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Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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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  • I enjoyed ambling around this beautiful garden. It is definitely not a must-see site but it is very pleasant if you are looking for a walk in the park. 
  • This is a great spot to bring the kids. Easy to walk around for a long time. Also really good for family pictures. 
  • Duke gardens is a great place for a walk with a friend, taking photos of gorgeous flowers, have a picnic or just hang out! 
  • This is a beautifully maintained oasis in the middle of a growing city. Kid and pet friendly(please pick up after them) with a native plant section and lots of water and places to sit or have a picnic. A beautiful place for a wedding reception, wedding photos, education and light exercise(not really jog friendly.) There are many knowledgeable gardeners and volunteers, with lots of resources and labeling for the plants. Plus the duck pond has been a favorite destination since I was small(although feed them duck food, not bread!) Parking isn't free, but not heavily enforced.
  • Beautiful, full of Pikachus and pokestops. Haha but seriously, very varied sub-gardens dedicated to mosses, flowers, local species, etc. Rather short walks, but if you check everything out you can get some exercise. I always feel like there is a new garden to see when I go here. They seem to be building yet another gazebo by a grassy meadow. It looks like it'll be beautiful. Great benches and sights everywhere. There is a grass field, but it is rather small and uneven. Better suited to picnics than sports.
  • Beautiful gardens with wooded trails. Many trails well-shaded, a valuable thing in NC in the summer. Many benches and such around the gardens for those who want to sit for a bit. Though less shaded, I also love the small pond with a variety of flowering water plants (lily, lotus) and large koi.
  • The gardens here are stunning yet understated; you won't find any topiaries here. It only takes about two hours to walk the entire garden, and its relatively small size means you are never far from your car. The best part? You only pay for parking. Well worth a visit, even if just for a thirty-minute stroll.
  • This is a beautiful property with parking lots that are well-planned. The gardens are awesome. Great place to stroll, and very romantic. I was there on Memorial Day holiday 2016, and unfortunately the main building and gift shop were closed. I would go back again. Lovely place.
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