Tryon Palace Offers Free Gardens Admission, Plant Sale during Mumfest

Free Admission to Gardens Oct. 10-12, Plant Sale to be Held Oct. 10-11

Tryon Palace will have gardens full of mums displayed for free during “Mum’s the Word.” Gardens will be free to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 10-11, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Held each year in conjunction with Mumfest, plant lovers are also invited to shop for all their favorite fall plants during Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale, held Oct. 10-11.

Tryon Palace features 16 acres of sculpted gardens located around the Governor’s Palace and historic homes that represent the formal garden style of 18th-century Britain.  Visitors will also be treated to music from Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps. Performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in front of the Governor’s Palace.
The Fall Heritage Plant Sale is a fundraising event offering unique, rare and historic plants on the Daves House lawn, located just inside the front gate. Tryon Palace’s Fall Heritage Plant Sale invites plant lovers to shop for perennials, herbs, annuals, trees, shrubs and more. This two-day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 10-11.

Supplies are limited so shoppers are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection. 

The Craft and Garden Shop, located on the western side of the Governor’s Palace, will also be open during both days of the plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Both the Museum Store and the Craft and Garden Shop are having a storewide sale to celebrate Mumfest, with all items in the stores, excluding sale and consignment items, discounted 10 percent.

For more information about free gardens admission or the Fall Heritage Plant Sale, call 252-639-3500 or visit

Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

Oct. 8: Tryon’s Tots

Oct. 10-11: Fall Hertitage Plant Sale

Oct. 16: Fall Flavor: A Historic Dining Experience

Oct. 24: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Concert

Oct. 25: All Hallow’s Eve

Oct. 25: “Whistle and I’ll Come to You”

Dec. 13 and 20: Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Celebration

Tryon Palace Media Contact

Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
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 N.C. 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 Archives and Records, 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 people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

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