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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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Nice when you're ready for a walk

This is a relatively small area carved out of the edge of the University of North Carolina-Asheville campus and fronting along Weaver Boulevard. There are a series of walking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My wife is a real garden lover, and she really enjoyed walking the botanical gardens at the UNCA campus. We'll make a point of coming back in the Spring or Late Fall, to see the blooming flowers and turning leaves respectively. I will point out that the lady on duty at the reception area/gift shop couldn't have been more helpful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

the wedding ceremony and reception were held here. Even with the thunder and a few drops of rain it was an enjoyable and beautiful evening.

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A small botanical garden but oh, so perfect. Adjoins the University in a quiet part of town. The walks are great, the gift shop funky....mostly just a perfect place for a picnic, an afternoon walk or just to sit and contemplate.

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Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a relatively small area carved out of the edge of the University of North Carolina-Asheville campus and fronting along Weaver Boulevard. There are a series of walking trails in the Gardens that make a nice 10 or 15 minute loop stroll. Many of the plants are marked, and the area is especially attractive in the spring when the... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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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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