Bergen-Carpender Garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a garden with a whimsical flare, you’ll want to check out the Bergen-Carpender House in Wilmington.

Patricia Peters became the third owner of the home when she purchased the property in 2001.

She renamed it “The Dame’s Inn” to honor the second owner of the home, Dame Catherine Carpender, who lived in the house 45 years.

Peters placed items like a rusty wagon and a tricycle as centerpieces in her gardens. There are also gnomes hidden throughout the garden.

She used trowels to mark important details about the garden, but the one thing she likes the most is a zombie that appears to be coming out of a wheelbarrow with a stone plaque that reads “Trespassers will be composted!”

“I would like for people who come through to look at every little angle and every little aspect and know that its either something that has been here since the 1920s or 40s, or look at the wheelbarrow and say ‘This is really fun!’ because this is what I get out of my garden,” Peters said.

The garden also features a one-of-a-kind yellow vine camellia originated by Dame Carpender.

You can enjoy some of the whimsical surprises in this garden during the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour which runs Friday through Sunday.

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