Botanical Gardens At Asheville, Asheville
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The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, also known as the Asheville Botanical Gardens, are non-profit botanical gardens located at 151 W. T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville, North Carolina. The gardens are open daily with free admission, though donations are welcome.The gardens were established in 1961 on eroded, abandoned timberland. Cleanup and trail-building took place from 1962-1963, and planting started in 1964 following an overall design by Doan Ogden, a nationally-known landscape artist. At that time more than 5,000 plants were transplanted into the garden from private lands and national forests. Although the Gardens is located on land belonging to the adjacent University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Gardens operate independently and are overseen by a Board of Directors elected from and by the general membership of the Botanical Gardens.Today the gardens emphasize plants native to the southern Appalachian Mountains, representing approximately 700 species of native and exotic trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, herbs, grasses, sedges, aquatic plants, ferns, mosses, and lichens.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful... gentle hiking trails and photo opportunities! Pick up picnic items from Whole Foods Market and throw down some blankets and get ready to make some memories! 
  • We really enjoyed spending an afternoon here - especially the Bonsai garden. Good for all ages, although you need to watch the sun exposure. 
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens, amazing views. A must see place and highly recommended. Bring walking shoes, camera, video camera, binoculars, picnic basket and blanket. You are out for a treat. Great...  more »
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  • So beautiful! It only gets better each year. The creek area and log cabin are especially fun to explore.
  • I love going to this place. They have so many cool flowers and trees. I took my whole family and everyone enjoyed the walk and looking at cool flowers, trees and going in the river bed.
  • Nice place to take a walk and view the scenery. I like that a lot of the plants and trees were marked with what they actually were.
  • Excellent for a romantic walk, or a wade in the stream with the kids. Grab a blanket and a book on a Saturday afternoon.
  • This place is great for walking, a picnic, or just chilling out. A nice store offers unique garden type items for sale and is the location of public restrooms.... please consider making a donation when you enter to help them keep this great place beautiful and free..