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“Expected so much more” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Carolina Botanical Garden
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Chapel Hill
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Durham, North Carolina
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Expected so much more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Unfortunately not great, just average botanical gardens. North Carolina has such an abundance of great weather, trees, plants, flowers, etc. that one would think the botanical garden of North Carolina would be the envy of just about any other State. Instead, everything in the gardens is just average. What a shame, it could be a huge tourist attraction if they could hire the right people to make it a dazzling place.

Visited September 2012
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Southeastern, NC
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“Relaxing and informative visits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

If you go early in the morning, it is very relaxing. I particularly love the herb garden and the way it smells.The botanist is friendly and will answer any questions you may have about plants. It is just a very peaceful place to stroll and it is the right size. I love the fact that they emphasize the native plants. Please spray yourself with mosquito repellent 'cause they are plentiful - esp. early in the morning.

Visited May 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average botanical garden”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

It's an "okay" botantical garden. Too bad, because so much more could be done to make it spectacular. Why not add lots of ponds with special fish, flowers, etc. Many more varieties of plants / flowers needed to make it a superior botanical garden. How about a park for kids with a pool? Now that would make a lot of parents want to take their kids to that!

Visited September 2012
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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115 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great Local Spot; Dog Walking; Sustainability and Natives”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

The trails outside of the main fencing around the facility are open to leashed dog walking. Good little brisk hike back into the woods. I rate it average only because I've seen gardens in Hawaii and Pacific NW; but they do a good job with the native resources.

Visited February 2013
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Mebane, North Carolina
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156 reviews
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“Hey Mom, These plants eat Bugs!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2013
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