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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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Address: 426 Anderson Street, Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341
Phone Number: 919-684-3698
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Botany meets Forestry

This is a truly lovely garden, including waterscape, tended gardens and a more rustic and wild indigenous section. My wife is a botanist and so we go to many gardens, arboretums... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Houston
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67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a truly lovely garden, including waterscape, tended gardens and a more rustic and wild indigenous section. My wife is a botanist and so we go to many gardens, arboretums and botanical gardens - the walks here are as good as it gets! Lovely view of the Duke chapel, and after you park here you can wonder into campus... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful in the spring, summer & fall. It's free entrance but they charge $1/hr parking now. The best time imo is evening. There are several blue Herron native to the gardens. There's a large area to picnic or sun bathe along with playing family games. Lots of ducks, birds, geese & swans.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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143 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Parking is kind of limited and you have to pay for it too.That being said the gardens are so worth the visit. Walking shoes are a must as there are pathways to a variety of gardens, a nice lawn area where you could spread out a blanket and read a good book, bring a camera to take plenty of pics,... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Duke Gardens is located on the campus of Duke University, but is easy to access with it's own parking lot. My favorite time of year is when the wisteria is blooming all over the arbor they have at the top of the tiered gardens. which are spectacular anytime. They drop down to a pond filled with goldfish. The flowers are... More 

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Prospect Hill
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The first time we went on a coolish sunny summer day. There were loads of flowers in bloom. We spent a leisurely day strolling the grounds. Particularly liked the Pagoda and Japanese section. On our second visit we took our daughter and son-in-law. Beautiful!

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It takes at least a half a day to see all that has been done to the area. The fauna is year round appropriate.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful year-round place to visit, stroll and relax. Amazing variety of plants as well as a fish pond and another pond in an area with an Asian theme.

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice strolling on a sunny day, gracious small waterfalls in Asian section, but stone steps challenging for mobility challenged, pathways are gravel rather than hard paved.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure this place is much more beautiful in the Spring but it was pretty even in January. There were many paths to wander.

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60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went mid to late April and mid May and walked a similar route both times, taking several hours to meander and enjoy. Went with my husband for first visit and then friends who were in town for the weekend. We had a wonderful time walking around with them and seeing new things in bloom, parties and events ramping up... More 

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