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Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

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Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
A living memorial, Sarah P. Duke Gardens showcases a collection of landscaped gardens. Over 100 flowerbeds with more than 40,000 irises blossomed in the gardens in 1935. These original gardens were washed away in 1936, but Ellen Biddle Shipman redesigned them into an area called the Terraces. The terraced greenery includes a variety of species that release heady scents into Duke University's campus air. This blossoming memorial is open to the public with 8 km (5 mi) of walkways that wrap around different plant life. PutSarah P. Duke Gardens into our Durham tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The gardens “look” wonderful. But they are still closed, supposedly due to COVID19. These are outdoor GARDENS! I’ll gladly wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. Let the public in to enjoy the....  more »
  • Went there last Monday April 12, 2021 and they were closed due to Covid. I have never been there before.and was really looking forward to visiting while I was having eye surgery at Duke. I am a...  more »
  • Completely beautiful. You'll find flowers of every color, shape, and size, all arranged in a gorgeous, well-kept array. There are 4 themed gardens, each equally beautiful. There are ponds with fish and frogs, a small farm with chickens, fruits, and vegetables, a lake with ducks, a bird watching station, and much more. The gift shop is actually surprisingly tiny but has some cool items. There's a good amount of shade and benches to relax, and some paths that feel like little secrets. I wish there was more interactive activities for children, and more children-focused play areas in general, but the beauty and the price are hard to beat.
  • Really lovely place unlike anything in the region. Beautiful in every season. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to stroll the gardens and consider a side trek to the Duke University campus and chapel. Enjoy lunch in the food court or adjoining panda express, if you have the energy for the extra walking (hours vary with the school calendar, be advised) The gardeners gift shop (adjacent to parking) has something for everyone. Parking is $2/hour payable by cc.
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