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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  • We were looking for something to do/see that would get us some exercise too. Great place for both. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves.  more »
  • One of the best places in Durham to spend time outside. I’ve gone to Duke Gardens for great pictures, studying, or simply enjoying nature. Strongly recommend for a nice, casual date!  more »
  • This place is seriously gorgeous. I decided to check the gardens out the day Durham was hit with 8 inches of snow. So worth it.  more »
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  • Today was so beautiful we decided to make a needed visit to Duke Gardens. This 55-acre public garden is a must see if you are in the Triangle, NC area. Located on the campus of Duke University, you could spend an entire afternoon browsing the various themed gardens. Everything there is beautiful! It's also a fun place to interact and greet new people. They have ample parking, a visitor's center, multiple restrooms, water drinking fountains, and snack machines. I always leave the gardens feeling refreshed and happy. #localguide
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens are always a lovely visit. Even when the parking lot seems crazy, there are some great hidden corners that you can have all to yourself. They continue to expand the gardens and recently they have added more walks and a waterfall area in the Asiatic garden. The main formal garden is also frightful and filled with the seasonal flowers that make these type of gardens beautiful. The native garden area is also beautiful especially in winter when the camellia are blooming. There is also plenty of lawn to sit on for picnics, playing frisbee, etc. My only real complaint is that the parking meters take users too long as there are no signs posted indicating that you need your tag info in order to pay. A mobile app driven meter would work much more efficiently.
  • This is the most beautiful garden all year. It reflects summer, winter, spring and fall flowers and landscape. A wonderful place to take pictures and to have a wedding.
  • 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!
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