Gateway Gardens

Gateway Gardens2800 E. Gate City Blvd.


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 50-year history of Greensboro Beautiful. The garden is strategically located on one of the City's major entryways - E. Gate City Blvd., within 1/2 mile of Business I-40 and I-85 (exit 124). 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. 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.

The garden is open year-round. Admission is free.


May-August 8 am -8 pm
8 am-7 pm
November-February 8 am-5 pm


Reserve your 11"x14" William Mangum print of Gateway Gardens.

To make a reservation for group events, weddings, or other special events, call 336-373-5888.

  • Michel Family Children's Garden
  • Book Stage in Children's Garden
  • Alphabet Arch entry into the Michel Family Children's Garden
  • Carrot Arbor
  • Gates at the garden's entrance
  • Hydrophyllum Water Sculpture
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Gateway Gardens Edible Garden Entrance Entrance Parking Restrooms Visitor Center Outdoor Reception Patio Michel Family Children's Garden News & Record Outdoor Classroom Hillsdale Fund Book Stage Entrance William A. Stern Maze Covered Gathering Area Wedding & Special Events Garden Tree House Rose Garden Rain Garden Great Lawn Weaver Foundation Heritage Garden and Plaza Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Water Sculpture Walled Pond Japanese Garden White Oak Forest Plant Tunnel Cemala Foundation Alphabet Arbor UPS Rain Garden Overlook Apple Sculpture Potting Shed

E  Entrance
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 Apple Sculpture
1g Edible Garden
1h Potting Shed
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
   Visitor Center
6a Outdoor Reception Patio
6b Covered Gathering Area
7 Tree House

Future Development
8 Japanese Garden
9 White Oak Forest
10Wedding & Special Events Garden
10a Rose Garden

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Aerial Site of Gateway GardensThe 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.

Groundbreaking for Gateway GardensOver 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 was completed, and the garden was opened to the public in 2011. This phase includes the Main Entrance, parking, Michel Family Children's Garden, Rain Garden, Greensboro Heritage Garden, public artwork and special features. Construction on the Visitor Center began in 2012 and the facility opened to the public in 2014. 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.

A Garden Worthy of a Great City

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

Gateway Gardens 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:

  • diversion of waste and debris from landfills
  • use of local and regional materials with recycled content
  • storm-water quantity/quality control
  • bioretention cells and permeable paving in parking lot
  • stream restoration through central part of Children's Garden
  • water use reduction through low-flow fixtures and drip irrigation
  • high-efficiency HVAC
  • day lighting, low-light emitting materials in Visitor Center

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden in Gateway Gardens

Wedding and Special Event Garden

Wedding and Special Event Garden in Gateway Gardens

White Oak Forest

White Oak Forest in Gateway Gardens

Naming Opportunities

Please call the Greensboro Beautiful office at 336-373-2199 for more details.

Item Amount Sold Available  
Gateway Gardens $2,500,000   Yes!  
Greensboro Heritage Garden & Plaza
Sponsored by The Weaver Foundation, Inc.
250,000   No  
Great Lawn 200,000   Yes!  
Hydrophyllum Water Sculpture
Given in honor of Dr. George H. Evans & Mrs. Margueritte W. Evans by The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
300,000   No  
Fountain Seat Wall
United Guaranty Corporation, in honor of its employees
50,000   No  
6'x6' Etched Stone Heritage Theme Motifs 10,000
2 6  
Jim & Helen Brooks
Peg & Skip Moore

      Manufacturing & Commerce  
      Arts & Culture  
    Parks & Recreation
Bill & Lee Britt
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
200,000   No  
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  
Seating blocks
Greensboro Kiwanis Foundation, Greensboro Garden Club, The Landry Family, Lisa & Willie Bullock
2,500 (each) 5 No  
William A. Stern Maze
Stern Foundation
35,000   No  
Plant Tunnel 50,000   Yes!
Lady Bug Benches 2,500 (each) 0 1
Butterfly Benches 2,500 (each) 2 0
Pam Allen Butterfly Shade Structures
Richard R. Allen Family, in memory of Pam Allen
50,000 4 No  
Edible Garden 25,000   Yes!  
"Brementown Musicians" Archway 10,000   Yes!
Carrot Arbor 20,000   Yes!
Vegetable/Fruit Seats 10,000
1 3
      Pear Seat
Tomato Seat
Watermelon Seat
Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation   Apple
4' Copper Frogs
John Farmer & Bonnie Lawrence, Bell Foundation
5,000 3 No  
Giraffe: Richard & Carol Bruce
5,000 1 No  
Bird Houses 250 (each) 9 0  
Alphabet Letters (26) 1,000 each A, B, C,
D, E, F, G,
H, J, K, L,
M, N, O, P,
R, S, T,
V, W, X, Z
I, Q,
U, Y
Rain Garden 100,000   Yes!  
Overlook Area
30,000   No  
Stone Bridge in Rain Garden 100,000   Yes!  
Other Items        
Main Entrance Gates with Stone Columns 100,000   Yes!  
Pedestrian Entry Gate & Columns
Bank of America
25,000   No  
Benches 5,000   Yes!  
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

Item Amount Sold Available  
Visitor Center 1,000,000   Yes!  
Outdoor Reception Patio 200,000   Yes!  
Showcase Gardens 200,000   Yes  
Left Side        
Gathering Place 50,000   Yes!  
Multi-purpose Classroom 50,000   Yes!  
Cassandra C. Shelton Main Lobby
Ralph & Christine Shelton
50,000   No  
Kitchen 25,000   Yes!  
Front Porch 25,000   Yes!  
Right Side        
Reception Hall 25,000   (Hold)  
Office 10,000   Yes!  
Vending Area 10,000   Yes!  

$100,000 and above

Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
City of Greensboro*
Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greensboro Beautiful, Inc.
The Michel Family Foundation
NC Parks & Recreation Trust Fund
Weaver Foundation, Inc.


AIG / United Guaranty
Richard R. & Pamela A. Allen*
Cemala Foundation
News & Record
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph K. Shelton
Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Inc.

SUSTAINERS - $25,000-$49,999

Bank of America/U.S. Trust
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.
First Citizens Bank
Hillsdale Fund, Inc.
William A. Stern Foundation, Inc.

MAJOR GIFTS - $10,000-$24,999

Margaret W. Brooks
The Peter B. And Mary Ann Bush Family Fund
Clem & Hayes Clement
John M. Farmer & Bonnie S. Lawrence
Joan & Bill Hemphill
Julian Price Family Foundation
Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Thelma Kirk
Anne Howard Millican & David Marshall Millican
Peg & Skip Moore
Larry & Lee Newlin
Rotary Club of Greensboro
Kay Stern
UPS Foundation


Mr. & Mrs. William P. Aycock II
Bell Foundation
William F. Black
Anthony & Wanda Boyd
Sylvia Bray
Drs. Thomas & Janice Brewington
Lee & Bill Britt
Helen E. Brooks
Jim Brooks
F. Marshall & Anne T. Brown
Gary & Patty Brown
Carole & Dick Bruce
Lisa & Willie Bullock
Claudia Cannady
John & Martha Chandler
Sally Cobb
Andrena & Jocelyn Coleman
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
David & Janet Craft*
Mr. William S. Cross, Jr.
Carol & Ben Davis
Phil & Shari Driscoll
Duke Energy Foundation
Lucinda B. Findley
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Keith & Kelly Francies
Friends of Ofelia Paredes
Henry & Shirley Frye
Danny & Kimberly Gatling
Greensboro Garden Club
Lynne Leonard
Mebane Ham
Dr. Doris Henderson
Sam & Anne Hummel
Mark & Shirley Kiel
Ed & Emily Kitchen
Greensboro Kiwanis Foundation, Inc.
Leigh Ann & Steve Klee
Helen Knight, Jacqueline Lindsay, Indira Roberts
Pearce & Ann Landry / Landry Family
Tom & Sheryl Leatherberry
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Leone
Virginia Schenck & Albert S. Lineberry, II
Marge & Jake Michel
Mid Carolina Bank
Estate of Irene Mitchell Moore
Chuck & Jan Mortimore
Mildred O. & Traci Poole
Donaldine J. Pringle
Mary H. Purnell
Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels*
John & Maria Rich
Linda Roseberry
Robyn & Maurice Jenkins
Nancy & Dave Seay
Senn Dunn Marsh & Roland, LLC
Lawrence & Tennie Skladanowski
James N. & Debra F. Smith
Norman B. Smith
Carolyn & Hardy Spence
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Stoehr & Family
Elaine & Nelson Stover
Doug Swanson*
The Lookout Foundation
The Mary Norris Preyer Fund
Don & Nancy Vaughan
John Vine & Claudia Sims
Mary Ruffin Waldron
Angela L. Williams
Tom & Elaine Wright
Xiaoyun Wu
Yardbirds Garden Club

PATRONS - $500-$999

James M. Torrey & Ellen P. Ashley
Lynn Bresko & Tom Corrigan
Trip Brown
Jim, Stephanie, Sam, Nathan, Bethany, Anna-Maria, Shamus, Adam & Laura Duggins
Thurmon L. & Mattie L. Deloney
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Duncan
Barbara Kille Ellis
Elvord & Eresterine Guidry
Ann & Bob Kroupa
Lazy Daisies Garden Club
Kitty & Ed Lyon
Michael & Julie Marshall

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PATRONS, continued

Dr. & Mrs. Lloyd J. Peterson
Roy & Betty K. Phipps
Graham & Helen Ray
Susan & Jerry Schwartz
Shipman Family Home Care, Inc.
Flo & Bill Snider
Bruce & Betsy Stafford
Ann Steighner
Roger & Cilie Sutton
Steve Windham

SUPPORTERS - $250-$499

Don & Carolyn Allen
Mr. & Mrs. Vance Barron, Jr.
Bonne Terre Garden Club
Brown Family
Robert Capen
G. Keith Coble
Louis S. Fields
David & Joann Grimes
Boots & Dan Hinkle
David & Linda Kinne
New Irving Park Garden Club
James Morris Newlin
Mona O'Bryant
Patseavouras Family
Laura & Martin Pratt
Rebecca & Graham Pritchard
Rachel Rees
Tar Heel Garden Club
Luan & Fritz Vinson
Yummy Goodness Bakeshoppe*


Begonia Garden Club
Bonne Terre Garden Club
David & Nancy Bray
Dora M. Brodie, M.D.
Lois & Charles Brummitt*
Agnes Roseboro
Maureen K. DeLuca
Rev. & Mrs. E. Robert Dickson
Dolley Madison Woman's Club
Heather Douglas
New Irving Park Garden Club
Earth Fare*
Flower Lovers Garden Club
Julius A. Fulmore
Janice L. Scott
Mr. & Mrs. J. Ross Geller
Bettie R. Grubbs
Teri & David Hammer
Wayne & Gail Hill
Ingleside Garden Club
Michelle Jarrett
Virginia B. Karb
David & Gail Kinser
Helen G. Knight
Ladies of St. Regis Road
Claudel Lassiter
Dr. Stephen B. Mackler
Tom & Mary Martin
Milton S. Kern
Bill & Barbara Moran
Luanne & Silvio Mossa
Gail C. Murphy*
Karen & Lee Neill
Dr. & Mrs. H.R. Parker
Elvin R. Parks
Robert T. & Yvonne M. Patterson
Rob & Martha Peddrick
Robbie & Carole Perkins
Pine Needles Garden Club
Elizabeth Potter
Marlene R. Pratto
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph T. Quinn
Wesley Reid
Marilyn Ruberg
Marnie & Jerry Ruskin
Stephanie & John G. Scott
Seeds & Weeds Garden Club
Harry & Marion Sledge
Jerome Spruill
Gary & Ellen Taft
Doug & Shirley Thorne
Iris W. Troxler
Dr. & Mrs. Edwin Vaughan
Stahle B. Vincent
Robert & Robin Vocci
Beverly S. Willingham


Anniversary Garden Club
Becky Barger
New Irving Park Garden Club
Polly & David Burns
The Busy B's of Greensboro, Inc.
Barbara & Michael Ende
Carl & Linda Niedziela
Delacy M. Wyman
Teresa Loflin
New Irving Park Garden Club
Bill Crowder & Joe Hoesl
Margot & Decatur Cunningham
The Daubers Garden Club
Dr. & Mrs. George H. Evans
New Irving Park Garden Club
Forest Oaks Evening Garden Club
Sedgefield Garden Club
Mr. & Mrs. S. David Gray
Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine
Green Thumb Garden Club
Ivy Garden Club
The Seymour & Carol Levin Foundation
Kathryn Lochra
Dr. Stephen B. Mackler
New Irving Park Garden Club
Sandra L. Mills
Charles M. O'Connor
New Irving Park Garden Club
Jane B. Pearce
New Irving Park Garden Club
Indira Lindsay Roberts
Ann & Everett Saslow
Serendipity Garden Club
Julie & Palmer Shelburne
John Starr Family
New Irving Park Garden Club
Shirley & Thomas Vann
Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Yarbrough



*Includes in-kind gifts and services


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Greensboro Beautiful had to cancel Groovin’ in the Garden due to existing COVID restrictions. Be sure to look for Groovin’ in the Garden 2022! We promise a fantastic new event.

With respect to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary for Greensboro Beautiful to revise either the event date or how the event is coordinated and presented to the community.


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