garden Lover’s Weekend is held in conjunction with the Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation. A $2 discount for a One Day Pass will be applied with a Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour ticket.

The 7th Annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will also be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 11 inside the North Carolina History Center. More than 50 of eastern North Carolina’s finest potters will exhibit their exquisite pottery for sale and provide various throwing and building demonstrations.  

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit