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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.

  • 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
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Family Garden Walks

Bring the whole family to explore the garden every first Saturday from February to June! Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different …

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Walk on the Wild Side

Explore wild North Carolina with Annabel Renwick, Blomquist Garden horticulturist, in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. …

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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 children with accompanying adult together; r…

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Music in the Gardens: H.C. McEntire

Whether carving out a progressive folk niche in the rootsy trio Mount Moriah or moonlighting in indie rock darling Angel Olsen’s touring band, H.C. McEntire stands out as one of …

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Music in the Gardens: Joan Shelley with Nathan Salsburg

First cultivating a national profile with 2014's exemplary Electric Ursa, Joan Shelley continues to lure listeners into her musical world. Imbued with secrets and tells, the Kentucky singer's …

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Plants of Distinction: Hydrangea Walk

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all three sections or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants. …

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Music in the Gardens: Bedouine

Drawing on as well as contributing to a rich folk music tradition, Azniv Korkejian brings a diasporic knowingness to the rich and rewarding songs recorded under her Bedouine moniker. Though born in …

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Music in the Gardens: Jake Xerxes Fussell & Band

The son of a prominent folklorist, Jake Xerxes Fussell learned the music of his home region firsthand at his father's side, building up a vast knowledge base about the sounds native to the …

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Flowers After Hours Tour & Workshop

Enjoy the flowers of the day at Duke Gardens on a 45-minute docent-led tour. End the tour at our workshop location with herbalist Hannah Popish. Hannah will work with the group to explore herbs, …

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Music in the Gardens: Cedric Burnside

Part of an outstanding multi-generational musical birthright that includes his father Calvin Jackson and genre-pioneering grandfather R. L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside literally grew up in the blues. …

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