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“Small, but worth the trip!”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #38 of 192 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.
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Small, but worth the trip!”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

This isn't a huge place, but well worth the visit. The grounds are kept up nicely and it's a wonderful place to explore. The time of year will determine how much is in bloom, but it has a nice walking trail, creek, welcome center. If you're into bird watching, plants, or just being out in nature than this is a great spot for you. If I remember you can also carry in a picnic and enjoy your lunch here. The only downside it that no dogs are allowed, which is very understandable. there is a walking path just outside the grounds if you wanted to walk your dog. Great spot for tourist and locals.

Visited March 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Well-maintained and lovely garden!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

If your interests lean toward native wildflowers, a rustling creek, and a place to observe birds, you will definitely enjoy the Botanical Gardens of Asheville (close to UNC-A). The gardens are a place I enjoy visiting weekly, especially during the spring, as something new is always blooming. With the proper labeling of plants, the Gardens have proved to be most helpful to me in learning the identity of wildflowers. And the experience of walking through the Gardens is simply meditative and peaceful-- a nice place to sit with binoculars (for the birds) and a book. The one drawback, in my opinion, is that the property is close to a rather busy road, so the vehicular traffic is a bit distracting.

Visited March 2013
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Waynesville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very Beautiful”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

A great place to spend a few hours bathed in nature's beauty. A nice day for a family outing or stroll with friends.

Visited October 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Garden ideas”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

We have a very wooded yard and we try to make this trip every year or two to get new ideas for plants that will do well in our area. The time we spend is peaceful and we come away with ideas of how we want our yard to look.

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Suwanee, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful but more of a Nature Center”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Although it is a beautiful trail to jog or walk through, I would not consider this a botanical garden but more of a nature center. Plants and trees are labeled but that's about it! It was a bit rainy for our taste that day but it's still scenic with bridges and a river running through the park. I just think they labeled in incorrectly. I'd say 1 hour is fine to just walk a little bit of the trail but if you're up for more, then give yourself more time to explore the "botanical" aspect of this place. During the spring and summer, it should be a lovely walk for nature/flower lovers though. Plus, it's free!

Visited December 2012
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