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“Good place for a break”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #44 of 213 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 September 29, 2017 via mobile

We took a break from the bustle of Asheville here, and it was relaxing and had varied plants, streams, historic cabins, and found out it is itself a historic site of note in US history. Also has a gift shop.

Thank sundiskred
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

You will enjoy taking a nice stroll out to the Botanical Gardens - there you can identify trees and plants indigenous to the area - they accept donations and have a very nice little gift shop where I found some great books to bring back as gifts.

Thank Sheryl G
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Reviewed September 19, 2017

The gardens are in bloom with different varieties based upon time of the year. This trip there where still in bloom and beautiful several varieties going into early fall from late summer. Roses are still in their glory. Best time would be mid to late June. the roses.

Thank JPutnam1
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

One of my pet peeves is when a place is not open when they are supposed to be. The gardens were open but the visitors center/gift shop, even though the sign on the door said they would open in 5 minutes, was locked up tight. They were still locked up after the 2 hours we spent walking around the gardens. Would have rated the place much higher if it wasn't for this.

Now to the gardens. It's made up of 10 acres but didn't have much blooming in March when we were there (didn't really expect things to be blooming). It had rained a lot the day before so the green areas were really soggy but the walkways through the woods were in very good shape. Some sections of the walkway are lined with beautiful stone walls. I was looking forward to seeing the dog-trot Hayes cabin but it was also locked up tight (probably because no one ever opened the visitors center).

The creek is lovely with trails and steps leading down to it. You can walk on the large flat rocks and if the weather is warn enough you can easily wade in the water. When we were there we watched a little boy having the time of his life pushing around some small cars on the tops of the flat rocks. You will also see some Civil War earthworks along the trails.

Thank cheryl h
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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Babbling brook, native plants, beautiful paths, great gift shop. Classes offered are inexpensive and enjoyable.

Thank Raina726
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