Exploring Durham

Duke Gardens a sight for all
Jul. 13, 2013 @ 09:58 PM

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens comprise one of the premier public garden destinations in the United States, renowned for their landscape design and high quality horticulture. Each year, approximately 300,000 visitors come to Duke Gardens from all over the world.

Duke Gardens feature specialized areas with four distinct gardens, each with its own focus, on 55 acres in the heart of Duke University’s campus. There are five miles of pathways throughout, many shaded benches, lawns and spaces to enjoy nature.

The gardens were named among the “Top 10 public gardens in the U.S.” by tripadvisor.com, and one of the “South’s 10 Best Public Gardens” in Southern Living magazine.  They were also honored recently with the American Public Gardens Association’s 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence.

Duke Gardens also has a café, a gift shop and a visitor center with a rental hall for wedding receptions, meetings and other occasions.  Admission is free, and the gardens are open 365 days a year.

Insider Tip: The Gardens offers classes in gardening, photography and natural history, as well as tours, spring break and summer camps, school programs, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit www.gardens.duke.edu

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.