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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
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Sarah P. Duke Gardens Meeting Facility
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

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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Durham Garden Forum: New Plant Picks

With Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, Duke Gardens Jason is a walking encyclopedia and plant enthusiast. He always seems to have the latest information on new introductions …


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Discovery Drop-In

For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Explore the hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration …


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Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens

Christopher Woods, gardener, designer and author. “It’s amazing what you can do with a shovel,” says Peter Korn, garden genius in Sweden. Carrie Preston in the Netherlands speaks …


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Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult …


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Plant Propagation: Dividing or Layering a Plant

Join this class to see a variety of plants divided to form multiple plants and learn how to assess a plant for division or layering. Classes include time in the Gardens discussing and collecting to …


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Discovery Drop-In

For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up. Explore the hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration …


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I Need a Plan: A Colorful Mixed Border

With Lauri Lawson, horticulture instructor and designer. Successful planting design uses a combination of texture, seasonality, color and size in a planting of shrubs, perennials and groundcovers t…


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Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult …


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Spring Plant Sale

Spring brings out the gardener in all of us. The Spring Plant Sale provides a special opportunity to acquire unique plants grown here at Duke Gardens, as well as quality plants from local nurseries …


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Discovery Drop-In

For children with accompanying adult; ages 3 and up Explore the hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration …


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Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult …


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Walk on the Wild Side

Annabel Renwick, curator, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Duke Gardens Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of …


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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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Family Vegetable Gardening Workshop

For children of all ages with accompanying adult. From orange watermelons to purple tomatoes, learn how to grow old favorites or new varieties of summer fruits and veggies at home. Discover what …


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Discovery Drop-In

Explore the hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will …


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Spring Wildflower Walk

Take a colorful tour of the Blomquist Garden's native wildflowers with assistant curator Laura Daly.


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Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens

Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of plants that thrive in North Carolina gardens, plus a few to avoid. You will learn …


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Nature Storytime

Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Accompanying adult …


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Meet the Keepers: Gardening

Jason Holmes, curator; Lindsey Fleetwood, horticulturist; and Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens …


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Artists in the Gardens Workshop: Photography

Document details of the world around you using an artful eye and optical science. Play with the results of changing aperture, shutter speed and other camera settings as you practice using p…


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Discovery Drop-In

Explore our hands-on outdoor learning space in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden! Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. A staff member will …


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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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Meet the Gardens Keepers: Bees

Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens and incredible plants! Lindsey, the chicken keeper, Nick, the beekeeper, and Jason, curator of this …


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Mallarmé Chamber Players Family Concert: "The Drums of Africa"

Mallarmé performs a free, interactive music concert “The Drums of Africa” with Teli and Mabinti Shabu. Recommended for people 5-years-old and older. Adult chaperone required for …


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Naturalist Classes: What's A Weed (ages 5-7)

What makes a plant a weed? Discuss how the same plant can be considered a beloved feature in one place and a pesky weed in another. Learn how weeds can survive in surprising places and some i…


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Naturalist Classes: What's a Weed (ages 8-10)

What makes a plant a weed? Discuss how the same plant can be considered a beloved feature in one place and a pesky weed in another. Learn how weeds can survive in surprising places and some i…


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Meet the Gardens Keepers: Chickens

Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens and incredible plants! Lindsey, our chicken keeper, Nick, our beekeeper, and Jason, curator of this …


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Artists in the Gardens: Painting

Capture the sensations of the season with en plein air painting. Make use of paint’s vibrant and various colors to recreate what you see before you. Use your color recordings to illustrate and …


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The WOW Factor: Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden: Striking Plants in the Garden

Learn to create a dynamic, exciting garden - a garden with WOW! With Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and director of horticulture, Duke Gardens . All sessions from 1:30-3 pm. Location: meet at …


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Meet the Keepers: Gardening

Jason Holmes, curator; Lindsey Fleetwood, horticulturist; and Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens …


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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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Mindfulness In the Gardens

With Betsy Dessauer, Mindful Anytime. Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens. You will walk with intention, employing elements of mindfulness meditation and …


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Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering

Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham. Join in for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional …


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Naturalist Classes: Aquatic Investigation (ages 5-7)

Discover the overflowing biodiversity of ponds and streams! Explore different aspects of freshwater habitats, from water quality to ecosystem interactions. Learn how to identify aquatic organisms of …


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Meet the Gardens Keepers: Bees

Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens and incredible plants! Lindsey, our chicken keeper, Nick, our beekeeper, and Jason, curator of this …


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Artists in the Gardens: Drawing

Join the long tradition of nature journaling by creating drawings in Duke Gardens. Sketch the details of your plant and animal observations to record them for later use. Focus on shape, line, and …


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Meet the Gardens Keepers: Chickens

Plan your Gardens visit to include this special opportunity to meet the keepers of bees, chickens and incredible plants! Lindsey, our chicken keeper, Nick, our beekeeper, and Jason, curator of this …


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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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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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