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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. For parents and children together, ages 3-5. Adult …


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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. Instructor: Stefan Bloodworth, curator of the Blomquist G…


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Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It (K-2) Begins

Weekly day camps for children entering grades K-8. Explore the wonders of nature with your children. Campers may sign up for any or all weeks. Activities will be different every week.


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Music in the Gardens: Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman makes country music for the modern South. Raised in the traditional music hub of Galax, Virginia, where thousands of string-band enthusiasts have gathered every summer for nearly a …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Inventions from Nature (Grades 3-5) Begins

Weekly day camps for children entering grades K-8. Explore the wonders of nature with your children. Campers may sign up for any or all weeks. Activities will be different every week.


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Native Plants: Durham Garden Forum

An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Durham Garden Forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. This month, we'll consider the reasons …


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Music in the Gardens: Lydia Loveless

With a sound that Rolling Stone describes as “an aching, lusty set of twang and sneer wrapped in electric guitar swagger,” roots-rocker Lydia Loveless is as celebrated for her salacious, …


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Hydrangeas: Plants of Distinction

Beautiful plants that provide color, delight, fragrance, seasonality, and history – these are plants of distinction. Sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful …


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Nature Adventures Camp: Animals in the Garden (K-2) Begins

Thank you for your interest in Duke Gardens' Nature Adventures Camp, weekly day camps for children entering grades K-8. We look forward to exploring the wonders of nature with your children. Campers …


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The Garden Chef: Sauces, Salsas, and Vinaigrettes

Make the most of your garden harvest with the fresh recipes and ideas you will learn in this class. Recipes will feature edible flowers and herbal pestos. The dishes will help you learn new …


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Music in the Gardens: The Sadies

Without doubt or qualification, The Sadies are one of this continent’s greatest extant rock ’n’ roll bands — just as they have been for the last quarter-century. Versatile a…


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Bonsai Expo

Enjoy an amazing array of carefully pruned bonsai plants in this two-day expo, presented by the Triangle Bonsai Society and Duke Gardens. The expo will feature more than 40 bonsai created in m…


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Music in the Gardens: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba ecstatically explore the spiritual songs, stories, and rhythms of Senegal’s millenia-old Mandé culture. Indeed, Cissokho comes from a long line of p…


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Music in the Gardens: Anna & Elizabeth

Anna & Elizabeth have transformed a shared passion for Appalachian folk songs and archival research into an evocative take on bluegrass. Picking up where Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard left o…


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Gardener's Fair: Durham Garden Forum

An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Durham Garden Forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. This month's Gardeners’ Fair will …


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Music in the Gardens: Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras is the sort of band the United States needs right now. In 2005, a group of East Los Angeles students became fast friends and bandmates while studying son jarocho, an infectious Mexican …


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