Mad Hatter Tea & Garden / Art Tour

On Saturday May 13, 2017, the Wake Forest Garden Club will host its annual Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 North Main Street in Wake Forest.  And this year the Garden Tour is back featuring local garden themed Artists at each lovely garden location.  The events will include the Mad Hatter Tea from 11:00-2:00, the Garden and Art Tour from 10:00-4:00.  This is a two-ticket event so pick and choose your preference for the Tea Party or Garden Tour or don’t miss out on either and attend both. 

The Mad Hatters High Tea will include a traditionally plated “afternoon” tea. Enjoy the service and selection of fine teas, finger sandwiches and sweets as you visit with new and old friends at a well-appointed table. The ambiance of the Historical Museum will make the experience complete and allows us all to appreciate the rich history of Wake Forest. Tickets to the Tea are $20.00

This year’s Garden and Art Tour will allow you to tour several local Wake Forest Gardens and enjoy each home owners unique and creative vision for their gardens which are sure to be inspiring.  At each garden, an Artist will be showcasing and selling their art to enhance your tour experience. Maps for the Garden and Art Tours will be available for pick up on the day of the Tours at the Museum.  Tickets for the Garden and Art Tour are $15.00.

Tickets for both events are available on-line at Brown Paper Tickets  by searching for either WFGC Mad Hatter’s Tea or WFGC Garden and Art Tour. There will be a small convenience charge of for the purchasing tickets on-line.  Or you may go to one of three local businesses downtown to purchase tickets. Visit the Cotton Company, Ollies Café and our local bookstore Page 158 for your in-person ticket purchases.  Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, as long as tickets last.

Additional Mad Hatters festivities are open to the public at no charge.  A Classic Car Show on the Museum lawn will feature classic cars owned by local car aficionados who are always ready to talk about their treasures. Additionally, locally grown plants will be available for purchase with expert advice on how and where to plant and care for them for maximum success.

Proceeds from the Mad Hatter’s festivities will benefit the Wake Forest Historical Museum gardens along with other projects supported by the Wake Forest Garden Club including Arbor Day, Dirt Day and Wake Forest Garden Club Flower Cart which creates small floral arrangements each week for nursing home residents, shut-ins and others needing a little cheer in their day.

For additional information about the Mad Hatters event and the Wake Forest Garden Club contact Debbie Ludas at or 919-210-3487 or visit .

Arbor Day

This year Wake Forest will once again host its Arbor Day celebration and Tree Seedling Giveaway on the same day. Both events, along with our Arbor Day Expo, are scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The Arbor Day Expo and Tree Seedling Giveaway will get underway at 11 a.m., while the Arbor Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon.

As part of this year's Arbor Day celebration, the Urban Forestry Board (UFB), town staff, and volunteers will distribute 1,000 tree seedlings, including Virginia Pine, Chicasaw Plum, Yellow Poplar, Crabapple, and White Oak (limit one per person) to area residents free of charge while they last.

During the expo, local organizations will offer special activities, treats, and information related to trees, gardening, and related topics. In addition, expo attendees can learn about and sign up for the Wake Forest Tree Stewards Volunteer Program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various art activities, including building their own bird house, and take part in a special raffle prize drawing just for kids.

Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be on site again this year selling delicious ice cream made from locally-sourced ingredients. Peruano Food Truck, a Peruvian Restaurant on Wheels, will also be on hand offering their flagship rotisserie chicken and sirloin beef, highlighting the authentic flavors of Peru.

Finally, as part of the annual Arbor Day ceremony, town officials will accept Wake Forest’s 37th consecutive Tree City USA award and second consecutive Tree Line USA award.

Dirt Day​

Saturday, April 1 ~ 10 am
South White Street, Downtown Wake Forest

Spring has sprung and winter's done!

Downtown Wake Forest and the Town of Wake Forest are offering a special event on Saturday, April 1, 2017, that welcomes and celebrates the return of weather suitable for enjoying the great outdoors. 

Promising something for the entire family, Wake Forest's second annual Dirt Day will be held along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids will have a blast playing in an over-sized sandbox or making wheatgrass containers for home windowsills. Adults will have the chance to learn about the newest techniques in gardening and composting, check out the newest in outdoor activity gear, enjoy a beekeeping demonstration and visit with a variety of vendors offering an array of products and insight.

But that’s not all. Dirt Day participants can participate in an outdoor Zumba class and hunt for shark teeth in pilings from the Aurora phosphate mine. Attendees can also paint with mud, peruse assorted fossils and animal skeletons and rub elbows with Master Gardeners and outdoor educators from the NC Museum of Natural Science.

Offering unplugged music, dancing in the street and culinary delights from downtown’s wonderful assortment of restaurants and food vendors, Dirt Day offers the perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues and get involved with an outdoor group that shares your interests.

Weather: Dirt Day will take place rain or shine.

For more information about Dirt Day, contact Downtown Development Director Lisa Hayes

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