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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • 420 Anderson St, Duke University West Campus
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • Primary: (919) 684-3698
  • Alternate: (919)
  • Fax: (919) 668-3610

Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the campus of Duke University and one of the premier university gardens in the country.

Dedicated in 1939, Duke Gardens is open 365 days a year, free to all, and it has earned top honors internationally. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, an Asiatic arboretum, a garden of native plants, a white garden, water features, and a SITES-certified organic food garden.

Duke Gardens also has a café, gift shop, and visitor center with an elegant rental hall. It offers classes, walking and trolley tours (reserved in advance), free drop-in programs for families, and other events for adults and children, as well as internships, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities.

General
  • Business Hours: Daily 8am-dusk
  • Concessions/Vending:
  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.00
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.1
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Group Tour Info
  • Avg. Tour Length: 2 hours
  • Comments Regarding Groups: Motorcoach parking in designated spots
  • Group Rates: See https://gardens.duke.edu/visit/tours
  • Scheduling Policy: Advance reservations advised.
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided & Guided
Property Details & Services
  • 100% Smoke Free:
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  • Year Built: 1939
Visual Arts
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Please meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. …


Walk on the Wild Side

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • (919) 668-1707

Walk on the Wild Side has been helping people discover native North Carolina for almost ten years. Using the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants as an outdoor lab, you will learn of amazing …


What's Growing in the Garden?

Join in at the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden to learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce, explore different ways to use herbs, hear stories, …


Nature for Sprouts

Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week they will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one or more …


Classroom Open Hours

Welcome, unschoolers and homeschoolers alike, to an open-ended exploration in the learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and …


Papermaking with Plant Fibers

At one time all paper was handmade, with lovely additions to suit the paper maker or user. Gibby will work with you to explore the art of papermaking, including screen pouring, pulling sheets, …


Plants of Distinction: Plants that Like Wet Feet

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four …


I Need a Plan: Garden Fundamentals - The Musical Garden

Plants are musical as well as beautiful! Make sound a goal in your planting plan and add the sense of sound into your garden experience. Think of plants as instruments with active plants whispering …


Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall

Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn …


The 12 Elements of Better Image Making: Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Subject Matter

Every successful photograph depends upon a range of strategies. Good photographers use these intuitively – great photographers use them intentionally! Each weekend session will focus on s…


Fall Harvest Workshop: The Garden

Autumn’s abundance arrives with piles of fruit and vegetables. Get hands-on gardening experience when you help bring in some of the harvest from the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. You will …


Durham Garden Forum: Wild and Native Edible Plants

The earth has fed people and other animals as long as we have existed. But most of us do not connect the ‘stuff’ that grows outdoors (beyond farms) with our dinner tables. Marc will take …


Pruning Young Trees for Structure and Health

The start of a tree’s life has a large impact on its long-term health and stability. Bryan will help you look at the architecture of a young tree from tip of branch to root collar. You will …


Cooking from the Garden: Late Autumn Salads

Learn fresh, new ideas for late season salads. In this class Katie will introduce you to five salad recipes. You will make the salads as a group and then enjoy tasting each type! Katie brings many …


Plants of Distinction: Mum's the Word - Growing Show Chrysanthemums

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four …


Trisha Brown Dance Company • 'In Plain Site' (at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Trisha Brown has serious avant-garde and postmodern dance bona fides: she was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater before striking off on her own in the late 1960s to become a …


Gardening 101

Learn how to open and prepare a bed for planting, basic soil improvement strategies, how to select plants, and planting skills. Class will work in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden to see theory …


Trisha Brown Dance Company • 'In Plain Site' (at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Trisha Brown has serious avant-garde and postmodern dance bona fides: she was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater before striking off on her own in the late 1960s to become a …


Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5)

Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5): School’s out, but camp’s going strong this fall, scheduled on teacher workdays! Join the stellar Nature Adventures team for a day of fun, …


Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5)

Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5): School’s out, but camp’s going strong this fall, scheduled on teacher workdays! Join our stellar Nature Adventures team for a day of fun, …


I Need a Plan: Garden Fundamentals - Easy Steps to a Resilient Garden

Plan next year’s garden to be more resilient and sustainable. Looking at the garden through nature’s lens you will assess your soil, water, drainage, land history and existing plants. …


Extension Gardener Series: Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening

Get up-to-date information about choosing a garden site, soil testing and amendments, planting guides, and all around care and feeding of a successful vegetable garden. Whether you are new to …


Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5)

Nature Adventures Camp for a Day (grades K-5): School’s out, but camp’s going strong this fall, scheduled on teacher workdays! Join our stellar Nature Adventures team for a day of fun, …


12 Elements of Better Image Making: Composition, Lines, Shapes, Framing Devices, Lighting and Style

Every successful photograph depends upon a range of strategies. Good photographers use these intuitively – great photographers use them intentionally! Each weekend session will focus on s…


Fall Harvest Workshop: The Forest

Explore the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants to find examples of food sources for people and animals. Then return to the classroom to make and enjoy some wild-harvested foods, including acorn …


Durham Garden Forum: Gardening Under Future Weather Conditions

Climate change predictions are now becoming possible at community, or local scales. But how do we address and adapt to these? Ryan Boyles will talk about the science behind climate change p…


Triangle Orchid Society Show

Enjoy amazing displays filled with orchids from all around the world! Enter to win raffle prizes, purchase plants from vendors, and learn more about orchids with workshops and speakers on orchid …


Fall Harvest Table Arrangement

Decorate your Thanksgiving tables with a beautiful fall harvest arrangement. Beth will demonstrate how to fashion a vase from pumpkins or other gourds and fill it with the colors of autumn in …


The 12 Elements of Better Image Making

Every successful photograph depends upon a range of strategies. Good photographers use these intuitively – great photographers use them intentionally! Each weekend session will focus on s…


Holiday Celebration

Make and take a variety of crafts from winter holidays around the world in our third annual celebration. Families learn about winter celebrations from different cultures and traditions from around …


The Art of Storytelling

Photographs communicate a variety of stories to the viewer. In this class you will learn to reflect upon what you are trying to convey in an image. What would make the story more evocative? How c…


Caring for Your Landscape

Suddenly the landscape is planted and you are faced with garden maintenance! In this class we will take you through the steps of establishing a new landscape, watering, plant staking and …


Basic Botany and Plant Growth Class Begins

How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more using a combination of …


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Durham, NC 27701 USA
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