While the fun of MumFest will be the draw in New Bern Oct. 12-14, Tryon Palace, with its glorious gardens in full bloom, will host a more subtle celebration. Garden Lovers Weekend opens the garden gate at no charge and allows visitors to enjoy the seasonal brilliance. Gardens will be free to the public from 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13 and from noon to 6pm on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Want to take home some of the blooming splendor? The Fall Heritage Plant Sales runs Friday and Saturday at the Daves House, featuring a wide variety of perennials, herbs and fall favorites. Honey from the Tryon Palace bees will also be available to purchase.

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