Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

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A living memorial, Sarah P. Duke Gardens showcases a collection of landscaped gardens. Over 100 flowerbeds with more than 40,000 irises blossomed in the gardens in 1935. These original gardens were washed away in 1936, but Ellen Biddle Shipman redesigned them into an area called the Terraces. The terraced greenery includes a variety of species that release heady scents into Duke University's campus air. This blossoming memorial is open to the public with 8 km (5 mi) of walkways that wrap around different plant life. Put Sarah P. Duke Gardens into our Durham tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I visited the Duke Gardens a while back with some friends. Great time, beautiful landscaping and was able to chat on benches and get some great exercise! Definitely would return!  more »
  • If you are visiting Durham in the Spring, Summer, or Fall, be sure to check out the Sarah Duke P. Gardens. From Roses to the Tea Gardens, enjoy a beautiful walk through a variety of local and foreign ...  more »
  • The Duke Gardens are a highlight of Durham. Beautiful any time of year, its well-traveled by locals and visitors for its lovely landscapes, easy trails, and occasional concerts. Kids love to run the o...  more »
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  • Who would believe you would find such a beautiful spot in Durham. The gardens are breathtaking and is a great place to take pictures. If you are taking pictures for brides or profit the do charge $100 to use their facility. There are ponds with small waterfalls and trails with wooden bridges that are spectacular for taking photography. Parking is easy and the gardens are worth the visit.
  • Love coming here to kill time and enjoy new parts of it that I haven't seen before. There is so much to explore and you can spend as much time in any part that you would like to. It's a great place to relax, well taken care of, and put your mind at ease. Lovely way to spend a beautiful day!
  • The Best place to think! You will see a Japanese garden with a huge pond, walking bridge, and ducks. They have a natural habit garden that is shaded with plenty of walking paths. The huge gazebo over looks a beautiful koi fish pond with lily pads. They have a gift shop but the parking is not free. Dogs are not allowed from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • One of the defining experiences of visiting Duke. They have a wide variety of foliage on an expansive 55 acres of property. Excellent location for a picnic or a long scenic walk.
  • Duke Gardens is FREE - every day. August or September are great times to visit the gardens. The summer plants are fully grown & with the heat + humidity at peak beauty & size. There are many wonderful areas great for children: The Discovery Garden, the fish pond at the bottom of The Terraces, feeding the many ducks at the lake ( get the $1 bag of duck food at the gift shop after you park ). You should allow 1.5 to 2 hours just to see half of the many sections of these gardens. Then you can plan a date to see the other half. Cheers !

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