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Aug012012

The Elizabethan Gardens

Description

The Elizabethan Gardens is a private, non-profit public garden managed by The Garden Club of North Carolina. The gardens consist of 10.5 acres of oak forest interspersed with loblolly pine, southern magnolia, and American holly. There are well-marked trails meandering through the gardens, most of which are wheelchair accessible. Over 175 species of birds have been seen in or from the Elizabethan Gardens. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit. In the springtime, arrive early and stroll the well-manicured paths. Listen for Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, Black-andwhite, and Prairie Warblers, along with many other warblers, vireos and other migrants. During the fall, clear skies and northwest winds bring lots of migrant songbirds to the Gardens. Tanagers, grosbeaks, orioles, thrushes, vireos and a variety of warblers pass through, especially in September and October. In winter look for loons, grebes, diving ducks, pelicans and terns from the Gazebo or from the Watergate path. Roanoke Sound hosts hundreds of Bufflehead in winter and Common Goldeneye is a possibility. The moderate winter temperatures on Roanoke Island allow a small number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and sometimes a migrant warbler or two to over-winter here. The Gardens also host a variety of regular summer breeders, including Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, and White-eyed Vireo.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Baltimore Oriole, wintering waterfowl

Habitat

pine/hardwood forest, maritime forest, beach

Access and Parking

The Elizabethan Gardens are located adjacent to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Lost Colony Theatre grounds. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm, year-round, except for major holidays (seasonal extended hours). An entrance fee is required. Concessions are available at the gift shop.

Directions

From downtown Manteo, travel west on old US 264 for approximately 4 miles. Turn right at the entrance to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Lost Colony Theatre. The Elizabethan Gardens are located in the same complex. From the west on US 64, turn left in Mann's Harbor at the foot of the Virginia Dare Bridge. Proceed through Mann's Harbor and cross the William B. Umstead Bridge. Approximately one mile beyond the bridge watch for signs for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, The Lost Colony Theatre and The Elizabethan Gardens.

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