Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

4.8
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 stopped for the afternoon at the Duke Gardens. It was a perfect place to rest and relax between a busy work schedule. I highly recommend the Asian section- it was awesome to see the bamboo forest.  more »
  • Beautiful gardens and visitors center and shop. Don’t miss the amazing discovery garden with its array of gorgeous looking vegetables, greens and herbs. But everywhere you turn you’ll be dazzled as yo...  more »
  • Beautiful and well maintained gardens. Lots of space to stroll, picnic, read or any other relaxing activities. All free other than parking. Nice little gift shop too. Highly recommend!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful gardens and perfectly taken care. We were there for my wife cancer treatment and the place is very relaxing and peaceful
  • Absolutely beautiful gardens. Not very stroller friendly. But otherwise very nice place.
  • 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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