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“Wonderful Arboretum”

The North Carolina Arboretum
Ranked #6 of 186 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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Durants Neck, North Carolina
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511 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Wonderful Arboretum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

As you would expect from Asheville, this was a wonderful display of plants and trees. Everything looked so healthy and well cared for. This was very helpful to me to see what will grow in NC as I am starting to landscape my yard and need to know what will work.
The arboretum is just a pleasure to walk through. Take your time and just enjoy the surroundings. The bonsai garden is equally as delightful - a must see.

Visited June 2011
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Boone, North Carolina
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“50th Anniversary celebration with family and friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

We have been to the Asheville Arboretum on several occasions and do not hesitate to bring family and friends here whenever possible - in range of mountain plant life this is unsurpassed in design and variety of species - beautiful walks arches, walks, views, plant beds and tree assemblies

Visited August 2011
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Definitely worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

The current exhibits on wood-turning and botanical photography are extraordinary. The Bonsai collection is excellent--and the greenhouses are filled with bonsai-in-progress, The grounds are well worth exploring, but some parts which are beautiful in the spring (e.g., Plants of Promise) are a bit bedraggled in late summer.

Visited August 2011
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“A don't miss for plant people, still great for everyone else”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

Wow! Just fabulous gardens and bonsai! It was a full half-day to thoroughly enjoy and see even without walking one of the longer trails. Even the cafe' had really good and healthy food for lunch. I would go in the morning and plan to eat lunch to finish up your trip. Make sure to take a camera! At 8 bucks a carload it was well worth the admission.

Visited August 2011
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Stafford, Virginia
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“Spend your time in the gardens at the Biltmore Estate, they're far better!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

My wife and I recently visited the arboretum. We went on a Tuesday as it is free parking on Tuesdays and since they don't charge an admission fee it makes the costs free... We were a bit disappointed in the arboretum. I had hoped it would be a bit more.

Having been to the Biltmore Estate, the gardens there make the Arboretum look pathetic. I realize that it is summer and many plants are not in bloom but there are still many summer flowers to enjoy and the arboretum was lacking. If you love gardening and plants it's still worth a visit. However, my wife and I were not overly impressed. For the cost, free it is kinda hard to complain though!

We did enjoy the hiking trails and took our dog with us on them. Dogs are not welcome in the more formal garden areas which was a bit frustrating. We were able to find a shady spot to park and left the windows down and kept the dog in the car while we toured the gardens where dogs were not allowed.

They had an expansive Bonsai display which was interesting, but I am not really into Bonsai. If you were into that type of gardening it would be a must see. There were many plants that were not labeled which was also a disappointment. Seems to be one of the most important aspects of an arboretum is the ability to know what you are seeing so you can go out and obtain that variety for your garden. I had also hoped their would be more trees labeled and on display. They had expansive wooded areas with a handful of native trees labeled, but far less than what I thought there would be.

If you enjoy gardening and have the time, pick a Tuesday and see the place for free. If you are tight for time you won't miss much! You'll get a great plant experience at the Biltmore Estate.

Visited August 2011
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