Cape Fear Botanical Garden

About Us

Come and Grow With Us!

Founded in 1989, Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a natural beauty situated on an impressive 80 acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville.

The Botanical Garden offers engaging cultural events to inspire and excite, educational activities to energize, and peaceful spots to refresh. Visitors of all ages are welcome.

Flourishing with beautiful specialty gardens and blooming ornamental plants, Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s highlights include Camellia, Daylilly and Shade Gardens, Butterfly Stroll and Children’s Garden, and the Heritage Garden featuring 1886 agricultural structures and a homestead.

Host to any special occasion, our lovely and world class Wyatt Visitors Pavilion Complex is the perfect complement to our Garden and the venue for weddings, business and military functions, workshops and more.

Stroll along our scenic river trail with water views, take in a guided tour, relax on our patio overlooking the Cypress Pond, and take home the perfect gift from our destination Gift Shop.

We look forward to your visit!

Mission Statement

The mission of Cape Fear Botanical Garden is to transform people’s relationship with plants and the natural world.


The vision of Cape Fear Botanical Garden is to create and sustain a national caliber institution with gardens and programs of exceptional quality. We will be the premier destination in the region for people to connect with nature and to expand their horizons through educational and cultural programs.


In 1989, a handful of Fayetteville gardening enthusiasts shared a grand vision. They believed our community should — and could — have a botanical garden of its own. Led by community members Bruce Williams, Martha Duell, and Roger Mercer, these enthusiasts came together and established the Friends of the Botanical Garden. The Garden was conceived at Martha Duell’s kitchen table, in the print of Roger Mercer’s gardening column, and with the cajoling, laughing, and crying of dozens of committed supporters and volunteers.


Board of Directors

Cape Fear Botanical Garden board members bring to the Garden years of experience and focused expertise to provide the guidance and oversight which gives clear direction to the Garden programs. From committee service to volunteer labor to advocacy and public outreach, every director gives many hours of selfless volunteer service each year.


Employment Opportunities

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join our team. If you are interested, please apply as directed.

To apply for employment at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, please download and complete the application form.
Return via email with resume to or by mail to:
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 53485
Fayetteville, NC 28305
Cape Fear Botanical Garden, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation or disability.


Cape Fear Botanical Garden has fun and challenging volunteer opportunities available year-round, indoors or outdoors. Our volunteer opportunities require special training to provide the correct information, explain policies and procedure, and properly prepare a volunteer for the tasks they will be assigned. Sign-up for training on-line or contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information to find a project that interests you.

Volunteers can focus their talents on areas including:

  • First Impressions – Visitor Services
  • Administration
  • Horticulture
  • Education
  • Events


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