Durham, North Carolina
Called “the crown jewel of Duke University,” as well as listed among the top 10 public gardens in the country by TripAdvisor, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens is adjacent to Duke University Medical Center.
The Duke Gardens covers 55 acres, with five miles of allees and walks, and includes:
- The original Terraces and their immediate surroundings,
- Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, with more than 900 species of native Southern wildflowers,
- The 20-acre Culberson Asiatic Arboretum showcases plants of eastern Asia,
- The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, teaches visitors about sustainable landscaping, healthy eating and organic best- practices, with organic vegetable beds, an orchard, fruiting shrubs and vines, a chicken coop, a tobacco barn, and a rain garden.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. [ info ]
Photo: Bamboo and Japanese-style arched bridge in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Photo by Rick Fisher.