Eventually spanning 11 acres, Gateway Gardens provides a stunning entryway into the City of Greensboro, a playful and interactive garden, and a horticultural oasis integrating elements of history, movement, discovery, and community.
Gateway Gardens represents the biggest project ever undertaken in the 45+-year history of Greensboro Beautiful. The garden is strategically located on one of the City's major entryways - East Lee Street, within 1/2 mile of Business I-40 and I-85. Phase I opened in 2011, and includes the Michel Family Children's Garden, the Heritage Garden, Rain Garden, Gateway Plaza & Icon, and the Great Lawn.
Gateway Gardens was certified in 2014 as a LEED Silver project by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The garden is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free.
Greensboro Beautiful is currently raising funds to continue developing the gardens for future phases. Small and large gifts are welcome, and naming opportunities are available.
Greensboro’s Gateway Gardens: An Opportunity to Continue to Experience Nature
Produced by the Guilford College Summer Scholars
P Garden Parking
1 Michel Family Children's Garden
1a William A. Stern Maze
1b News & Record Outdoor Classroom
1c Hillsdale Fund Book Stage
1d Plant Tunnel
1e Cemala Foundation Alphabet Arbor
1f Edible Garden
2 Rain Garden
2a UPS Rain Garden Overlook
2b Walled Pond
3 Great Lawn
|4 Weaver Foundation Heritage Garden & Plaza
5 Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Water Sculpture
6 Visitor Center
6a Outdoor Reception Patio
6b Gathering Area
7 Japanese Garden
8 White Oak Forest
9 Wedding & Special Events Garden
9a Rose Garden
The planning for Gateway Gardens began in 1999. The City approached Greensboro Beautiful about interest in developing a new garden in Southeast Greensboro. Immediate Past Chair and long-time volunteer of Greensboro Beautiful, Pam Allen, worked with the City to identify the site at the corner of E. Lee & Florida Streets near Barber Park. Pam was the visionary who pushed to get the gardens off the ground, and who worked tirelessly to involve the community and its residents in the planning and implementation. In 2000, Greensboro Beautiful approved $20,000 to fund development of a Conceptual Master Plan. Shortly thereafter, Greensboro Beautiful held design planning meetings with the neighborhood and citizens of Southeast Greensboro to gather input to develop this plan. In 2002, the Master Plan for Gateway Gardens was completed and approved by Greensboro Beautiful and the City of Greensboro.
Over the next few years, design details were completed; and Greensboro Beautiful began a capital campaign to raise funds from individuals, businesses, foundations, and government agencies to begin the project. Phase I construction began in 2009. This phase included the Main Entrance, parking, Michel Family Children's Garden, Rain Garden, Greensboro Heritage Garden, public artwork and special features. Construction on a Visitor Center began in 2012 and is currently underway. Future development includes a Wedding and Special Events Garden, Japanese Garden, and White Oak Forest.
The garden was formally opened to the public in 2011. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of Gateway Gardens.
Help us GROW Gateway Gardens for future generations! A Visitor Center, Japanese Garden, Wedding & Special Event Garden, and White Oak Forest can only happen with the financial support of the entire community.
Greensboro Beautiful and the City of Greensboro have invested over $5.6 million in Gateway Gardens. We estimate the total project to cost $8 million and span 11 acres.
The Visitor Center
Phase I amenities for the Visitor Center include a covered gathering area, blue stone patio, office, restrooms, and vending area. Future Phase II amenities include a multi-purpose room, storage, and catering kitchen.
Elements which helped qualify Gateway Gardens for LEED© Silver Certification include:
Wedding and Special Event Garden
White Oak Forest
Please call the Greensboro Beautiful office at 336-373-2199 for more details.
|Greensboro Heritage Garden & Plaza
Sponsored by The Weaver Foundation, Inc.
|Hydrophyllum Water Sculpture
Given in honor of Dr. George H. Evans & Mrs. Margueritte W. Evans by The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
|Fountain Seat Wall
United Guaranty Corporation, in honor of its employees
|6'x6' Etched Stone Heritage Theme Motifs||10,000
Jim & Helen Brooks
Peg & Skip Moore
|Manufacturing & Commerce|
|Arts & Culture|
|Parks & Recreation|
|Heritage Garden Terraces & Seat Walls||50,000||4|
|James & Debra F. Smith Drinking Fountain||5,000||No|
|Specimen Trees||250 (each)||Yes!|
|2'x2' Concrete Edge Pavers at Heritage Garden Plaza||1,000 (each)||Yes!|
|Michel Family Children's Garden
Marge & Jake Michel
|Alphabet Block Bridge||50,000||Yes!|
|Cemala Foundation Alphabet Arbor||50,000||No|
|News & Record Outdoor Classroom||50,000||No|
|Hillsdale Fund, Inc. Book Stage in Storytelling Area||30,000||No|
Greensboro Kiwanis Foundation, Greensboro Garden Club, The Landry Family, Lisa & Willie Bullock
|William A. Stern Maze
|Lady Bug Benches||2,500 (each)||0||2|
|Butterfly Benches||2,500 (each)||2||0|
|Pam Allen Butterfly Shade Structures
Richard R. Allen Family, in memory of Pam Allen
|"Brementown Musicians" Archway||10,000||Yes!|
|4' Copper Frogs
John Farmer & Bonnie Lawrence, Bell Foundation
Giraffe: Richard & Carol Bruce
|Bird Houses||250 (each)||4||5|
|Alphabet Letters (26)||1,000 each||A, B, C,
D, E, F, G,
H, J, K, L,
M, N, P,
R, S, T,
V, W, X, Z
|I, O, Q,
|Stone Bridge in Rain Garden||100,000||Yes!|
|Main Entrance Gates with Stone Columns||100,000||Yes!|
|Pedestrian Entry Gate & Columns
Bank of America
|Specimen Trees||250 (each)||Yes!|
|Name Pavers 8"x8" (4 lines)||500 (each)||Yes!|
|Name Pavers 4"x8" (3 lines)||250 (each)||Yes!|
|Name Pavers 4"x8" (2 lines)||100 (each)||Yes!|
Naming Opportunities in Upcoming Phase
|Outdoor Reception Patio||200,000||Yes!|
|Cassandra C. Shelton Main Lobby
Ralph & Christine Shelton
Dr. & Mrs. Lloyd J. Peterson
SUPPORTERS - $250-$499
Don & Carolyn Allen
COMMUNITY GIFTS - $100-$249
Begonia Garden Club
CONTRIBUTORS - $25-$99
Anniversary Garden Club
*Includes in-kind gifts and services
An afternoon of Jazz Performances on two stages in Greensboro’s newest garden! Also featuring musical activities for children, Garden Quest, food vendors, and more. Admission is free.