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Coker Arboretum, Chapel Hill

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Coker Arboretum is an arboretum within the North Carolina Botanical Garden on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is open daily without charge.The arboretum was established in 1903 by Dr. William Chambers Coker, the university's first professor of botany, who loved East Asian species and added many throughout the 1920s into the 1940s, including conifers and one Metasequoia, as well as daffodils and daylilies. Two prominent features are a native vine arbor and an adjacent stone circle.
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  • please make time for this lovely spot when visiting Chapel Hill. It is truly a breath of fresh air. Small but well maintained and very pretty. Parking is an issue, so do your research first. We were l...  more »
  • A beautiful place to walk and appreciate quiet- free and easy to get around. Great to sit and watch the clouds go by.  more »
  • Coker Arboretum is a small quiet arboretum that started out in 1903 as an outdoor classroom for the study of trees. It's next to the Morehead Planetarium. They have sandy, brick and dirt paths winding...  more »
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  • Amazing historic collection of plants! Its relaxing just being there.
  • Small but nicely maintained gardens. Lots of cute little spots to take photos.
  • Love walking through this park! Beautiful vine covered walkway.
  • If you want manicured lawns and meticulously pruned shrubs, this is not the place for you; but if you enjoy and want to learn about the native landscape of the area then you will love this fantastic place! With plantings that represent the diversity of the native North Carolina landscape and its various habitats, there is much to enjoy and explore here. Beautiful, peaceful, natural and (gasp) educational!
  • Visited in the middle of the summer and it was a nice little retreat. There were a few cacti around the perimeter which was a nice addition. There's also a big open space in the center for relaxing, reading, maybe even having a picnic. Not very large arboretum in general though and very few blooms