Holiday Lights in the Garden

Join us November 30- December 2, December 7-9, 14-16 & 19-23 5:30-9:30pm each night from 5:30pm to 9pm. This year, grab your coats and golden tickets as you enjoy Polar Express themed activities and decorations!

Help Us Continue To Grow!

Since 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden has grown and flourished to become a beautiful and treasured part of Fayetteville. The Garden has an essential role in the community and enhances the quality of life for people of all ages by providing cultural and educational programs, field trips and camps for our children, resiliency programs for soldiers and veterans, and places, both native and cultivated, in which to connect with nature.

Benefits of Membership

  • Member cards included for all permanent residents of household (18 years or older)
  • Free or reduced rates to 300+ botanical gardens (list available HERE)
  • Unlimited daily admission for 12 months for each member cardholder (selected special events require separate ticket purchase)
  • 10% member discount at the Garden Gift Shop and on private outside facility rental
  • Reduced price tickets for special events like Holiday Lights, summer camps, adult and children workshops, fitness classes and more! (some restrictions may apply)
  • Invitations to participate in member-only events
  • Quarterly coupons and/or special shopping events at the Gift Shop
  • One year subscription to Scenic Views, our quarterly newsletter
  • Free one year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine or Martha Stewart’s Living magazine
  • Discounted subscription to Carolina Gardener magazine
  • Enjoy discounts from local community partners
  • Receive two free Garden guest passes to let friends and family to enjoy the Garden.

Fayetteville & Local Community

We are sincerely grateful for the grants, and the ongoing support and commitment of these Funding Partners to advocate for the Botanical Garden and our community’s non-profits.

Upcoming Events

Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
This painting class is a perfect date night or girl’s night out! Canvas, paint, brushes, pallet, easel and instruction provided. At the end of class, you will be amazed by your “inner artist” and the[...]
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cape Fear Botanical Garden and YMCA of Sandhills, have partnered to bring you Yoga in the Garden! Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery from 6:00pm-7:00pm.[...]
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Choose a session: 10am or 1pm Ages: Pre-K (adults are required to stay with children) Cost: Included with Garden Membership, non-members pay regular daily admission at the door. Come learn about turkeys as we gobble[...]
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ages: 6+ Cost: $10/member family; $15/non-member family Learn about composting with worms and how worms are an important to soil health. Make your own vermicomposting bin to take home. All materials will be provided. Please[...]

Facility Rentals

The Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex at Cape Fear Botanical Garden is the premier rental space for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate and military functions, special occasions, and holiday celebrations – small and large, intimate and grand. Exquisite facilities paired with superb cuisine provide the perfect location in Fayetteville for your event.


Cape Fear Botanical Garden provides a variety of educational opportunities for all ages in the Fayetteville community. Attend a workshop to refine your gardening skills, bring your group for a guided tour, try your hand at art, drop by for story time, or join us on a nature walk – there’s something for everyone!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Education Education - Do you enjoy teaching others about nature, plants, animals, and bugs? Becoming an education docent is a terrific opportunity for you to provide visitors with ...
  • Horticulture Horticulture - Whether you are well versed in propagation or can’t tell the difference between a peony and a petunia, we are looking for volunteers of all ...
  • Administration Administration - Are you a team builder, or someone who likes to do administrative work? Administrative volunteers assist with typical daily administrative task in Education, Visitor Services, ...
  • Day Camp First Impressions – Visitor Services - Our First Impressions volunteers are the faces of the Garden – the first and last faces that visitors see as they arrive and depart. Additionally, ...

“Fayetteville’s Gem”

“This is a great spot to go and spend some time. Connected to the Cape Fear River Trail, the Botanical garden is accessible from points in Downtown Fayetteville – or by car. Start in Downtown and take a leisurely walk or bike ride on the trail to the Garden. There are always beautiful exhibits, a wonderful gift shop, and special…”

– Fay T

“Refreshing Walk Through Nature”

“A mid-summer meant there were less blooming flowers but the gardens were still nice for talking a walk and enjoying time outdoors. Seems like a good place to take children for a relaxing outing. There are few enclosed speciality gardens and everything is labeled fairly well. I would go back the next time blooms are at their peak!”

– Pamela R

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    • This Holiday season... believe! Holiday Lights Tickets are now on sale! #linkinbio
    • Cape Fear Botanical Garden is honored to take part in the missing Man Table initiative to commemorate Veterans Day and this year’s Heroes Homecoming project. The table is a place of honor acknowledging those missing from the celebration with each part of the table holding symbolic meaning. More information: 🇺🇸 #KnowSacrifice #UnitedInService #HeroesHomecoming #VeteransDay
    • Crisp autumn air and a walk in the Garden to admire the changing leaves makes for a good Sunday. We’re open from noon to 4pm today! 🍂
    • A warm, woody, spicy odor with a hint of cinnamon will rise to greet you when walking by our Shade Garden. Ginger Lilies are blooming! 🌸 #GingerLily #Garden #FayettevilleNC
    • It’s starting to look like Fall in the Garden! 🍁 Next time you visit you won’t want to leaf! 🍂
    • Hurricane Florence almost delayed this intimate reception dinner but this amazing couple were determined to make it happen. The bride and the groom(who is our Tai Chi instructor on Tuesdays) both came out multiple days to help clean up the hurricane damage so it would be ready for their big day. Thank you so much for helping us and we are so happy we were able to celebrate with you! ✨ Photos by @gtcphotography_weddings  #CFBGWeddings #WeddingWednesday #weddinginspiration #hurricanewedding #gardenwedding #fayettevillenc #northcarolinawedding
    • “We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” - Abraham Lincoln
    • Starting Monday, November 5 and going to March 11, the Garden will be on Winter Hours. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 12-4pm.