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Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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. PutSarah 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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  • Lovely! We visited, completely by accident, on a game day so parking was a bit of an issue but the gardens are beautiful and serene and the staff were very kind and helpful.  more »
  • A variety of themed garden areas adds up to a beautiful whole. An astonishingly beautiful place for a walk.  more »
  • We went on a very hot day, but this garden is an oasis of calm and cool. Beautifully structured walkways and settings.  more »
  • Completely beautiful. You'll find flowers of every color, shape, and size, all arranged in a gorgeous, well-kept array. There are 4 themed gardens, each equally beautiful. There are ponds with fish and frogs, a small farm with chickens, fruits, and vegetables, a lake with ducks, a bird watching station, and much more. The gift shop is actually surprisingly tiny but has some cool items. There's a good amount of shade and benches to relax, and some paths that feel like little secrets. I wish there was more interactive activities for children, and more children-focused play areas in general, but the beauty and the price are hard to beat.
  • Really lovely place unlike anything in the region. Beautiful in every season. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to stroll the gardens and consider a side trek to the Duke University campus and chapel. Enjoy lunch in the food court or adjoining panda express, if you have the energy for the extra walking (hours vary with the school calendar, be advised) The gardeners gift shop (adjacent to parking) has something for everyone. Parking is $2/hour payable by cc.
  • An absolutely gorgeous and well maintained garden. The paths and different plant life were absolutely amazing. You can tell just how much effort and care go into maintaining this beautiful garden immediately after walking through the entrance. There's a small interactive area with edible fruits and vegetables as well as chickens, and the beautiful Duke Chapel is just a 5 minute walk away. Visiting this garden is a must for anyone in the Durham area.
  • What a beautiful place this was - The trails are well kept and informational signs keep you from getting a little lost. The flowers and plants have signage to educate yourself on each bit of life. Please be aware there is a fee for parking! Unfortunately I have to leave four stars: Multiple paths were closed off without warning and had to back track multiple times. Aside from that, it’s a wonderful morning/mid-day stroll before the North Carolina heat becomes too unbearable!
  • Breath Taking garden. Beautifully landscaped. The sort of views you can see. You can spend hours here and not see everything.the trails vary from smooth, grassy, gravel. It's so enjoyable to sit at all of the bench locations to enjoy the seating and the scenery and historical landmarks. Very well upkeep and lots of fun activities. Fowl feed available for purchase

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