North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill: Hours, Address, North Carolina Botanical Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden
4.5
Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG), part of the University of North Carolina, is a 1,000+ acre assemblage of display gardens and natural areas in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Garden is nationally known as a center for the study, display, interpretation, and conservation of southeastern native plants. Our main gardens in Chapel Hill feature a variety of native plant displays, an indoor exhibit hall, Garden Shop, art gallery, and extensive nature trails behind the Garden.
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NCTraveler2015
Raleigh, NC5,153 contributions
Oct 2020
The North Carolina Botanical Gardens is reopened in Chapel Hill. The buildings are closed but the display gardens and the restrooms are open.

Although the gardens are free to visit they do ask for a $5 donation.

At the moment there are various art sculptures within the garden that adds a new dimension to the gardens. The gardens are divided into the Piedmont area; Coastal Plains and the Mountains. There is also an herb garden.

It is a great place to spend some time and take in nature.
Written October 3, 2020
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Richard C
Virginia660 contributions
May 2022
While I was only in Chapel Hill for a short time, I didn't know whether I'd have time to get to the NCBG -- I'm sure glad that I did. It was a hot day, and I decided to concentrate just on the herb gardens: they are brilliantly organized and maintained. This part of the garden is worth exploring for information, inspiration, or just a sense of wonder: the closer you looking, the more you'll understand and feel.
Written May 21, 2022
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Bowmanator22
Charlotte, NC4,944 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Botanical Garden over the weekend. It was very busy right at noon. The weather was perfect, so that wasn’t a surprise. Many of the blooms hadn’t arrived for the season, so there was a disappointing dearth of flowers for early May. The paths were still beautiful and most of the vegetation was clearly identified by the placards. Occasionally we were left wondering which plant was which. The fact that it was free is a major selling point for me, and I would love to return. We learned a lot, and had a peaceful stroll in the process.
Written May 10, 2021
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tunitravels
Atlanta, GA189 contributions
Aug 2021
We found these gardens very disappointing. The Perennial Circle lacked any color and was very overgrown. The Herb garden had few herbs alive and included lots of lamb's ear. The other gardens seemed more like wild weed gardens.
The walkways were nice and there are some interesting sculptures found in the gardens. There are a few wooded trails next to the gardens that were enjoyable for a walk.
I recommend the Duke Gardens, which are spectacular and the JC Raulston Arboretum, lovely and well maintained.
Written August 29, 2021
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trimc
Maryland23 contributions
The uniqueness of this arboretum is that it focuses on flora of the various regions of NC. This is unlike the other 2 aboretums in the area which are more typical international in emphasis -Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh (also free) and Sara Duke Gardens in Durham (free but $2/hr parking).
There is construction on a new educational center. Parking is limited until construction is completed.
Written June 25, 2009
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210eda
Richmond, VA10 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
It is hard to find what is where and to know what is what. Some interesting plants and sights needed more information. The sculptures were quitw nice.
Written November 17, 2017
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Delancey R
Charlotte, NC66 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
They have different trails so you can go through it and see beautiful things no matter your fitness level. You can ask them about getting the key to go over to their wild bird sanctuary. Great explanations everywhere. Chapel Hill's best-kept secret.
Written September 6, 2012
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Sukira
Providence, RI257 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
This place is smaller than botanical gardens in bigger cities, but I still liked it. It felt cozy! Glad that it’s free. You don’t need more than 30-60 mins here. A lot of cute photo ops and just a chance to get out and get in touch with nature. They had a lot of interesting plants to look at, including carnivorous and poisonous plants!
Written May 20, 2021
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Missv3507
Charlotte, NC113 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The garden is beautiful. Huge place with lots to look at. My favorite was the herb garden. I would definitely recommend going to it, any ages would enjoy. It’s easy to walk.
Written September 17, 2020
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Xiang C
Chapel Hill, NC22 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
I did not find anything interesting here. Maybe summer is not the best season to visit. I will recommend duke garden . Way better than this place
Written August 6, 2019
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I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your time at the Garden. There's no question that we're a different kind of botanical garden. Our focus is on plants native to the southeastern United States: gardening with them, conserving them, and educating people about them. This means we select plants that fit within our ecosystem and serve as food and shelter for birds, bees, and butterflies, and we avoid plants that aren't natural here and that don't help wildlife. Sometimes this makes for less glamorous garden displays, but we'd like to think the hundreds of butterflies in the Garden this time of year are interesting, to say the least! I appreciate your feedback: it helps us get better!
Written August 7, 2019
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North Carolina Botanical Garden is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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