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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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  • Nice to get lost in the many acres of land here. Walked around the gardens on a weekend and it wasn't too crowded. You could literally spend hours here. They have various themed gardens to walk throug...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to visit and take a walk through the immaculately manicured gardens. Superb Magnolias, easy walk to Duke University chapel  more »
  • I loved this place! It was absolutely perfect and beautiful! There are hundreds (if not thousands) of different types of flowers and there is always somewhere new to discover! It's huge! It's a must-s...  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.