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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
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Ranked #25 of 84 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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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
5 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Shallotte, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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
55 helpful votes 55 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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