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“Nice walk.”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #41 of 215 things to do in Asheville
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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 October 9, 2012

Doing this in the fall was ok, but really would love to see it in the spring. Love the babbling brook. Nice setting next to UNC Ashville, which happens to have a beautiful campus.

Thank Dave C
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"quiet walk"
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"wild flowers"
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"university of north carolina"
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"unc campus"
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"creek running"
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"great place for a picnic"
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"peaceful place"
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"walking path"
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"close to downtown"
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"interesting displays"
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"the blue ridge parkway"
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

This place is a wonderful find that is mostly overlooked by most people. It has wonderful trails, a stream and grassy feilds. It is right next to UNCA and when you go there you see mostly students. The public for some reason does not go there. It is not large and not the best gardens I have seen but it is a place I go to often for quite walks.

Thank bobasheville
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

lovely setting, great paths to follow through very attractive grounds. excellant bonzi collection. beautiful modern buildings.

Thank mix9142
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

this little garden is on UNCA campus - a loop trail, with the western side following a stream. on low flow days you can go out on the large rocks in the stream and sit or do yoga. Good for all ages. A great place to take kids to play in the stream, or older adults can sit on benches and enjoy the scenery.

Thank melaniejaneb
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Lovely place to walk around and experience nature. There is a well-made bridge over the water, where you could just stand for awhile and daydream. There is a historic log cabin farther out on the grounds, and the small gift shop has some nice options.

Thank WNCWoman
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