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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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Cooling off on a hot summer day

Botanical Gardens adjacent to the University of North Carolina at Asheville. "A river runs through it" so this was soothing on a hot summer day. This was a chance to enjoy native... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We can here one morning looking for an outdoor activity that wouldn't be too hot. The botanical gardens are generously shaded with lots of cool, streamside places to explore. A great place to get away from the city and the heat. Gardens are open sunup to sundown; gift shop hours vary.

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The garden was a nice relaxing place. My boys and I loved looking at the different types of plants and even cooled off our feet in the creek. If we were thinking ahead we would have taken a nice picnic there.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Botanical Gardens adjacent to the University of North Carolina at Asheville. "A river runs through it" so this was soothing on a hot summer day. This was a chance to enjoy native "Carolinian" species: trees, shrubs and flowers. The Hummingbird Clearwing Moths feeding on the Bee-balm were spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We enjoyed this visit and felt like there was a surprise around many bends in the trail. You'll find gazebos, houses, water to splash around in, and places to sit throughout the gardens. This is a relaxing place to visit.

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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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