Attmore-Oliver House Garden
The New Bern Historical Society has been landscaping and adding gardens that reflect the era of the Attmore-Oliver House and that will contribute to the dignity and serenity of our property for many years to come. In 2007, NBHS was very fortunate to have the guidance and expertise of Jack Daft and Rebecca Lucas in the design and direction of this landscape project. Daft and Lucas were successful in looking to the stately mature pecan, magnolia, and crape myrtle trees that framed the grounds in finding inspiration for the design of the new garden path gardens. The focus was to add local southern plantings that were original to the site in years past. Generous donations by many members of the Historical Society and New Bern residents have made this a reality. A real blessing was the locating of Lavinia Cole Robert’s 1885 plant list for her gardens. Some of the plants were located on this very site. We were able to choose fifteen old roses from her list along with many other plants. Roberts was an avid gardener whose family owned the Pollock Street house that anchors this garden and whose brother-in-law, Captain William Willis Roberts, was responsible for bringing the lycoris radiata or Spider Lilly to New Bern and North America from Japan.
For a step back in time, we invite you to come and visit our gardens. They are a city block deep so you can enter from 512 Pollock Street or the NBHS front gate located at 511 Broad Street.