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“Free Attraction” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
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Ranked #46 of 176 things to do in Asheville
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Owner description: 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.
Denton, Texas
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“Free Attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Take a leisurely stroll in a beautiful botanical garden with a focus on native trees, plants and shrubs complete with a babbling brook. A walking path takes you through the gardens at your own pace. Gift shop.

Visited September 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Great Relaxing place to enjoy nature's beauty!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

It is always well manicured. I especially love the bonsai gardens.
Equally as talented as the Japanese. I always feel a wonderful peace when I visit these gardens.

Visited February 2013
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“Pleasant Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The gardens are celebrating 50 years. The area is small, but nice for a stroll and/or picnic. The gravel loop trail is short, easy and displayed several blooms, even in late September. A stream runs through the garden with several picturesque views, including a Japanese-style bridge crossing. Some of the larger trees are impressive. Admission is free. No dogs allowed.

Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Set aside a couple hours and bring your camera!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Beautiful landscaping with many points of interest. Lots of great water to enjoy and trails rich with photo opps. Trails are not difficult and should be short enough for most fitness levels. We loved it and look forward to visiting during leaf season.

Visited July 2013
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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“we love going here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband & I have visited here several times - it is very pretty & a nice, calm place in the midst of the city. It is also free!

Visited October 2012
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