Gardens 2005 Blooming Season
Orton Plantation Gardens, located halfway between
Southport, NC, is now in full bloom. Orton Plantation
Gardens consists of 20 acres of
beautiful gardens, which includes formal beds with both annual and
perennial flowers and winding walking paths lined with beautiful
trees, shrubs and flowers. Just some of the many trees, shrubs and
flowers that you will now find in bloom at Orton Plantation Gardens
include Magnolia trees, Crepe Myrtles, Hydrangeas, Oleanders,
Camellias, Rhododendrons, Banana Shrubs, Azaleas, Pansies, Tulips
and a wide variety of other summer annuals.
Orton House, originally built
in 1725 by Roger Moore, is located on the grounds but is not open to
the public. The gardens at Orton
were begun in 1910 by James and Luola Sprunt. The first Camellias,
Azaleas, Banana Shrub, Rhododendrons and many others were planted at
this time. In 1930 their son James Laurence Sprunt and his wife
Annie Gray Sprunt began enlarging the gardens to their current size.
While visiting Orton
Plantation Gardens you can also explore the 1915 Luola’s Chapel.
This beautiful old chapel, which seats 125 people, has been well
preserved and is available for weddings. There is also a
small colonial cemetery that includes the tomb of Roger Moore and
Orton Plantation Gardens is
open seasonally and is located at 9149 Orton Rd. S.E. in Winnabow,
North Carolina. Please call 910-371-6851 for current admission fees.
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