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“Well worth a visit”

The North Carolina Arboretum
Ranked #4 of 192 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Asheville, North Carolina
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79 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We live here and manage to visit several times per year. Some nice 1-3 mile hikes, the gardens are a amazing and its generally a great place to spend a few hours with family. Storngly recommend it for visitors with some time on their hands.

Visited June 2012
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Asheville
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“Must say it bothers me”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

It's actually quite nice but the hours are (were annoying). Not sure what they are now but they used to be only open during business hours and it bothered me that I could never get there. Finally went and it was nice.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Wicked Plants Exhibit”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Wicked plants exhibit was very well put together and very interesting! Visit to the exhibit was free. The exhibit was mostly indoors but there was also an outdoor exhibit with live plants. Wish the outdoor exhibit was a bit bigger as I would have liked to see more "wicked" live plants. The rest of the Arboretum was very nice and well set up. Saw the Bonsai exhibit and wished I could have seen more of the arboretum but unfortunately ran out of time.

Visited July 2012
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Maynard, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely garden next to NC Ashville”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

Devoted to native plants, the garden has several really interesting specimen trees, delightful places to sit and enjoy the streams that run through the gardens, a very helpful staff and a nice gift shop

Visited June 2012
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Romeo, Michigan
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“Worth a short visit, beautiful landscape”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Overall: The gardens were very worth the small fee of eight dollars, check their website and you can see which exhibit they have currently. Enjoyed the gardens even in a light rain, just bring a umbrella! You might want to wear tennis shoes, some of the paths are dirt and gravel.

To get onto the arboretum grounds it is an 8 dollar parking fee, they do not charge per person for entrance to the exhibits themselves. On the grounds there is an exhibit building with different traveling exhibits, currently there is the "Wicked Plants" exhibit which was very interesting. In this building there is also a small gift shop with some local made art. Outside of the building there are various different gardens and trails including a beautiful bonsai tree gallery and a "quilt" garden with different squares of flowers. This whole area is perfectly maintained and groomed, beautiful areas definitely worth an hour or two visit.

The "Wicked Plants" exhibit originated at the arboretum and it is an interesting little walk through which leads you into different rooms decorated in a macabre style. Each room has plaques discussing dangerous and deadly plants. There are interactive area's in almost each room. The exhibit was very enjoyable but I saw area's that need some fine tuning, at least three of the interactive elements were not working or did not have signs to direct users. If I had paid too see only this exhibit I would have been disappointing but coupled with the small fee for the whole gardens it was definitely worth going. I loved all the information on the plants but I wish they had more replicas, drawings or pictures of the plants themselves instead of just paper with paragraphs about them.

Visited July 2012
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