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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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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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Okay for a Stroll, but Not a Must See

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Plantation, Florida
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Plantation, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I read some of the reviews were people were disappointed with the Botanical Gardens because it was not abounding with flowers This Botanical Garden has a collection of about 600 species that are native to our Southern Appalachian Mountains that can be seen along the 1/2 mile trail and Reed Creek. This is a beautiful place for a leisure stroll... More 

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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58 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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71 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 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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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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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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22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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