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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
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 for Sprouts

Discover Duke Gardens with your child. Classes combine stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects to explore the Gardens with changing weekly themes. Topics will include …


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Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in Duke Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Nature …


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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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Gardening Open Hours

Lean in the hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, p…


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Naturalist Classes: Cycles (ages 5-6, chaperone)

Look around. Observe Earth’s systems in motion around the garden. Learn about the cycles that all life on Earth depends on, including water, nitrogen, and carbon. Join other homeschool …


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Naturalist Classes: Cycles (ages 7-9)

Look around. Observe Earth’s systems in motion around the garden. Learn about the cycles that all life on Earth depends on, including water, nitrogen, and carbon. Join other homeschool …


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Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well

Healthy plants have a better chance of thriving in your garden. This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants. Master Gardener volunteer Chris Apple will …


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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’ …


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Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk

Take a walk in the forest and join Shinrin Yoku, a growing tradition 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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Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Texture (ages 9-12)

Feel out the multitude of textures in the garden. Learn how artists and horticulturists think about texture and use it in their creations. Experiment with texture in your own two-dimensional …


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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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Gardening 101

Learn how to open and prepare a bed for planting, select plants, plant them and use basic soil improvement strategies. Horticulture instructor Lauri Lawson will guide the class in the Charlotte B…


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Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Moon-Viewing Tea

Enjoy a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the …


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Fall Harvest Workshop

Autumn’s abundance arrives with piles of fruit and vegetables. Get hands-on gardening experience when you help us bring in some of the harvest from the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Kids …


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Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk

Take a walk in the forest and join Shinrin Yoku, a growing tradition 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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Papermaking with Plant Fibers

In the past all paper was handmade, with lovely additions to suit the paper maker or user. Papermaker and sculptor Gibby Waitzkin will work with you to explore the art of papermaking, including …


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Naturalist Classes: Astronomy (ages 5-6 with chaperone)

Look up. Explore nature beyond our planet as kids learn about the sun, moon, stars, and more. Discover how things in space affect Earth. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small …


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Naturalist Classes: Astronomy (ages 7-9)

Look up. Explore nature beyond our planet as you learn about the sun, moon, stars, and more. Discover how things in space affect Earth. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small g…


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Durham Garden Forum: Stormwater Practices

North Carolina places a top priority on protecting and enhancing our abundant water supply. Mitch Woodward, Watersheds and Water Quality area specialized agent of Wake County Extension Center, w…


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Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall

Expand your palette of plants with Katie Rose Levin, arborist consultant and consulting director for Leaf & Limb. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable …


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Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Water (ages 9-12)

Explore how water is used in Duke Gardens and in art, from building waterfalls to sketching reflections to using water as our medium. Use art to hone your observation skills and express yourself. A…


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Plants of Distinction: Mum’s the Word - Growing Show Chrysanthemums

Horticulturist Michelle Rawlins, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens. Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections or sign up separately for …


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Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk

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A Festival of Fabulous Mums

Enjoy the explosion of color this fall during the Festival of Fabulous Mums at Duke Gardens. Show mums grown by members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society will create a dazzling floral …


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Naturalist Classes: Rocks (ages 5-6 with chaperone)

Look down. We’ll examine rocks closely to see what they can reveal about the past and observe ways humans use them today. Find fossils, compare textures and colors, build structures, and more. …


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Naturalist Classes: Rocks (ages 7-9)

Look down. Examine rocks closely to see what they can reveal about the past and observe ways humans use them today. Find fossils, compare textures and colors, build structures, and more. Join other …


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