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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
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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
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Duke Gardens 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 …


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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. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Dates offered: Thursdays from …


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Gardening Open Hours

Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, …


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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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Classroom Open Hours

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


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Cooking from the Garden: Cold Soups and Salads from the Summer Garden

Time to feast upon spring and summer vegetables! Join one class, or the entire series with instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company. Each class includes in-class tastings. …


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Landscape Plants for NC Gardens: Summer - Class Begins

Expand your palette of plants with information from this class with instructor Jan Little, Duke Gardens director of education and public programs. Each season this class covers another group of …


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Music in the Gardens: Flock of Dimes

Jenn Wasner emerged a decade ago as the sharp guitarist and soft singer of Baltimore duo Wye Oak, whose intricate pop often felt like a blissful fever dream. In the years since, Wasner has …


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Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk

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


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Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It

Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day will include hands-on work time and play time in the garden. For rising kindergarteners through …


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Music in the Gardens: Robert Finley

Robert Finley is a legend waiting to be shared. At the age of eleven, in Louisiana, he used his shoe-buying allowance to snag his first guitar, and it, in turn, ensnared him in a lifelong love …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Art and Science

How are artists and scientists similar? The group will observe nature closely, record observations in words and pictures, and experience beauty in the place where art and science meet. Have fun with …


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Durham Garden Forum: Sustainable Turf Strategies

Turf functions in many ways in our home landscapes, preserving open space, providing pathways and creating a frame that many people enjoy. Sustainable turf strategies begin with selecting the best …


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Music in the Gardens: Robbie Fulks

Even the stylistically broad label “alt-country” has been too slim to contain Robbie Fulks, “a wordier, more musically elastic, American Nick Lowe,” according to The New York …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Eco Artists Begins

Everyone is an artist! Play with color, shape, line and form. Find beauty exploring nature and use natural materials to make our own unique artworks. For rising kindergarteners through 2nd graders. …


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Music in the Gardens: Loamlands

Loamlands’ leader Kym Register runs The Pinhook, the spiritual center of Durham’s music scene. A Durham native, Register’s songs with Loamlands reflect a life spent loving the city …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Plant Products Workshop Begins

Humans depend on plants for so many things. Learn to make first-aid supplies, natural self-care products, edible delights and useful tools using parts of plants in this 3-day workshop. For rising 9…


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Music in the Gardens: Birds of Chicago

You’ve been warned: Birds of Chicago have been known to inspire romantic jealousy. Nearly two decades ago, JT Nero and Allison Russell began building parallel relationships — as musical …


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Bonsai Expo

Enjoy the first Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens. The Triangle Bonsai Society will display an amazing array of these carefully pruned plants. This 2-day exhibit will include more than 40 bonsai created i…


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Nature Adventures Camp: Animals in the Gardens Begins

Birds, bugs, ducks and fish—oh my! Prowl the Gardens looking for a variety of animals in our flowers, fields, ponds and streams. For rising kindergarteners through 2nd graders. Dates: July …


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Music in the Gardens: Kelsey Waldon

Kelsey Waldon sings it like she means it. The western Kentucky native doles out tough realizations about heartbreak and cheating, hard luck and lying (and battling back against it all) in a …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Inventions from Nature Begins

From high tech fabrics to airplanes and zippers, humans have borrowed clever ideas from nature to solve problems. Find examples of inventions from nature from plants and animals in the Gardens, then …


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Music in the Gardens: River Whyless

Asheville’s River Whyless has emerged from the mountain city’s bustling scene as one of the state’s most instantly likable bands. Inheriting a sense of rhythmic wonder from Paul …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It

Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day will include hands-on work time and play time in the garden. For rising kindergarteners through …


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Durham Garden Forum: 2017 Gardeners' Fair- Ask the Experts

An annual fair featuring area experts and garden suppliers. An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and …


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Music in the Gardens: Caleb Caudle

Winston-Salem singer, songwriter, and bandleader Caleb Caudle spent years shaping and sharpening his approach to country music before arriving, last year, at a triumph called Carolina Ghost. These …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Art and Science

How are artists and scientists similar? Observe nature closely, record observations in words and pictures, and experience beauty in the place where art and science meet. Have fun with hands-on …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Artists in the Gardens Begins

Art can communicate everything from how you’re feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. Use the garden for inspiration and as a source of unusual materials a…


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