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“Gardens in Bloom” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
426 Anderson Street, Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708-0341
919-684-3698
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Ranked #1 of 72 things to do in Durham
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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38 attraction reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Gardens in Bloom”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We have visited the gardens several times and every now and again visit when special shows or demonstrations are being put one. An excellent place to take guests and to enjoy a peaceful afternoon.Thanks to all those that work so hard to make it special.

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Durham, North Carolina
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“Beautiful Gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We went with our friends from Europe for the first time last September. The layout of the gardens is well thought-out, and the variety of the flowers and trees is quite spectacular. Well worth visiting at least once a year. We will return in spring 2013.

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“For families, gardeners and horticulturalists. Something for everyone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Visited this garden in mid-March when the sun was warm and the temperature was a very cool 40f. Having wanted to see this garden for many years, it did not disappoint. A few brave daffodils and a patch of snowdrops had found the sun and must have been out for about a week or so. A lovely embankment of magnolia trees were also in bloom. I walked through this garden at a quick pace in a little over an hour, although it's true value is in the many 2-4 hour regular visits over the course of a season. There are plenty of magical areas to explore for adults and children and the wide pathways offer access for all into each area of the garden. The water features and extensive woodland canopy ensured visiting wildlife and a delightful volume of birdsong. One of the 200+ volunteers who commit to keeping the garden in shape was working along a walkway, and happily chatted with me about her love of the garden and her time there. Despite the season of the year, without much blooming, this garden is a gem. Recognition goes to Sarah P. Duke who originally agreed to sponsor this project in the 1930’s and to her daughter, Mary Duke Biddle, for her understanding of what it means to endow a future in so many philanthropic ways. Easy to find and adjacent to the campus of Duke University, the garden is free to visit. The visitor center and shop area provide a respite with bathrooms; other facilities in the garden seemed to be seasonal including the restaurant. Onsite parking is available for a nominal hourly fee.

Visited March 2013
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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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“Too early for much bloom but lovely walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The gardens are lovely in every season, with meandering paths through trees and around ponds. It is a relaxing place to take a walk.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Such a beautiful place. You will enjoy all the native flora and fauna. Four seasons of enjoyment. Really a joy.

Visited May 2012
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