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Pitt County Arboretum

The Pitt County Arboretum is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon in some peace and quiet. This free garden is located on the grounds of the Pitt County Agriculture Center and filled with beautiful flowers, mixed vegetation, a children’s garden, and more! 

The Pitt County Arboretum is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Entry is free, however donations are encouraged. 

Want to plan your trip based on the season? Find out what is in bloom here.


The Pitt County Arboretum has a few guidelines on visitor etiquette, which we strongly encourage you looking through before your visit. Remember to respect the gardens and not pick or remove anything from the grounds, keep dogs on a leash, remain on designated paths, and leave the grounds cleaner than you found them! 

Click here for a full guide on visitor and photographer etiquette.


Find monthly tours on the second Friday at noon for a fun guided experience! Every tour has a different theme designed to gardeners’ questions about finding the right plants for their home gardens. Attendance is free, but they ask that you pre-register before coming. If you can’t make the monthly tour, you can also call 252-902-1709 to schedule a personal walking tour.

Arboretum Map


The Pitt County Arboretum has 13 unique gardens on the grounds, allowing visitors the opportunity to see a variety of flora that you can’t experience elsewhere in Pitt County!

Our Favorites:


The Memorial Garden serves as a quiet retreat to stop and take in the scenery. Shaded by shrubbery and trees, this is a great spot to relax and reflect.


This section of the Arboretum is made for the kids! The Children’s Garden is a wonderland filled with color, birdhouses, garden ornaments, and something interesting in every corner! A kid favorite is the rabbit hole, a tunnel covered in vines that is perfect for releasing some energy. 


The Vegetable Garden is a small space with an innovative design that allows the Arboretum to strategically have various harvests in each season. We love this garden because the harvests are donated to local food pantries and community organizations.


Since 2008, the Butterfly Garden has been a safe place for pollinators from environmental hazards such as wind and storms. This green roof shelter is filled with nectar plans to provide food sources and habitats for butterflies. 


If you want to stretch your legs, we highly recommend visiting the Walking Garden. Established in 2000 as a Certified Plant Professional collection, this section of the grounds is a great place to stroll and breathe in the fresh air.