Hurricane Florence claimed 300 trees at the county gardens, but the oyster roast and Enchanted Airlie will go on

WILMINGTON -- Airlie Gardens will remain closed through at least the end of the month as crews work to clear the local attraction of Hurricane Florence's aftermath.

New Hanover County officials are estimating at least 300 trees were claimed by Florence across the attraction's nearly 67 acres.

Tara Duckworth, the county's parks and gardens director, said the backside of the gardens, near Spring Garden and Lebanon Chapel, took a significant hit.

"We are working our front to back, so they just now starting that part and it's going to take several weeks," she said.

The front entrances also suffered significant tree damage, Duckworth said.

"We will be doing some tree canopy for years to come," she said.

The storm, however, left many of the gardens' iconic elements unscathed.

The Airlie Oak and Minnie Evans' Bottle House art installation weathered the storm well, and the butterfly house only suffered a little water damage, Duckworth said.

Airlie's major fall events will also still go on as planned.

The oyster roast set for Oct. 19 will still happen and Enchanted Airlie is not being cancelled.

"Christmas will not be ruined," Duckworth said.

Reporter Hunter Ingram can be reached at Hunter.Ingram@StarNewsOnline.com.