Reynolda Gardens – A Jewel in Winston-Salem

May 28, 2024

This month we would like to spotlight one of Winston-Salem’s most cherished treasures: Reynolda Gardens. Whether you’re a local or planning a visit, this picturesque destination offers a blend of history, horticulture, and relaxation that’s sure to enchant.

A Brief History

Reynolda Gardens is part of the larger Reynolda Estate, which was originally developed by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband R.J. Reynolds, the founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The estate, designed as a self-sufficient community, was completed in the early 20th century. Katharine Reynolds envisioned the estate as a progressive, sustainable farm and a family retreat. The gardens themselves, designed by landscape architect Thomas Sears, were intended to complement the family’s lifestyle, focusing on both beauty and productivity. After Katharine’s death, the estate went through several transitions. In 1965, the gardens were opened to the public, managed by Wake Forest University, ensuring that Katharine’s vision of a community resource was preserved.

Explore the Gardens

Visitors can wander through 129 acres of meticulously maintained gardens. The formal gardens feature a variety of seasonal flowers, shrubs, and trees. Don’t miss the greenhouse, which showcases exotic plants from around the world. Each section of the garden offers a different visual delight, from the colorfully planted flower beds to the tranquil Japanese garden.

Visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Adjacent to the gardens, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art offers a cultural complement to the natural beauty outside. The museum houses an impressive collection of American art, spanning from the colonial period to contemporary works. The house itself is a marvel of early 20th-century architecture, filled with period furnishings and original details.

Nature Trails

For those who enjoy a more active exploration, Reynolda Gardens features several nature trails. These trails meander through woodlands and fields, offering a peaceful retreat and opportunities for birdwatching and spotting local wildlife. The trails are well marked and suitable for all fitness levels. Shops and Restaurants In addition to its natural and cultural attractions, Reynolda Gardens offers a charming shopping and dining experience in Reynolda Village. The village, originally part of the estate’s working farm, has been transformed into a delightful area filled with unique shops and cozy restaurants. Visitors can browse through boutique stores offering a range of products from artisanal crafts and gifts to fashionable clothing and accessories. After shopping, you can enjoy a meal at one of the on-site restaurants, which offer a variety of dining options to suit all tastes. From casual cafes perfect for a quick bite or a coffee break to upscale restaurants serving delicious, locally sourced meals, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Many of these establishments are housed in beautifully preserved historic buildings, adding to the charming atmosphere of Reynolda Village.

Educational Programs

Reynolda Gardens is not just a place of beauty but also a center for learning. The estate hosts a variety of educational programs throughout the year. From gardening workshops and botanical lectures to children’s programs and seasonal tours, there’s always something new to learn.

Special Events

The gardens also serve as a venue for numerous special events. Seasonal plant sales, art exhibitions, and garden tours are just a few examples. One of the highlights is the annual Reynolda Garden Party, where visitors can enjoy live music, local food, and family-friendly activities amidst the stunning garden backdrop.
For more information, visit Reynolda Gardens or follow them on social media for updates on events and seasonal highlights.
Happy exploring!

Reynolda Gardens
100 Reynolda Village
Winston Salem, NC 27106
(336) 758-559
https://reynolda.org/

Upcoming Activities/Events

  • May 30th-June 2nd NC Trail Days (Area Event 3-night min.)
  • June 1st/2nd Nature Scavenger Hunt/Crafts
  • June 8th “Aloha” Happy Camper social 4:30-6:30pm
  • June 15th Barbecue potluck dinner & live music 5:30pm
  • June 16th Father’s Day
  • June 22nd Family fun day
  • June 29th Ice Cream social 7pm

Cooking at Camp

Grilled Breakfast Casserole
Grilled Breakfast CasseroleIngredients

  • 500 grams frozen hashbrown or tater tots
  • 8 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 package chicken sausage links, cooked and chopped (or other sausage, bacon or ham)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • Seasoning salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions:

  1. Heat BBQ grill to 350 degrees
  2. Spray the bottom of a disposable aluminum foil lasagna pan with cooking spray.
  3. Press the hashbrowns or tater tots into the bottom (helps if they are thawed).
  4. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium bowl.
  5. Layer sausage, onion, bell pepper and mushrooms onto the potatoes.
  6. Pour the egg mixture over everything.
  7. Season with salt & pepper.
  8. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese.
  9. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place on the preheated grill.
  10. Cook for 30 minutes or until eggs are set. Remove foil for the last 5-10 minutes so cheese will brown.

Byrd’s Branch Campground is located in the Foothills of Elkin, North Carolina. With 14 RV sites and 4 tent sites it offers a relaxing getaway the whole family can enjoy!

Office: 336-526-1146
Dwaine Carrier: 336-366-0603
Larena Carrier: 336-366-9955