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“Looked like it needed some TLC”

Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Ranked #17 of 45 things to do in Boone
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Owner description: Near the Horn in the West
SC
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Looked like it needed some TLC”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

The entrance to the gardens was lovely-loads of flowers in bloom-and there was a cute little building with brochures. Once you got into the gardens proper (which a sign indicated were tended by volunteers), it looked as if they were in need of an influx of volunteer help. Six ft tall weeds were mixed in with the borders and many of the (native azalea especially) shrubs looked as if they needed severe pruning (mostly dead, straggly leafless trunks topped by a few weak leaves). A huge tree had fallen earlier in the week (city of Boone has to take care of removal we were told) so a part of the garden was closed off.
The restored log cabin (which had been moved to the site sometime in the 1960s from somewhere in the nearby hills) was interesting--hard to imagine a whole family living in such a small space. The fern garden looked quite healthy for the most part and the walks through that part of the garden were very pleasant.

Visited August 2013
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Calhoun, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Free but Not a Must See”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The gardens are located up the hill from Appalachian State. There is no charge to get into the gardens though they do ask for a $2 donation, which is why I gave the gardens an average versus a poor rating. Viewing the gardens takes about 10 minutes and was similar to my parent's yard. Not a must-do attraction by any means. If you want to walk around for a few minutes, it will do, but I was not impressed.

Visited July 2013
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Berea, Kentucky
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you are looking to see a variety of flowers that you cannot spot on a regular base, then this garden is the place for you! Daniel Boone Native Gardens has a variety of flowers such as Fraser, sedge, pink laddy slipper, porcelain berry, wild ginger, lily of the valley and much more. Even though there garden bed is being prepared for re-planting, there is still a variety of colorful plants. I forgot to mention that the garden also has blue berry trees, pink shell Azalea, flame azalea, Virginia bluebells. These names probably sound very unfamiliar to most people because they are exotic and well worth seeing. The garden is well cared for and there are labels next to each of the gorgeous flowers which makes it nice because then you actually know what the name of the pretty flower you are looking at is. The garden is next to the farmers market, I would recommend visiting the farmers market then stopping by for a peaceful, scenic and relaxing tour of the garden.

Visited May 2013
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DC
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice, very nice, but needs better signage”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We enjoyed strolling through, but were disappointed that the signage did not make it clear which plants were which. It seemed the gardens would truly benefit from a $5-10K windfall. But it is peaceful, serene, and lovely.

Visited July 2013
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