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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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Address: 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC 28804
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Lovely wooded area

This is a small garden with a trail through a lovely wooded area. It was very peaceful. It is free and does not take much time to go through.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting the Gardens in the spring time offers some beautiful plants and flowers . If you love plants go !

Thank herbzone
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small garden with a trail through a lovely wooded area. It was very peaceful. It is free and does not take much time to go through.

Thank BeckySD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This shaded garden is beautiful. It has a creek that you can play in the creek, bird watch, and nice for nature photography. The trails are short but worth an hour visit.

Thank ATLTraveller_12
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not really outstanding but you can take a nice mostly shaded walk in the summer in 30 minutes and it's free. We enjoyed our time there

Thank sncathome
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's difficult to give 3 stars to an outdoor space, however of all the hiking and sightseeing we did in Asheville this one just didn't stand out. Walking paths, a creek but nothing special, especially with so many mind blowing sights and hiking opportunities around the Blue Ridge Parkway. You are wedged between a busy road and college campus so... More 

Thank enall317
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I loved this place. Great to sit down, read a book by the creek, and relax. The lady from the store was nice. We'll come back. Carry walking shoes and a camera, you'll need them!

Thank Marilyn L
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this garden. It is associated with UNC-A and has a lovely little gift shop. You can meander over the paths, following a stream and enjoy every season here. There is ample parking in the lot and a nice walk that runs outside the Gardens from Broadway to Merrimon Avenue, skirting the University . . . love to ride... More 

Thank Bonnie C
Hope, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived here hoping to go for a walk with our dog who is a Therapy dog and extremely well-behaved. We approached the entrance and were reading the bulletin board and saw the large sign saying NO DOGS so, we were turning around and a woman came out of the building and asked us to leave. Very un-Asheville. Sooo disappointed... More 

Thank Sonia T
Newton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Need to start by saying that this was overshadowed by the Arboretum in Asheville, which we visited the next AM. That said, (and given the price - free, though there is a gift shop), we enjoyed ourselves on a fairly muggy morning. Not very big, but big enough for us, with a nice mix of trails, paths, creek, places to... More 

Thank Jeff B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Somewhat disappointed we were not told that the greenhouse was closed. Gardens were OK but have seen better. Hiking is good.

Thank FloridaTravelhound

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