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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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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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This is where i got married!

We got married in the Gazebo in the Fall, it was beautiful. There are trail to walk around the garden, the plants are amazing. Great place for a picnic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got married in the Gazebo in the Fall, it was beautiful. There are trail to walk around the garden, the plants are amazing. Great place for a picnic.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not as big as the Atlanta Botanical gardens light displays at the holidays, but this made for a great evening walking around the gardens. Most of it was on one level, so even the elderly could navigate it well. I was impressed and will bring out of town guests here again next year.

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Winnetka, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Asheville! Easy to get to and well with the effort the gardens are beautiful. We went in the fall but I bet any time of the year this place would be spectacular

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Thank Jim B
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

In the Spring & Summer the gardens are alive with color. There is a large variety of NC flowers & shrubs. Year round it is a terrific place for a good walk in the woods. The paths circle around UNC-Asheville and are easy to moderate. Good for kids & adults. Wonderful local resource.

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Saltville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Wonderful, marvelous, and worth a visit in any season! One of our favorite places to visit and a nice exception to the city hubbub.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Bought tickets for 6:00 so went a bit early. Turns out we could of gone at 7 and missed out on the horrible and dangerous traffic jam on i26. They did not open parking lot gates until 6 so traffic was backed up on freeway. Hope management is listening... Open the parking lot by 5:30!!!! And the doors at 6:00!... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Took a leisurely stroll around the building. It was still beautiful, but it was late fall almost winter beautiful, so likely a lot less to see this time of year. Found the gift shop charming, and am pleasantly surprised this place survives on donations and volunteerism. Looking forward to going back in Spring!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Take a walk thru this garden and the water, rocks, trees, and flora take you on a meandering experience that is good for your soul. Thre sun glistening over the water enhancing the ripples, and emphasizeing the green color of the mossy rocks made everything brighter. Trees encasing the trail with beautiful fall shades, and standing skyward along the way... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We were looking for an attraction that allowed us to decide how much walking was necessary, and not have to backtrack to get back to the starting point. This attraction gives everyone an opportunity to walk as little, or as much, as desired. There are many different routes to take, and the views and exhibits are beautiful! They even have... More 

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Asheville NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great place for walking especially with young kids. They love to wade in the creek and skip stones. We found a box turtle strolling along one of the trails this summer. Lots of interesting plant specimens growing in these woods, most of them are labeled along the trails so good learning experience too.

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