A Glimpse at Garden Party 2018


With the North Carolina Azalea Festival on the horizon, the merchants at Lumina Station and Wilmington locals alike are gearing up for a fashionable and fun-filled event: the Airlie Luncheon Garden Party!

But if you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps a newcomer to the party itself, you might be asking yourself what to expect and even what you should include in your wardrobe. Luckily, the shops at Lumina Station have some answers for you.

The Main Event

For years, the Garden Party has been an enthusiastic kick-off to the North Carolina Azalea Festival, which celebrates the natural beauty and history of Wilmington. It’s a chance for the locals and visitors that support and partner with the Azalea Festival to indulge in a luncheon and meet-and-greet in scenic Airlie Gardens, complete with a performance by the Citadell Summerall Guards. And of course, it’s also an opportunity to grab some of the latest fashions and admire the styles of regional influencers – that’s where Lumina Station comes in each year!

Our Merchants

As any Garden Party regular knows, the merchants at Lumina Station are frequent trendsetters at this annual gathering. But you might not know that many of them also promote springtime wares ahead of time to help you get your outfit together for the big day. In case you’re still looking for the right hat, shoes, or other piece to complete your ensemble, we’ve put together a few last-minute stops you can make here in our village.

You may have missed out on Monkee’s annual Spring Fling & Garden Party event last month, but this Lumina Station favorite still features its spring line at fair prices, meaning you can find exactly what you need to put the finishing touches on your Garden Party wear!

If your outfit is already planned – down to the shoes on your feet – then your final destination may be Tickled Pink, a boutique filled to the brim with the work of local artists and exhibitors. Here you’ll be able to find the best jewelry to compliment your wardrobe and usher in the brighter accents of spring.

For any other odds and ends you may need, from handbags to hats, Ziabird can help round out a Garden Party-ready ensemble that highlights your personal style. This shop is a popular one in and around Lumina Station, and utilizes the owner’s background in film costume design and styling to keep you well-dressed from season to season.

Whether you need an outfit for Garden Party or just want to browse, the quaint accessibility of Lumina Station is a great way to take a breather and enjoy the spring breezes and sunshine. Visit our village and find out why Lumina Station is a local favorite.