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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 walk

It's not very big,but it make for a nice walk.lots a small wild flowers,all local to this parts of the woods. A lovely creek with flat stone and bridge. My youngest was the first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Hudson, Ohio
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133 reviews 133 reviews
62 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I frequently drive to the Gardens from Winston Salem to photograph the wildflowers here. After spending several years hiking in the Appalachians looking for flowers I found that most of the native plants are found here. It's kind of like a zoo for wildflowers.

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curacao
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's not very big,but it make for a nice walk.lots a small wild flowers,all local to this parts of the woods. A lovely creek with flat stone and bridge. My youngest was the first kid to fall in this season.that what you get for climbing on the rocks in a creek.

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Plantation, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not far from downtown or the UNCA campus, the Botanical Garden seems far away. As botanical gardens go, it's okay, but not wonderful. If you're looking for a convenient, quiet place to stroll, it is what you want. If you seek photographic opportunities, the Asheville area has much to offer. This is free and the Arboretum has a fee, but... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very well preserved wild & Native gardens with plants marked for ID. The trail follows a winding creek with wonderful rock platforms for just quietly enjoying nature and the sounds of the running water. And, their Spring plant sale offers many Native selections.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I read some of the reviews were people were disappointed with the Botanical Gardens because it was not abounding with flowers This Botanical Garden has a collection of about 600 species that are native to our Southern Appalachian Mountains that can be seen along the 1/2 mile trail and Reed Creek. This is a beautiful place for a leisure stroll... More 

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you have more than 1 day in Asheville...which I am sure you will be spending at the Biltmore, then the next day go to the Botanical Gardens. If you enjoyed the Biltmore's gardens these are better. Perhaps not as large but much better. Pack a light lunch and have a picnic. Walk...enjoy...breathe the air and take in the beauty.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
71 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Small gardens with pleasant walks - more of a place to while away an hour when you are in the area for other sights that somewhere to plan a visit around.

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Walk along the creek in the quiet woods. The student wives bring the kids here for a little air on a warm afternoon. Try it, you'll like it.

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