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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
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Ranked #24 of 83 attractions in Asheville
Type: Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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ishpeming
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113 reviews 113 reviews
43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Shallotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had two little ones with us (2 and 3) and we spent a wonderful hour or so just wandering the trails, looking at the flowers, crossing the streams on wooden bridges and having an impromptu snack picnic in the meadow, all right in the middle of the civilization.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We've been to many botanical gardens, and walking through here just felt like walking through a park. Don't go out of your way because there's really nothing special there. It was a hot day, so we at least enjoyed having a cool place to take a walk.

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Austin, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The Botanical Gardens in Asheville was the first stop on our week-long vacation to Maggie Valley. This is a must-see attraction if you enjoy strolling through a beautiful, well-kept garden. There's a cafe inside the Education Center, but it was closed on the day we visited (Monday). Everything was in full bloom, and the weather couldn't have been better (although... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Loved strolling in this little garden area.It was a nice surprise to find in a metropolitan area and within a university.

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Ashevile
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Enjoyed walking down by the river. I don't think we were there at the right time to see tons of things in bloom but none the less it was still a very nice place to be outside and relax by the water and take some pictures.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Maybe we were there at the wrong time, but nothing was really in bloom other than a couple of little basic flowering plants. It's basically just a half mile loop that goes through a wooded area. The stream that runs through the area was the most interesting feature. They might want to post something that gives you an idea of... More

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Newark, Delaware
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Maybe it was not the perfect season, but other than the orchids there was not too much to see. I expected more

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