Easter Eggstravaganza

The Gardens hop with excitement over this annual event. The fresh spring colors of The Gardens make it the perfect place for an Easter egg hunt. This family fun event will have all the traditional activities that families expect plus a few additions. Traditional activities planned are the egg roll race, egg hunt and Easter bonnet and hat contest for all ages. Call 252-473-3234 for details.


Peace, love and pets are celebrated at this dog-tastic event. Call 252-473-3234 for details. >more

Harvest Hayday

This autumn-tide event features harvest-hemed activities for families on the Great Lawn. Activities typically include: hay maze, build a scarecrow, leaf rubbing, face painting, balloon sculpting, bird ID, corn hole toss, bubbles, pumpkin bowling, apple rolling, entertainment, make and take crafts, hay rides, Fish and Wildlife activities. Refreshments and baked goods will be available to purchase. Gift shop sales and plant sales will run concurrent to this event. (October 24, 2015)

Grand Illumination

Holiday kick-off event for WinterLights, a seasonal display of holiday lights and sights throughout The Gardens. Special local entertainers and refreshments are featured at this kick-off to WinterLights. Gift shop sales and plant sales will run concurrent to this event. (November 27, 2015)


Imagine over one million lights transforming The Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with floral creations and traditional holiday decorations. Gift shop sales and plant sales will run concurrent to this event. (Dec 2 – Jan 23, 2014-15)

Winter Home & Garden Workshops

Come set the home for the holidays with the creation of a unique home craft project just in time to invigorate up your holiday. Supplies provided.

Other Year-Round Events

Aside from their year-round blooms and beauty, The Gardens has something going on practically every month of the year. The best way to keep informed is to sign-up to join our e-mail list (follow link in column to the right or call 252-473-1554). Inquire before your visit to see if you might enjoy events like: gift shop sales, plant sales, home & garden tours, moonlit garden tours, nature photography workshops, botanical art workshops, just-for-kids events in The Gardens as well as workshops on plant propagation, bulbs, and book signings.


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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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