Azalea Festival

George Edwards & the Historic Home Tour

Apr 11, 2015

George Edwards is the Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation. George stopped by to tell us about the Historic Home Tour open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, as a part of the Azalea Festival.  For information regarding the 9 homes + 1 church on this self-guided tour, click here.

The Cape Fear Garden Club-Azaleas & So Much More

Apr 9, 2015

The Cape Fear Garden Club presents the 62nd Annual Azalea Garden Tour.  Garden club member and tour chairperson Sandra Kittinger tells us about the 13 gardens included this year, and of equal interest, she also talks about the charitable work the Cape Fear Garden Club does in the community.  This may be a surprise to many folks-for instance, can you guess which organization landscapes the local homes built by Habitat for Humani

WHQR Staff

Rebecca Philpott and Susan Taylor Block tell us all about the Cape Fear Garden Club’s 2014 Azalea Garden Tour. Tickets and information at  

Skip Watkins says he’s dreamed of serving in public office his whole life. A father, financial advisor and longtime volunteer with the Cape Fear Festival and Expo and the Azalea Festival, Watkins cites frustration over Wilmington City Council’s recent efforts to acquire a minor-league baseball stadium as the catalyst that ultimately spurred him to run for a seat on the Council. If elected, Skip Watkins hopes to provide the City with a dose of what he describes as “fiscal guidance.”

The headliner for this year’s Azalea Festival has been announced. Country singer Scotty McCreery will perform at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum on April 13th.

McCreery is a Garner, North Carolina native who won the American Idol television competition last year.

The Azalea Festival has been a Wilmington tradition since 1948 and a recent study by UNCW researchers found that the event has a $50 million impact on the local economy. This year, the festival runs from April 11th to 15th.