Ciener Celebrates 10 years in 2021

2021 is a milestone for Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. In 2005-2006, Paul Ciener’s endowment purchased the 7 acre property in the Historic District of Kernersville, removed the abandoned Dairy Queen, cleared the overgrown lot, and made the master plan a reality.   Exactly 10 years ago, 2011, we just gained occupancy in the Carriage House or Welcome Center and officially in Spring, our garden doors opened to the public. 


Since then, we’ve introduced thousands of visitors to over 20 individual garden themes, grew our permanent plant collection to over 4000, displayed thousands of seasonal plants, exhibited the largest Tulip and Daffodil display in the area, hosted dozens of lectures, exposed school aged youths to the world of plants, increased the pollinators, donated more than 5000 pounds of produce to area food relief programs, began the concert series, and much, much more.


It was with great speed that we continue on our journey to expand and enlighten you.  But then, the pandemic hit, slowing the world down and reducing the garden’s operation just a bit.  Without you, this garden would not exist.  Your support, whether it’s a visit to the garden and sharing on social media or a yearly membership, allows us to showcase horticulture excellence. The Garden currently has free admission and this past year has been a challenging time for us and many in the non-profit sector. Your generosity helps our gardens grow.   Please consider a donation or membership to the Garden.

Currently, the Welcome Center and Gift Shop are open Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Offices are open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, call 336-996-7888 for information or questions regarding events.  The Outdoor Garden Displays are open daily, dawn to dusk. Due to COVID-19, 2 guests may visit the gift shop at one time and bathroom facilities remain closed.

Please use the 6’ apart social distancing guidelines and wear your masks. 

Please leave your pets at home.

Enjoy and Visit Often.


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 

Tuesday-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!