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

February's Plant of the Month -

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Pirouette' 

-hybrid Lenten rose

by Adrienne Roethling,

Director of Curation and Mission Delivery

Helleborus x ericsmithii is an offspring of the white flowering, open-faced, Christmas rose and the blue foliage form of Corsican hellebore.  Behold, ‘Pirouette’ is a dynamic plant with the pink star-shaped flowers on blue-green foliage.


Grow Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’ in the woodland garden with sharp drainage.  For us, this Lenten rose has been growing on the slope of our future woodland garden since 2016.  Received as a 2 quart sized plants, it has quickly grown to a nice 15” x 15” mature plant.  The flowers are held above the leaves offering a stunning display.  Numerous stems begin emerging in January with the soft pink flowers opening in February.  The leaves are coarse, blue green with red veins and stems. Hellebores are drought tolerant once established.


Join or renew your membership for the month of February and your name will be included in a drawing for a complimentary plant of Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’.


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!