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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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  • 100% Smoke Free:
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  • Year Built: 1939
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Fish Pool
100
Pergola
100
Overlook
50

Classroom Open Hours

Welcome to an open-ended exploration in our learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore our nature museum and teaching library. An on-site staff …


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Your Garden Design

Explore design approaches that are then customized for your site. The opening class meeting will be an overview of the design process and assignments for information that you need to collect. …


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Science of the Season: Exploring Winter

Explore the many ways plants, people and other animals live during winter at this afternoon of discovery, fun activities, and performances presented by Duke Gardens and other local groups. This …


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How to Grow and Re-pot your Orchid for Beginners

Learn from the dedicated orchid devotees of the Triangle Orchid Society. They will discuss the basics of growing orchids in the home environment. Basic care topics like lighting, watering, and …


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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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Building Healthy Soil

Soil is the basis of a healthy, vigorous garden. Annabel will introduce the latest research on how to build soil using nature’s own systems. Focusing on garden applications, Annabel will take …


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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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Extension Gardener Series: Buy Healthy Plants & 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. Chris Apple, Durham County Extension m…


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Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Winter

Expand your palette of plants with Jan Little, Duke Gardens director of education and public programs. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North …


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Build a Stone Wall

Retaining walls combine artistry, science, function and beauty. Learn from master stonemason Brooks Burleson how to build a dry-stack wall. Brooks will cover design, stone selection, confirming …


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Durham Garden Forum: Edible Landscapes

Your landscape can be more than simply beautiful; it can also be a part of your dinner menu! Learn from Michael McConkey from Edible Landscapes, Inc. about the attributes and shortcomings of many …


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Mindfulness in the Gardens

Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens led by Betsy Dessauer from Mindful Anytime. The group will walk with intention, employing elements of mindfulness …


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Basic Botany and Plant Growth

How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more using a combination of …


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Mindfulness in the Gardens

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


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Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: First Voice of Spring

Join in for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering led by Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea …


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Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: First Voice of Spring

Join infor a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering led by Chizuko Sueyoshi with members of the Japanese Tea …


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Naturalist Classes: Digging in the Dirt (ages 5-7)

Where did all this dirt come from? Discover the ingredients that go into soil and how it supports all the life around us. Learn how composting works, hunt for decomposers around the garden and see …


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Naturalist Classes: Digging in the Dirt (ages 8-10)

Where did all this dirt come from? Discover the ingredients that go into soil and how it supports all the life around us. Learn how composting works, hunt for decomposers around the garden and see …


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Kitchen Botany: From Dinner Plate to Garden

Learn from Lindsey Luks, Duke Gardens horticulturist, how to grow plants from the vegetables and fruits we eat. Avocado, potato, pineapple and other plants are common in your kitchen. Enjoy them as …


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Plants of Distinction: An Evergreen Walk

Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality from Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens. Take all three sections or sign up separately for each session to …


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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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Bird-Friendly Gardening

Birds can bring color, life and song to your garden. Lauri will review plants that are favored by both local and migratory songbirds, as well as their other shelter needs. Then you will have the …


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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

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


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Straw Bale Gardening

With Georganne Sebastian and Darcey Martin. Growing a successful vegetable garden is challenging enough if you have terrific soil, but with poor soil it can be virtually impossible. Straw bale …


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Vintage Botanical Collage

Learn to create hand-made botanical collages. Anna Corba, artist, teacher and author, will introduce you to the technique and materials to create amazing botanical collage, on a wood base, finished …


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Naturalist Class: Botany Basics

Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Scientists sort plants into groups based on observations of their …


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Plant Propagation: Starting Plants from Seed

How do you collect, save and then start plants from seed? Learn from curator Annabel Renwick all the techniques to work with plant seeds. Location: Greenhouse classroom Participant limit: 15


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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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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 required.


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Art and Nature: Artwork inspired by Duke Gardens

Enjoy an artist’s perspective of the Gardens. This exhibit celebrates the beauty and diversity of all of Duke Gardens. Two- and three-dimensional work by local artists demonstrates how the …


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Artists in the Gardens Workshop: Sculpture

Expand beyond two dimensions. Learn about the ways sculptures can be made using natural materials, from clay to sticks to metal. Explore how sculptures can become a part of garden ecosystems and …


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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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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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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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