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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
  • Concessions/Vending:
  • 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
Property Details & Services
  • 100% Smoke Free:
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together 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. Adult chaperone r…


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Gardening Open Hours

Explore the hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will …


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Aquatic Investigation Workshop

Discover the overflowing biodiversity of ponds and streams! Explore different aspects of freshwater habitats, from water quality to ecosystem interactions. Learn how to identify aquatic organisms of …


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Nature for Sprouts (ages 3-5)

Grow and learn together in Duke Gardens. Tend to your own garden bed and discover how a garden grows with hands-on gardening, stories, songs, movement and observations. Sign up for one or more …


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The WOW Factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden— Connecting Indoor and Outdoor

The best gardens feel effortless and exciting. They have a “wow” impact that you want in your own garden. Instructor Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and Duke Gardens horticulture …


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Duke Gardens Fall Plant Sale

Discover an array of plants ideal for this region — including Duke Gardens plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and decorative plant pots — and receive expert advice from horticulturists …


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Naturalist Classes: Smell & Taste (ages 5-7)

Savor the tastes and smells of Duke Gardens. Sample herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown here and connect them to food systems. Discover how other living things use smell and taste to communicate, …


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Naturalist Classes: Smell & Taste (ages 8-10)

Savor the tastes and smells of Duke Gardens. Sample herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown here and connect them to food systems. Discover how other living things use smell and taste to communicate, …


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Classroom Open Hours

Welcome to an open-ended exploration in the learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Meet at the Blomquist …


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Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Painting (Ages 9-12)

Capture the sensations of the season with en plein air painting. Make use of paint’s vibrant and various colors to recreate what you see before you. Use your color recordings to illustrate and …


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The Garden Chef: Fall Soups and Salads

Make the most of your garden harvest with the fresh recipes and ideas you will learn in this class taught by cooking instructor Cheri Janning. Recipes will feature edible flowers and garden produce. …


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Nature Journaling Begins

Scientists, poets, and gardeners throughout history have all kept personal records of their experiences in nature. But anyone can benefit from this practice to sharpen their observational skills, …


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Durham Garden Forum: Approaches to Planting Design

A landscape design will take shape before your eyes as Preston Montague, landscape architect and artist from Lift[ED] Landscapes, builds a landscape design in ‘real time.’ He will work …


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Mums the Word: Growing Show Chrysanthemums

Mums can be carefully cultivated to produces amazingly large blooms of a spectacular range of flower types and colors. Learn the secrets of display mums as Michelle Rawlins, Culberson Asiatic …


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Stone Paving

With good planning and execution dry-laid paving lasts for many years. Even if it needs occasional re-leveling you can use the same stones over and over. The trick is to spend most of your time on …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Meet at the Blomquist …


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Durham Garden Forum: Gardening with Hellebores

Hear from expert Richard Tyler, owner of Pine Knott Nursery, about how to successfully use hellebores in your garden, adding an array of beautiful colors, blooms times and deer resistance! Richard …


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Mallarmé Chamber Players Family Concert

Mallarmé performs a free, interactive chamber music concert that is 1-hour long and is fun and informative for people 5-years-old and older. Meet at the Doris Duke Center. Adult …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Meet at the Blomquist …


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Durham Garden Forum: Controlling Invasive Plants

What are the invasive plants that threaten North Carolina and how can we control these plants? Learn which plants to avoid and prevent problems before they begin. If the horse has already left the …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Meet at the Blomquist …


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Classroom Open Hours

Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff …


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Durham Garden Forum: Fruits and Veggies Varieties for 2019

Greet the new year with information about new and emerging crops for the home garden. Perhaps expand your garden to include wasabi or upland rice! Craig Mauney from Mountain Horticulture Crops …


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Mallarmé Chamber Players Family Concert

Mallarmé performs a free, interactive chamber music concert that is 1-hour long and is fun and informative for people 5-years-old and older. Meet at the Doris Duke Center. Adult …


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Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
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