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“Hey Mom, These plants eat Bugs!!!!”

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Ranked #4 of 47 things to do in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed February 8, 2013

This a nice place to while away an hour or so, and hopefully learn about the wide variety of plants that will grow in the NC Piedmont. I went the other day specifically to look at their Carnivorous Plant Garden, to see what species they have that can survive outside all year long in this area. Numerous species of flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, and butterworts on exhibit. As you might imagine, in early February there is not as much to see as say in April or August, but it was still an interesting trip. There are various types of Gardens laid out by subject, so whether your interest lies in medicinal herbs, flowers, or bog gardens, you will find something there. They have a nice, small gift shop with books and other items having to do with gardening, bird watching, etc. There is also a nice series of walking paths around the area. I'll be going back in the Spring.

Thank Tyaskin
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is a research, conservation, and learning center. The herb garden is amazing, there are dozens of different varieties of each herb. They propagate and sell endangered plants like Venus fly traps and pitcher plants as well as herbs. It doesn't have the amazing views of Sarah Duke Gardens or JC Raulston Arboretum but does offer more kid-friendly activities.

1  Thank M S
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The North Carolina Botanical Garden offers a quiet respite from the busy urban atmosphere of Chapel Hill. The garden is separated into different zones representing regions of North Carolina. While not necessarily the best botanical garden, it does provide a nice array and explanation. One of the unique areas are the carnivorous plants, something that is out of the ordinary from other gardens.

There were not of plants in bloom, so it was hard to get a feel of what it would look like in the spring and early summer. However, they were about to hold an inaugural banquet for an art sculpture display at the garden. This provided to see artwork throughout the garden that normally is not there. While most were strange, there were a few nice pieces.

The garden itself is free, but you can leave a donation if you choose. There are also a series of nature trails adjacent to the garden. If you have the time, I would recommend spending a few hours walking through the garden.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I live nearby and often visit with a book just to have some quiet, outdoor time. There are many places to pick from to sit quietly and not be too disturbed. Lots of nice trails to wander through.

1  Thank Rachel M
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Luke and I spent time together. Did not have a lot of time, but enjoyed it very much.l Very calming and Luke loves the outdoors.

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