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WCC Gardens 

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.  

White Tulips  Gardens4  Wall  Yellow Lilies 

Enjoy Seasonal Attractions of  Selected Gardens
 Select the link below to see this months main attractions  

 Featured 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.  

       For more information, please contact: 

    Allison Phillips, Executive Director of WCC Endowment Corporation 

    336-838-6491, allison.phillips@wilkescc.edu   


Gardens Staff 

Ronald Dollyhite - Chair, Horticulture Technology & Campus Gardens 

Judy Bauguess - Greenhouse Manager 

Frank Blevins - Landscape Manager 

Donna Riddle - Horticulture Instructor / Gardener 

Gary Roath - Lawn and Turf Manager 

Work Study Students - John Eller, Maurice Kennedy, Kathleen Lackey, Alexandra Vogel and Holly Whitby 


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:

Ronald Dollyhite, 336-838-6281,

To go to Horticulture Technology Webpage select the following link: Horticulture Homepage  

Gazebo  JapGarden  Light Pole 

Gardens Tours
Dates and Times will be available soon!    

To schedule garden tours, please contact:
Judy Bauguess, Greenhouse Manager