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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
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Caring for Your Landscape

Suddenly the landscape is planted and you are faced with garden maintenance! In this class we will take you through the steps of establishing a new landscape, watering, plant staking and …


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Basic Botany and Plant Growth Class Begins

How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more using a combination of …


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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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Extension Gardener Series: Carrying On - Garden Maintenance

Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. To garden is to weed: There is no other way around weeding, but there are tricks to the trade, and it is …


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Plants of Distinction: Barks, Buds, and Berries

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four …


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Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well

Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. Healthy plants stand a better chance of thriving in your garden. This presentation will review what you …


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The Wow Factor: Design Elements in the Winter Garden - Winter Plant Bark

The best gardens feel somehow effortless and exciting. They have a “wow” impact that you want to understand and use. Instructor Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and Duke Gardens’ …


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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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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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A Rose by Any Other Name

What's in a name? When it comes to plants, the name may give you quite a bit of information about its growth patterns, region, history or culture. Paul Jones, curator of the Culberson Asiatic …


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Nature for Sprouts

Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week there will be stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one more …


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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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I Need a Plan: The Fundamental Steps to Create a Garden Class Begins

Successful planting plans can be created using classical principles of design, such as composition and color theory, as well as design strategies for developing seasonal performance. Join artist and …


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The Wow Factor: Design Elements in the Winter Garden - Winter Beauty

The best gardens feel somehow effortless and exciting. They have a WOW impact that you want to understand and use. Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and Duke Gardens’ horticulture director, …


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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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Plants of Distinction: Architectural Trees

The beautiful transition of trees from winter to spring gives us the opportunity to enjoy their architecture, spring buds and emerging flowers and leaves. Join Jason Holmes, curator for Doris Duke …


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Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea

Enjoy a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition …


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Tradition Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea

Enjoy a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition …


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Wild Weather (for ages 7-9)

From fierce snowstorms to peaceful summer days, the weather is always changing. Learn how scientists study weather and try out some of the instruments they use. Explore how the weather affects p…


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Wild Weather (Ages 5-6)

From fierce snowstorms to peaceful summer days, the weather is always changing. Learn how scientists study weather and try out some of the instruments they use. Explore how the weather affects p…


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Nature for Sprouts

Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week they will have stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects that explore the Gardens. Sign up for one or more …


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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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I Need a Plan: The Fundamental Steps to Create a garden - Design Principles in the Mixed Border

Successful planting plans can be created using classical principles of design, such as composition and color theory, as well as design strategies for developing seasonal performance. Join artist 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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Plants of Distinction: The Spring Awakening

Learn about the workings of spring with Stefan Bloodworth, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, who will discuss the intricate biochemical cues that lead to emerging buds, flowers and …


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The Life Beneath Our Feet

Course meets for 2 sessions. Duke Gardens soil is not dirt. But it does hold the digestive system of the planet, transforming rock and organic material into rich, nutritious, wonderful earth. Take a …


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Art and Nature: Artwork Inspired by the Doris Duke Center Gardens

Enjoy an artist’s perspective in artwork that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the Angle Amphitheater and all the …


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Art and Nature: Artwork Inspired by the Doris Duke Center Gardens

Enjoy an artist’s perspective in artwork that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the Angle Amphitheater and all the …


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Terrace Cafe Grand Spring Re-Opening

The Cafe will be serving Joe Van Gogh coffee, and have locally made ice cream for the big and little kids too. Visit and rate them on Facebook to receive a FREE treat!


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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