Right Now at the Garden 

Gardens Across America

Signage for our space outside the Conservatory at US Botanic Garden

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden is pleased to have been chosen as one of 20 'Gardens Across America' for a 5-month display garden vignette on the grounds of the US Botanic Garden.  The exhibit spotlights diversity and the beauty of more than 600 public gardens in the United States.  From rare and endangered plants to historic estates to modern oases, the collections and stories of 20 different gardens are showcased throughout the grounds of the US Botanic Garden. 

These gardens reflect their local communities and the amazing diversity found in the plant kingdom.  The displays include signature plants and visual elements to provide visitors a deeper understanding of the Gardens’ plants, styles, origins, regional characters and missions.  The 20 garden displays are there for public exploration during normal operating hours through mid-October of this year. 

Ciener Botanical Garden has chosen to highlight edible plants in a landscape and feature easily recognizable food plants like herbs, squash, tomatoes, and peppers, but also exotics and tropicals like yucca, taro, banana and agave.  Each plant in the roughly 200 square foot bed can be eaten or can provide a medicinal purpose.

“We wanted to showcase edibles because Mr. Ciener was an avid gardener and wanted very much for children to know where their food comes from and how easy it is to grow what we eat” states Adrienne Roethling, Garden Curator. At Ciener Botanical one of the most used and visited garden spaces is the Kitchen Garden where vegetables are grown year-round. 

Other garden spaces at Ciener include a formal Pattern Garden featuring spring blooming bulbs and seasonal displays, a Tropical Garden, Hillside Garden and Conifer Collection, a Ginkgo screen, Xeric Scree beds, a Woodland Shade Garden, Herb area, Planted Patio Terrace, the White Garden, Perennial Border and Annual Border.  In total, over 3500 taxa are on display. 

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the 'Gardens Across America' exhibit at the US Botanic Garden.  What a testimony to our good work in NC.  Additionally, the exposure to approximately 1M visitors during our display period is amazing to us.” states John Whisnant, Executive Director. 

Busy at work installing our display – edibles in the landscape

Complete and awaiting visitors


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!