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“Well worth a visit”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #41 of 196 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the Botanical Gardens at Asheville were a real treat to visit. First, the Garden is located about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville which made it an easy site to visit. Second, the trail is well tended, beautiful and relaxing. If you ran it the trail is maybe 15 minutes long. If you stroll then it’s as long as you’d like. Lastly, and most important, you get to see some truly spectacular native plants in their natural habitat including a very rare Pink Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule). As a matter of fact I saw FOUR with two still in bloom as well as several yellow and white lady’s slipper orchids that had finished blooming. To see them in their native habitat is rare enough. That some knucklehead had not come by and picked them is even more amazing. Some added treats include a large stone near the main stream that clearly shows the markings of its molten past and appears to be shaped like a dragon.
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Wasn't going to stop here as we were going to see the gardens at the Biltmore Estate. Glad we did. The gardens we thought were better than at the Biltmore Estate. You are only charged for your car not the occupants. Think it cost us $8.00. The weather was really hot but there was plenty of shade and you could go inside to air conditioning to cool off. Not crowded at all. Staff was great. Think everyone will be very pleased with their visit.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

A really lovely, peaceful garden walk among native North Carolina plants. There's even a creek running through it. It is open every day of the year, sun-up to sundown, and there is always something different to see in each season. Plants are well-marked for those interested in identification. Benches and tables are scattered on the property so that a lunch time break or spot to read a book and relax is readily available. The gift shop has interesting things to offer, many products made locally within the garden theme. There does seem to be some confusion in others reviews as there is no "quilt garden" or "bonsai exhibit." Both, I believe, are at the Arboretum.

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Reviewed August 4, 2012

The gardens were absolutely beautiful to walk through. We saw a wonderful exhibit of bonsai gardens.

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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I loved the "Quilt Garden" and the Bonsai exhibit. Such a beautiful location and a great place to learn about native plants and the view is awesome. We also enjoyed the exhibit on the Cherokee Indians during our visit which was an unexpected treasure. And then to see handcrafted media by a group of crafters who were sharing about quilting and weaving was a bonus.

1  Thank ChurchKat
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

One day we hiked in the Arboretum, the following day we went to the Botanical Gardens, We love being in nature. The Botanical Gardens is on a much smaller scale but still veyr enjoyable.

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