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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
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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
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  • Miles To Convention Center: 2.00
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 16.1
  • Miles to VIC: 1.90
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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
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Walk on the Wild Side

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

Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel …


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Classroom Open Hours

Join an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in …


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Artists in the Gardens: Perspective

Art can communicate everything from how you are feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. In this workshop series, explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify …


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Fall Harvest Table Arrangement

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


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Classroom Open Hours

An open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in a …


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Growing Artists Exhibit

See and celebrate art created by children during Sarah P. Duke Gardens' fall homeschool workshops. Attend the opening reception from 12:30-2pm on Nov. 20, or drop in to see the exhibit any time …


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Holiday Greenery

Make your own fragrant holiday display and bring nature indoors. Plant records manager Beth Hall and horticulturist Michelle Rawlins will create several evergreen wreaths to demonstrate techniques …


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Plants of Distinction: The Winter Garden

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections in the Plants of Distinction series, or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Location: Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Participant …


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Crown Yourself: The Dolci Experience in Flowers and Art

Expand your understanding of 17th century Florence and the inspiration Florentines took from nature. The program begins at the Nasher Museum of Art with a curator-led tour of the exhilarating …


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Fourth Annual Winter Activity Fair

Learn how the seasons are celebrated around the world with crafts and activities from many cultures. Explore the reason for the seasons, discover why there are fewer hours of sunlight in the winter, …


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Durham Garden Forum: Growing Lavendar

Learn all about growing and using lavender. On their small Sunshine Lavender Farm, Annie Bagget and her family grow about a dozen varieties of lavender – pink, white and all shades of purple. …


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Durham Garden Forum: Honeybees and Native Bees

Bees are essential to our food supply and health, but they are profoundly threatened by environmental changes and disease. Matthew Yearout from the Durham County Beekeepers Association will d…


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Building Healthy Soil Class Begins

Soil is the basis of a healthy, vigorous garden. Blomquist Garden horticulturalist Annabel Renwick will introduce the latest research on how to build soil using nature’s own systems. Focusing …


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Shirin Yoku: A Meditative Walk

Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition called Shinrin Yoku that began in Japan. The idea is simple: If you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel …


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212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604