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Rooted in History: Bountiful Heirloom Gardens to Discover

Winston-Salem boasts a number of impressive historic and heirloom gardens that tell the rich agricultural history of the city. Spring and summer seasons bring gorgeous blossoms of hydrangeas, bright sunflowers, fragrant herbs (be sure to shop our Farmers Markets) and leafy vegetables. The earliest known community garden was planted in 1759 just 10 minutes outside of present-day Winston-Salem in Bethabara, the first North Carolina Moravian settlement. Then, in 1766, the Moravians settled the town of Salem and gardening practices which were once used for stocking their own pantries became a successful means of trade. It's safe to say our deep Moravian roots have set the standard for gardening in Winston-Salem since their arrival more than two centuries ago. Winston-Salem has an abundance of well-maintained historical gardens for visitors to tour. Below is a preview of our scenic gardens you can experience on your visit to Winston-Salem. 


Gardens to Explore

Historic Bethabara Park

Take a walk through the gardens at Historic Bethabara Park and enter into the days of the 18th century North Carolina backcountry. Bethabara is home to Winston-Salem’s oldest gardens dating back to 1753. Early settlers used gardening as a way to stay connected to the community as well as provide nourishing meals. Today, the meticulously reconstructed gardens, though reconstructed, celebrate that same sentiment. The 1759 Community Garden at Historic Bethabara Park is surrounded by a hand-split picket fence and is lovingly maintained by local gardeners who specialize in colonial agriculture. Today heritage plants and other varieties are planted based on original documents by Christian Reuter, North Carolina’s first forest ranger. The community garden is the only known, well-documented colonial community garden in the U.S. Bethabara is also home to Hortus Medicus (reconstructed), the country's oldest known medical garden. Registered as a National Historic Landmark, Bethabara Park sets the standard for classical charm.
Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Spring Events:

"Spring Takes Flight" & Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of springtime at Historic Bethabara Park for a citywide Easter Egg Hunt and open high-flying fun with kites, butterflies, and birds. A limited number of kites will be available for use. Attendees are suggested to be their own kites. 

Bethabara Highland Games
Saturday, May 13; Begins at 9 a.m.
Admission is free. 
Reminiscent of the Scotch Fairs that were held in the Carolinas in May in the late 1790s, the 17th annual Bethabara Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival offers a relaxing day for family gatherings, musical entertainment, and the camaraderie of competition. This traditional celebration kicks of with Scottish heavy athletics beginning at 9 a.m. Historic Bethabara Park opens to the public at 10 a.m.

Traditional Scottish athletic competitions are once again a highlight of this year's Games with tartan-clad athletes throwing the 56 & 28 lb weights for height and distance. Champion athletes test their strength by tossing the 100+ pound, 19+ foot caber end over end. Other events include the Clachneart (Stone of strength), hammer throw, and the sheaf toss for height.

Celtic music fans will enjoy the 6th Bethabara Scottish Fiddle Competition. Melinda Crawford, a former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion and President of Scottish F.I.R.E. will offer a seminar and judge the competition. The competition, sanctioned by Scottish F.I.R.E., offers competitors the privilege of competing in the National Scottish Fiddle Competition.
The Fiddle and Bow Society hosts entertainment on the Main Stage and pipe bands will perform throughout the day.

Kids enjoy Colonial games and the children's Scottish athletic competition. They may also don their Scottish gear as kilts are available for children free of charge. Beautiful Border collies perform in addition to there being several seminars about Scottish history, and demonstrations of Highland and Irish Dance. Bring a picnic of your own or purchase food onsite sold by vendors adjacent to the picnic area. 

No pets allowed at the Bethabara Highland Games. 

Old Salem Museums & Gardens

The Single Brothers’ Garden in historic Old Salem was once responsible for feeding as many as sixty men of the Salem Single Brothers’ Choir. Now an award-winning restoration garden, it is the largest interpreted garden in Old Salem. Today the Single Brothers’ Garden is planted with crops representing what the unmarried men grew in their kitchen garden during the late 18th century as well as some of their field crops. Heirloom vegetables and grains are found in the garden throughout spring. To learn more about Single Brothers' Garden click here

Across from the Single Brothers' Garden are the Miksch Gardens and House. Offering visitors a look at the "Seed to Soil to Supper" process, this is the most intensive living history site in Salem. Here (ticket required) visitors are immersed into the life-sustaining activities of the 18th century as they interact with the interpreters.
History of the Miksch family: The 1771 Matthew Miksch House is the first single family home built in Salem. Matthew Miksch was trained as a gardener in Europe where he learned the skills to support his family by growing and selling vegetables, seeds and young fruit trees. He served as the forester and assisted master surveyor, Christian Reuter, with the survey of Wachovia.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America's most well-documented historic attractions. Old Salem engages visitors in an educational and memorable experience about the Moravians who settled, lived and worked in Salem in the early South. Spring garden workshops are offered now through May in Old Salem. Enjoy learning in the historic town of Salem where one can walk the cobblestone sidewalks to the beautiful heirloom gardens. To register for the workshops below please visit their site here.

Upcoming Garden Workshops and Events
All Old Salem Garden Workshops are free to attend.

Making Herbal Vinegars
Thursday, March 16; Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Learn how to make herbal vinegar, how to choose and prepare the herbs for infusion, and how to create flavor. Also explore the culinary and medicinal uses of the prepared vinegar you make in this workshop. Presented by herbalist Elizabeth G. Morgan of the Dandelion Soap Herb Shop.
Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided.

Touch, Smell and Learn! How to bring Provence into your Garden
Thursday, April 6; Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
One of spring's most iconic aromas, learn about ideal growing techniques for lavender in the piedmont region of North Carolina. At this free workshop, you will learn tips on planting, growing, and pruning, as well as lavender uses.
Presented by Sandra Sarlinga, farmer and lavender lover at Piemonte Farm.
Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided.

Heirloom Plants Available at T. Bagge Merchant 
Saturday, April 15 through October
626 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday; 1 - 5 p.m.
Old Salem Museums & Gardens offers historic garden lovers the opportunity to pick and plant your very own heirloom plant varieties. The color, fragrance, and flavor of heirlooms stir the memory and create beautiful gardens. The Garden Shop at T. Bagge Merchant offers many of the same varieties as those growing in Old Salem’s beautiful and productive gardens. All plants are healthy and are locally grown in the Old Salem Greenhouse. A selection of perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vines are available as are a broad selection of heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb seed from Seed Savers Exchange, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and D. Landreth Seed Company.

For more information call 336-721-7300 or email

Hosta: Growing Guide and Variety Pictorial Review
Thursday, April 20; Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Hostas are color and interest in the shade! Learn how to grow and maintain them along with a review of some of the more attractive varieties.
Presented by Larry Averill, Master Gardener.
Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided.

Eating to Live or Living to Eat? Cooking with Herbs
Saturday, April 29; 10 – 11 a.m.
Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
We know that our lifestyle matters to one’s health. Join Old Salem Gardens to discover natural herbs and spices that complement a healthy constitution.  Learn insight into natural remedies.
Presented by Trinidad-native Songa Leopold Fultz.

Living with Coyotes
Saturday, May 13; 10 – 11 a.m.
Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Learn about one of the most persecuted animals in North Carolina: the coyote. Coyote ecology, the impact of human behavior on its population, and practical ideas to keep domestic pets safe and coyotes wild will be presented.
Presented by Marilyn McGee, local writer and educator, and NC representative for Project Coyote.

Herbal Remedies
Thursday, May 25; Noon – 1 p.m.
Wachovia Room, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Explore techniques to make your own herbal remedies from plants in your garden. Receive guided direction from start to finish, including how to use items already in your kitchen apothecary. Presented by herbalist Elizabeth G. Morgan of the Dandelion Soap Herb Shop.
Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided.


Reynolda Gardens

Adjacent to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Reynolda Gardens paint a vivid portrait of roses in full bloom, seasonal vegetables and interesting succulents. A walk through the gardens and into the greenhouse not only provides stunning scenery -- it provides a history lesson on early 20th century Winston-Salem during the Reynolds family era. Designed in 1913 on the historic estate of Winston-Salem's tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds and wife Katharine Reynolds, Reynolda Gardens hosts numerous year round workshops allowing visitors to learn new gardening techniques as well as discover Katharine Reynolds' vision of these magnificent gardens. With plants native to the area showing what it would have looked like then and new plant introductions to add a modern vibe, the Reynolda Gardens are the perfect example of how history is still very present today. Start your journey inside the reconstructed greenhouse then venture on to see the boathouse, wetlands and maybe take a jog on wooded trails. 

Reynolda Gardens is free to tour and open year round during daylight hours. Please visit to learn more.

Upcoming Garden Events:

Tomato Plant Sale
Tuesday, April 18; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Greenhouses 
Browse and shop hard-to-find heirloom varieties selected for old-fashioned flavor, plus a few selected modern hybrids.

Big Spring Plant Sale
Monday, April 22; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Spruce up your home with fresh greenery and vividly colored plants. Reynolda Gardens hosts their annual Big Spring Plant Sale with specialty annuals and perennials, including herbs and vegetables, that have been selected by Reynolda Gardens horticulturists for reliability in local growing conditions. Plants will be featured on the Reynolda Gardens Facebook page here during the week preceding the sale. 


Tanglewood Park Arboretum

Featuring twenty-six spectacular gardens that showcase seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, and a wide variety of trees native to the area. The Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood is one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Forsyth County. Nestled behind Tanglewood's historic Manor House, the gardens are open to the public year-round.

2017 Arboretum Adult Education Seminars
All classes are free to attend. Mention the Arboretum Seminar to the park officer working the main entrance for free admission into the park. 
Arboretum Office Location: 
4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012

To register for any Arboretum Seminar, please email or call 336-703-2850 no earlier than 2 weeks before the date of the program.

Find the Arboretum Office at Tanglewood:
The Arboretum Office is a white building located behind the Manor House which is on your left-hand side after you enter the park. You may park in the Manor House parking lot, which is to the right of the house as you face it from the street.

Camellias for the Piedmont Triad
Wednesday, Feb. 15; 11 a.m. - noon
Camellias offer blooms from late fall to early spring. Learn the basics for growing camellias in the Piedmont. 

No Deer Here
Wednesday, March 15; 11 a.m. - Noon
Learn how to minimize deer damage by understanding deer behavior and using repellents, fencing, and deer resistant plants. 

Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 22 - Tuesday, April 25

Planting a Cutting Garden
Monday, April 24; 11 a.m. - Noon
Taking up gardening is a wonderful way to learn more about the plants in your own back yard and to plan what beautiful floral arrangements you might like to see inside your own home. Learn what plants to grow for cutting and how to harvest them for long-lasting blooms.

Drip Irrigation
Tuesday, April 25; 11 a.m. - Noon
Learn how to put together a small drip irrigation system. Following the demonstration, a tour of several gardens in the Arboretum will be offered to show three different types of drip irrigation. 

Insects in the Garden
Wednesday, May 17; 11 a.m. - Noon
Learn how to create a habitat for beneficial insects with flowering plants and cover crops that provide year-round resources for pollinators and
predators. Cultural practices to prevent pest damage on vegetable crops and tips for managing specific pests will
be included. 

Carnivorous Plants
Wednesday, June 21; 11 a.m. - Noon
North Carolina is home to many native carnivorous plants, including the Venus flytrap, the official state carnivorous plant. Learn about some of the carnivorous plants found in NC and how you can include them in your home garden.

Creative Vegetable Gardening
Wednesday, July 19; 11 a.m. - Noon
Learn how to use your creative talent and innovative spirit to increase productivity in the vegetable garden and make it a fun place to work. 



Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden   

Our newest garden celebrates new and historic roots. Located in the heart of Kernersville, just 15 minutes outside from downtown Winston-Salem, sits Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden with two acres, 15 separate gardens and 1,300 different types of plants. An extraordinary feature found here is the Kitchen Garden, planted in accordance with Moravian tradition. The Pattern Garden at PJCBG contains the largest spring bulb display in the Piedmont Triad area.
The garden is open from dawn until dusk 365 days a year.
Admission is free.
For information on Paul J. Ciener and their gardening lectures series and events click here

Check out Paul J. Ciener's Event and Workshop Calendar:

From Azaleas to Zelkova, Great Plants from the National Arboretum
Thursday, March 2; 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Cost: $20/person - Includes hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine
Join Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens for "From Azaleas to Zelkova, Great Plants from the National Arboretum," the first event in the lineup for the 2017 Chip Callaway Lecture Series. Since its inception in 1927, the United States National Arboretum has had a profound impact on American landscapes through the collection, development, and distribution of new plant introductions. From large-flowered, cold-hardy azaleas to powdery-mildew resistant crape myrtles bred by scientists, to new maples and zelkovas from plant explorers, the National Arboretum continues to beautify and sustain landscapes across the country. A whirlwind tour of the plants and people making it happen at the National Arboretum from its newest director, Richard T. Olsen.

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by Olsen's lecture at 6 p.m.

Register here by Thursday, Feb. 23 or call (336) 996-7888.

"Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot"
Thursday, March 16; 2 - 4 p.m.
Learn about one of the world's most distinctive trees from one of the world's foremost botanical experts, Professor Sir Peter R. Crane. Dr. Crane discusses the history of the ginkgo, its cultural significance, medicinal and nutritional uses and its importance as one of the world's oldest and most recognizable trees. A book signing will follow Dr. Crane's lecture.

Register by calling (336) 617-8344 or email

Lunch & Learn: "The Making of a Perennial Border"
Thursday, March 23; Noon - 1 pm.
PJCBG garden curator Adrienne Roethling discusses the concept of a perennial border began in England where gardeners use permanent plants with interesting color, texture and form to eliminate the use of annuals. With this in mind, one can find herbaceous perennials that require little maintenance, offer multiple seasonal appeal and flower for a longer period of time. Paul J. Ciener's award-winning perennial border began in 2009 and has been one of the most talked about gardens on display.

Registration is required. To register call 336-996-7888. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The Gardens will supply drinks.

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 8; 8 a.m. - noon
Join PJCBG at the Garden for the annual Spring Plant Sale. Plants for sun and shade, selected trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and more will be on sale. A list of plants will be posted on the PJCBG website prior to the sale. 
Proceeds benefit the future development of the Garden. 

Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom
Saturday, April 8; 2 - 4 p.m.
Free admission
The Garden's Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom features the largest spring bulb display in the area. Enjoy over 24,000 bulbs that will be blooming in a glorious celebration of Spring. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, visit or call 336-996-7888

9th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 20; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with Paul J. Ciener and the town of Kernersville. The annual Earth Day celebration is a free program that centers on teaching environmental stewardship. The day's events features exciting eco-friendly products and services, live demonstrations, food trucks, t-shirt and tree seedling giveaways, and much more. Activities for children include arts and crafts with reused material provided by the Scrap Exchange, Earth Day paint mural and games.

For more information, contact Public Services at (336) 996-6916 or email

Concert on the Lawn featuring Balsam Range
Thursday, June 1; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $15
Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. It's five distinct personalities create one remarkable musical experience. From where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, award-winning Balsam Range is offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of Bluegrass and beyond with their new release Mountain Voodoo. Food trucks, local beer and wine are available for purchase. No coolers, pets or smoking.

Attendees should plan to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The concert is held rain or shine. 

To learn more about BALSAM RANGE, click here.


Spring/Summer Farmers Markets in Winston-Salem

The spring and summer months are known for stirring the senses and inspiring creativity in the kitchen. Visit Winston-Salem's many farmers markets and treat your palate to fresh berries, fragrant herbs and bright vegetables. Just can’t wait for the weekend markets? Cobblestone Farmers Market Downtown is located in the Downtown Arts District every Wednesday afternoon. Tanglewood Park Farmers Market covers double shifts on Thursdays and Saturdays and Reynolda Village Farmer’s Market offers a Friday fill-up on produce, meats and flowers. Weekend markets include the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem, Kernersville Farmers Market and the year-round Dixie Classic Farmer’s Market, each on Saturdays.

Cobblestone Farmers Market: Winter Market
Saturdays, 9 - 11 a.m.
January 14 - March 25, 2017
Chatham Building - 305 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Cobblestone Farmers Market: Historic Old Salem District
Every Saturday, April-November
9 a.m. - Noon 
Old Salem Museum & Gardens
Corner of West & Salt Streets, adjacent to the Single Brothers Garden
Ranked as one of the best farmers markets in America by U.S. News & World Report, Old Salem Cobblestone Market is a bountiful, producer-only market that entices food-enthusiasts with farm fresh vegetables/produce, leafy greens, grass-fed beef and lamb and freshly picked flowers. Click here to see the rankings.
The Old Salem Cobblestone Market is located next to the Single Brothers Garden and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. To learn more about seasonal offerings at the market click here.
Mother-daughter duo Margaret and Salem Norfleet Neff created and operate the Cobblestone Markets and are also the proprietors for Beta Verde. Beta Verde is a “home sown” production that retails small batch local pickles and preserves. Many of the ingredients are harvested in Margaret and Salem’s backyard along with the partnership of local farms. To learn more information about Beta Verde click here.

Dixie Classic Farmers Market
Every Saturday Year-round; 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
421 W. 27th Street (Dixie Classic Fairgrounds)
Winston-Salem's only year-round Saturday farmers market features locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, jams, jellies, meats, honey, a variety of crafts and fresh baked goods. The Dixie Classic Fair Farmers Market is open on the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For updates on weekly vendors visit their website at

Tanglewood Park Farmers Market
May - October
Every Thursday; 4 - 6 p.m. and every Saturday; 8:30 am.. - noon
4201 Manor House Circle
Clemmons, NC 27012
Winston-Salem's newest farmers market is held on the scenic grounds of Tanglewood Park. Patrons look forward to finding a variety of fresh, locally sourced meats, cheeses, produce and herbs. The Market is located across from the Tanglewood RV Campground and adjacent to the dog park area. Patrons are able to access the farmers market without paying the park entrance.
Visit their website here