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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
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Ranked #22 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the Botanical Gardens at...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Orlando, Florida, USA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
53 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you have more than 1 day in Asheville...which I am sure you will be spending at the Biltmore, then the next day go to the Botanical Gardens. If you enjoyed the Biltmore's gardens these are better. Perhaps not as large but much better. Pack a light lunch and have a picnic. Walk...enjoy...breathe the air and take in the beauty.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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69 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Small gardens with pleasant walks - more of a place to while away an hour when you are in the area for other sights that somewhere to plan a visit around.

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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274 reviews 274 reviews
120 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Walk along the creek in the quiet woods. The student wives bring the kids here for a little air on a warm afternoon. Try it, you'll like it.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We took a short stroll around the gardens because we were in the area. Pleasant enough but not worth going out of your way to visit.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The path through these gardens was full of flowers and beautiful trees. My husband and I sat for a long time on a bench to watch numerous birds visit a feeder. The gift shop has many unique items at very reasonable prices. The only downside to these gardens was that part of it went along a busy highway but you... More 

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South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This will not make the lists of the great gardens of the world but I do wonder if there is such a thing as a 'bad' garden. Any place that is green, serene, and given the least bit of attention is worthy of a visit. This is not a highly curated garden with huge collections of blooming species and formal... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We absolutely loved this place. The vibe is much more wild and unstructured than the North Carolina Arboretum, but there are some beautiful walking trails, a stream, bridge, gazebo. We navigated the place just fine with a stroller and enjoyed a relaxing walk. Many flowers were in bloom, there were butterflies flitting around. The environment is peaceful and calming. Would... More 

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ishpeming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I eloped and were married in the botanical gardens. It was beautiful and I would love to do it again........

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Asheville, North Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The gardens are fine, nothing amazing, but pretty none-the-less and a nice place to enjoy nature in the city. If you are bringing kids, please note that any play needs to be fairly controlled. I don't think this is unreasonable considering the work they've put into the grounds, but it was unexpected to me when we were confronted by staff... More 

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Largo, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I knew about the Biltmore and wanted to see that but these gardens were amazing. If you have the time to wander through, I definitely would.

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