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The 35 Most Pristine College Campuses in America

Published: 03/18
This impressive campus covers over 8,500 acres. Many of which are pristine North Carolina forests. Aside from the intensely unique and well renowned outstanding architecture, the reason Duke is on this list of pristine campuses is one of its lesser known secrets. Most people don't know this about Duke, but its campus includes a nationally acclaimed botanic garden. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens consist of a highly refined 55 acres.

Here's the deal, Sarah P. Duke Gardens are awesome and consist of 4 horticulturally distinct gardens. The Culberson Asiatic Arboretum is a highly refined garden where you can admire the pond and its alluring variety of waterfowl, or experience a traditional Japanese Tea gathering. The Doris Duke Center Gardens feature a white garden and water lily pond, a woodland garden with a recirculating stream, and a sustainable, organic food garden replete with chickens, bee houses and a tobacco barn. At the Blomquist Native Plant Garden of Native Plants Garden, you can learn about plant and wildlife species that thrive in this region, as well as imperiled ecosystems such as the Piedmont prairies. Finally, at the Historic Gardens, you can enjoy iconic views of Italianate terraces, sit at the edge of the century-old Roney Fountain and explore acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty's "Big Easy" sculpture. These are just a few reasons that Duke was included among the most pristine campuses in America.

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