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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  • I enjoyed an unplanned stop. Small but nice. More of a wooded ramble than a garden. There were summer flowers and lovely quiet areas to stop and relax. Loved the cabin setting and path that led to it....  more »
  • It's a nice little walk, but there's really not much cultivated to see. We wound up walking the campus instead.  more »
  • If you, like me, were looking for manicured gardens, landscape design, architectural accents, as I have seen in at least 3 other Botanical Gardens around the country--this is not that. If you are look...  more »
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  • I love this cute little native garden on the UNCA campus. Hundreds of different plants to check out in a natural woodland setting complete with a beautiful stream and everything from trilliums to azaleas. A nice place to stop if you are going to the UNCA farmers market. They also have two plant sales a year, a bunch of different classes, and a gift shop. This garden is free and mostly run by volunteers who are passionate about native plants.
  • Beautiful place. Nice trails. Historically rich.
  • If you are with someone special and want to walk through beautiful scenic paths. This is the place, bring someone special and have a great stroll. Bring your own Lattes!
  • What a great off the beaten path little place. Bring your book and enjoy it down by the stream.
  • I have not only attended this school, walked the gardens, worked on plant relocation and identification but my wife and I were married here 06/09/2012. This is a beautiful garden and great representation of the local NC flora. Also, there is a giant sycamore tree that seed flew to the moon on Apollo 14.

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