Duke University is one of Durham's most celebrated institutions, and locals love visiting the scenic, historical Duke campus throughout the year. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, located on Duke's western campus, is a great example of why the university is such an important part of the community. With more than 50 acres of gardens, along with a gift shop, cafe, and busy schedule of special events, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are a beautiful place to spend a day. Our real estate agents have all the details on one of Durham's most popular outdoor attractions.
Enjoy Spectacular Scenery and Beautiful Blooms at Durham's Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Location:Duke Western Campus, 420 Anderson St., Durham, NC 27708
Hours: 8 am to Dusk Year-Round
Tour Gorgeous Gardens Throughout the Year
Whether you're still shopping for Durham homes for sale or already have a place of your own in the city, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule. The gardens are broken down into four zones: the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Doris Duke Center Gardens, and the Terraces & Historic Gardens. Each zone features a spectacular collection of colorful plants, with unique blooms to enjoy throughout the year.
There is so much to see that it will likely take more than one visit to experience all that the gardens have to offer, and that's not a bad thing. Stopping by at different times of the year is the best way to experience the many seasonal plants at the gardens. Admission is free, so there's never a bad time to take in the stunning scenery of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Classes for Kids and Adults at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
As you might expect from one of Durham's most well-known educational institutions, there are also ample opportunities to learn when you visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Programs at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens include classes for kids and adults, gardening forums, teacher training, Japanese Tea gatherings, and a horticulture certificate program. There are also learning opportunities geared specifically toward families, as well as programs that make for the perfect field trip for young students.
Visit the Terrace Shop and Cafe
Exploring the gardens is an easy way to work up an appetite, and you won't have to travel far to enjoy a great meal. The Terrace Cafe, located in the Doris Duke Center, is the perfect place to stop for a light lunch with the gardens as your backdrop from March through November. You can also stop by the Terrace Shop to purchase a souvenir, chat with the staff, and even pick up some attractive plants for your garden at home.
Special Events at Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Keep an eye on the schedule of special events at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and enjoy fun, educational events geared toward every member of the family. There are live performances throughout the year, Nature Adventure Camps for the kids during the summer, and tons of opportunities to volunteer at the gardens. There are even trolley tours available, allowing you to take in the beauty of the gardens from the comfort of a trolley car during warm-weather months.
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