Open Garden Days

Join Piedmont Land Conservancy for one of the Open Garden Days in April as we showcase the spring wildflowers in the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve, located near Historic Bethabara in Winston-Salem. The Preserve is a sanctuary for many native wildflowers from across North Carolina, home to over 500 species of wildflowers and ferns, including 26 species of trillium.

The Preserve will be open on select days in April to guests who pre-register for one of the time slots. Time slots are each limited to 10 guests to insure social distancing. Tours will be self-guided, and guests are asked to please wear masks during their visit. Sign-up online for one of the available time slots:

Donations made to PLC through registration for Open Garden Days visits will help fund the endowment for the garden’s long-term care and protection.

PLC is thrilled to be able to share the garden with visitors, and donations to the garden’s stewardship fund enable us to do that, as well as continue the legacy that Emily Allen left for us.
Kevin Redding
PLC Executive Director

About the Preserve

This Preserve was a gift from the Emily H. Allen family, first through a donated conservation easement in 2000, and just before Emily’s passing, as a donation of the Preserve to PLC in 2014, forever protecting this wildflower haven. Emily’s wish was to share the garden with as many people as possible, and by doing so, spread her knowledge and joy of nature. On many occasions she was heard exclaiming, “I have been given so much, and now I’m in a position to give back.” PLC’s goal is to continue Emily’s vision of sharing knowledge and appreciation of native plants with others through this special garden.

We were fortunate to have captured Emily on video sharing some information about her garden.  You might enjoy this “vintage” footage and a chance to hear about this special place in her own words.