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. For Sarah P. Duke Gardens and beyond, use our Durham itinerary builder to get the most from your Durham vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    My family (two toddlers) love running around the gardens. Be sure to stop at the ice cream but and find the big field (with a pond). Beautiful in any season and perfectly maintained. A Durham must see...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Very beautiful place, each plant is a plaque with the name, so there were no issues, "Oh what is this fascination)" I advise to visit for nature lovers)
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  • August 12, 2017
    A change in our travel plans brought us through Durham, NC. After reading sights to see on Trip Advisor, we decided to visit the chapel at Duke University. All I can say is WOW! A student offered to t...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful. Very calm and serene - I felt as if I stepped into a Jane Austen novel. It's a beautiful place for family, intrigued visitors, and lovers of nature.
  • May 27, 2017
    Wonderful gardens. It would be even better if there were more refreshment options and if they had a way for kids to cool down, like mist sprayers. But it's still beautiful.
  • June 24, 2017
    Beautiful gardens and perfectly taken care. We were there for my wife cancer treatment and the place is very relaxing and peaceful
  • June 29, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful gardens. Not very stroller friendly. But otherwise very nice place.
  • April 17, 2017
    The gardens are absolutely beautiful, it seems like they are always working to improve visitor experience. There are big grassy areas where people can relax, a few benches along the paths to sit, and seasonally there is a place to get snacks and drinks. I have not visited the gift shop, but there are indoor bathrooms in the main building. Pay to park! Accepts coins and cards. No further admission fee. You have to go down stairs to get to the main area, I don't think there is an accessible path.

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