Annual & Endowment Fund Gifts

The Elizabethan Gardens has become a living, growing memorial to the history and the beauty of our area because of people like you. We’re not a private corporation or endowed by a major benefactor. We exist because of the generosity of our patrons and supporters. Giving a gift to our Annual Fund and/or Endowment Fund helps strengthen the programs and mission of The Gardens both now and in the future. ANNUAL FUND DONATION LINK

Why give? Here’s why:


“Thank you for letting us come. There was so many pretty flowers! I liked when we got to make our own soil. That was a cool statue of Queen Elizabeth. It was fun when we played in the Great Lawn and went through the maze. It was cool looking at all the plants in the greenhouse.” – Jordan, third grade student 


“I thank you for the gracious hospitality provided at Winterlights for “Monday Night Alive” children. It is hard to describe the beauty of the Gardens during Winterlights! The smiles on the children’s faces makes Christmas so special.” -Tess, volunteer   


“A little bit of heaven on earth. Loved taking my Virginia history class there with their journals and allow them to free write. Love! Love! Love!” – Jonathan, teacher 


“We began our “Morning in Manteo” at the Elizabethan Gardens. Many thanks for inviting us and allowing Mano al Hermano to visit.” – Mano al Hermano 


“Went to our first Easter Egg Hunt and had a blast. The Gardens are just a happy place to be anyway, add a bunch of kids having a great time and what feels like a traditional sort of community get-together and you have a formula for a special occasion.” – John, parent 

Annual Fund gifts assist us in the present to meet our budget and respond quickly to unexpected costs; Endowment Fund gifts touch the future.

Our endowment is managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. We request your help this year to build our endowment funds with an additional gift.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for joining us to make a difference as we respect our incredible past, and look future- forward.



Giving a gift to our Annual Fund and/or Endowment Fund helps strengthen the programs and mission of The Gardens both now and in the future. Why give? Here’s

Cash – Gifts of cash or by check are the popular giving methods. All gifts to the Annual Fund qualify for tax deductions. Checks to The Elizabethan Gardens, Inc. Specify amounts for Annual Fund and/or Endowment Fund in the memo. Mail to 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954

Gifts of Stock – The IRS allows you one of its most significant tax breaks for gifts of appreciated securities. Call The Gardens for details.

Retirement Assets- Donate to the Gardens with a tax-free distribution from your IRA. The Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 (through 2009) allows individuals aged 70 1/2 and older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRAs and Roth IRAs to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Please consult with your attorney or other financial advisor to evaluate the applicability to your unique tax and financial circumstances.

Gifts may be made by mail or telephone 252-473-3761 or by donating online.

Thanks for your generous support.

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The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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