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“Not really a botanical garden, more like a wildflower woodsy garden”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #41 of 217 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 5, 2010

I was disappointed in this garden. I love botanical gardens and have visited numerous ones all over the US. This is a wildflower garden through the woods. This is not culivated flowerbeds with annuals like some many botanical gardens are. Don't get me wrong, this was a nice place to visit, but the name gives the wrong impression. If you want a nice, quiet walk through a wooded area with lots of wildflowers, then this is for you.

Thank nursesar
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"quiet walk"
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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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Reviewed May 18, 2010

I really appreciated how they’d labeled all the main plants and trees along the trail. Not being from the area it was a great way to quickly become familiar with the local trees, shrubs and plants. Seeing a native lady slipper orchid growing wild was really amazing. The dragon rock was also really cool. Well worth the short trip to walk the quiet paths of this lovely botanical garden though I’d say it was more like an arboretum than a man-made display garden.

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