The Wilkes Community College Gardens, located between the Triad and the High Country of western North Carolina, have something of interest for everyone. Our unique campus offers many courses of study, including Horticulture, with students and visitors enjoying the various seasonal gardens. Some of the major gardens to visit include the Eddy Merle Watson Garden of the Senses featuring Braille-labeled plants and sculptured music and alphabet walls; the two-hundred year old Whitley Cabin; the Vernon and Louise Deal Native Gardens containing a one-mile walking trail; the Ruth Colvard Rose Garden; the Robin Joines Student Plaza and Gardens; The Sara Mills Japanese Garden; a children’s playground; picnic areas; and duck pond. Thousands of local residents and visitors alike enjoy outdoor shows and events in the gardens such as the acclaimed MerleFest held each April.

Enjoy Seasonal Attractions of Selected Gardens

The WCC Gardens Endowment
For many, the quiet beauty of the WCC Gardens affords a unique opportunity to honor loved ones or their memory. The endowment of a garden, however large or small, provides a means to perpetually pay tribute to parents, spouse, children, friends and loved ones.

WCC Horticulture Technology

The Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural practices are included in the program of study. For more information about the Horticulture Technology program contact:

Donna Riddle

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Garden Tours

To schedule garden tours, contact:

Contact Information

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Allison Phillips, BS
VP of Institutional Advancement; Executive Director, WCC Foundation
Phone: 336-838-6491

Gardens Staff

Ronald Dollyhite
Dean, Applied Career Technologies

Judy Bauguess
Alexandra Vogel
Greenhouse Managers

Gary Roath
Grounds Department

Thank You
Thanks to all the valuable help from work study and part time support!