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People of All Ages to the World of Plants, Gardening, and Horticulture

July Plant of the Month -

Ficus carica 

-common fig

by Adrienne Roethling,

Director of Curation and Mission Delivery

Fig trees were first described during Ancient Times and quickly became a staple among modern gardens. Ficus carica is native throughout the Middle East and Asia but easily grows throughout the southeastern US as an ornamental and edible plant.


Common Fig can grow to 20 feet tall and wide.  Plants often become a woody tree or shrub or can die back to the ground during severely cold winters.  They prefer growing in full sun with ample moisture throughout the season.  Fruits produce flowers on the inside which is pollinated by a fig wasp that enters the fruit which will then produce seeds.  However, our climate is too short for this cycle but also, the fig wasp is not adapted in North Carolina. Therefore, our figs never produce seeds.  Fig trees consist of a white milky sap when stems or leaves are broken. Some folks have been known to break out if the sap gets on your skin.  It’s not everyone but use caution when handling this plant.


Join or renew your membership for the month of July and your name will be included in a drawing for a  pot of Ficus carica.



Welcome to our Garden!

215 South Main Street

Kernersville, NC   27284 


Garden Open Daily Dawn until Dusk

Welcome Center and Office Hours 

Monday-Friday; 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Gift Shop Hours 

Monday-Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm

While visiting, please . . . 


  • Respect our plants and remain on paths.

  • Keep your children in sight.

  • Pets are not allowed.  Service animals are always welcome.

  • No Smoking.  Keep our Garden smoke and tobacco free.  Tobacco is a threat to our plants.  Discarded cigarettes can cause mulch fires in our garden beds. 

  • Photography is always welcome but should not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests.  Professional photographers, please contact the office to coordinate your visit.

  • Artists are always welcome.  Please contact our office to coordinate your visit.  

  • Please follow any requests made by our Garden staff.

  • Visit the Garden often and please leave the Garden as you found it!