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“This is a MUST See Place - Relaxing & Gorgeous”

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Ranked #1 of 85 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

We have visited this garden in April and in November. Definitely less colorful in November but still impressive. i.e. 6 foot lilly pads and koi pond amazing. Roses still blooming too. Just a gorgeous peaceful place place and a nice gift shop. Avenue of perennials, Japanese garden, Formal gardens, Rose garden and fountains. Enjoy!!! Pay for parking and a donation if you choose. WONDERFUL!!!

Thank Constance S
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a really wonderful place to stroll and especially to take pictures. That is what stood out to me. Some of the trees had really low branches that you could "strike a pose" on. The gardens are very well maintained.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a terrific place to visit if you are near or around Duke University. Don't miss the opportunity if the weather permits! The gardens are lush and the large variety of plant life is identified with placards.

Thank Jay P
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are definitely worth visiting when in Durham. I visited during late fall, but there was still plenty to see and the gardens were well maintained with most leaves swept from the pathways. There are open areas where you can let the kids roam free and dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. The gardens focuses on three areas, Asian Terrace gardens and native plants.

If you go on the weekends parking is free until 1300. After 1300 it costs $1 per 30 minutes, which can add up if you are there for awhile. There is a parking lot close to the entrance and to the visitor's center and one further up across from the center. I would recommend parking at the latter, as most people try to park closer to the entrance and fills up quickly. There is no admission price for the gardens. For the Doris Duke Center, the hours of operation are limited so make sure to check before you go if you want to go there as part of your visit. Also, the cafe will close for the winter so plan accordingly.

There are walking paths that take you through the gardens and they obviously put some thought into the layout. It is easy to spend as little or as much time as you want going through the gardens. There are plenty of benches where you can rest and enjoy a nice day. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens is one of the better ones that I have been to. I would definitely visit it if you are in the Research Triangle area.

Thank wbullseye
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Expensive but hot Hot Chocolate (and other treats) sold in a lovely little stone building on the edge of the terraced gardens. Heard there are deer running about but did not see any. The ponds & lakes added nice photo spots, but we reallly liked the working farm area where cotton was hanging to dry, chickens were milling about their pen, and there were some new ideas and great-to-see techniques for growing edible foods. Also liked seeng the names of many familiar plants as well as unusual plants like bamboo. And we were legally able to park for free as we had explored, enjoyed & left before their Sat 1p parking fee kicked in. Nice and helpful gal at the desk shared maps of the gardens and Duke as well as some ideas for maximizing our time there.

Thank Karen S
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