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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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Address: 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the...
Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the Botanical Gardens at Asheville were a real treat to visit. First, the Garden is located about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville which made it an easy site to visit. Second, the trail is well tended, beautiful and relaxing. If you ran it the trail is maybe 15 minutes long. If you stroll then it’s as long as you’d like. Lastly, and most important, you get to see some truly spectacular native plants in their natural habitat including a very rare Pink Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule). As a matter of fact I saw FOUR with two still in bloom as well as several yellow and white lady’s slipper orchids that had finished blooming. To see them in their native habitat is rare enough. That some knucklehead had not come by and picked them is even more amazing. Some added treats include a large stone near the main stream that clearly shows the markings of its molten past and appears to be shaped like a dragon.
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A Well-identified Botanical Garden

We enjoyed this rather small garden. Its focus is on southern Appalachian native flora, and saw some great specimens. It's a place for both more than casual observers and families... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Free, easy, relaxing and a bit informative. We liked it just fine and would do it again since it is easy and free and nice. Not super nice, but nice for Asheville is super nice compared to Knoxville.

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We enjoyed this rather small garden. Its focus is on southern Appalachian native flora, and saw some great specimens. It's a place for both more than casual observers and families with young children that just want to experience some comfortable green space.

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Clayton, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Biltmore was just a great experience. The house, the gardens, the village. So peaceful there. Beautiful scenery. Beautiful set up. LOTS to do. Will definitely return multiple times!

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Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Botanical Gardens at UNC-A don't have the glitz of the North Carolina Arboretum, which which they are sometimes confused, but they offer a lovely area for a morning or afternoon stroll. A lot of people have worked hard to make this a real asset to Asheville, especially North Asheville.

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Hudson, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We drove to the Botantical Gardens with our dog to find out they are NOT allowed. We returned the next day without the dog. We were disappointed that it is really only a circle path. Not well maintained and the buildings and fountains are in need of repairs. We certainly expected more. Nice walk on a forest trail. Not much... More 

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Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My wife and I loved this park. It was like walking through a forest with hundreds of gorgeous flowers. The path is easy and smooth. just remember that it is native flowers"

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I frequently drive to the Gardens from Winston Salem to photograph the wildflowers here. After spending several years hiking in the Appalachians looking for flowers I found that most of the native plants are found here. It's kind of like a zoo for wildflowers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's not very big,but it make for a nice walk.lots a small wild flowers,all local to this parts of the woods. A lovely creek with flat stone and bridge. My youngest was the first kid to fall in this season.that what you get for climbing on the rocks in a creek.

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Plantation, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not far from downtown or the UNCA campus, the Botanical Garden seems far away. As botanical gardens go, it's okay, but not wonderful. If you're looking for a convenient, quiet place to stroll, it is what you want. If you seek photographic opportunities, the Asheville area has much to offer. This is free and the Arboretum has a fee, but... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very well preserved wild & Native gardens with plants marked for ID. The trail follows a winding creek with wonderful rock platforms for just quietly enjoying nature and the sounds of the running water. And, their Spring plant sale offers many Native selections.

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Additional Information about Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Address: Address: 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Asheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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