Growth of Accolades for the Amazingly Delightful Duke Gardens

Delightful Duke Gardens tulips in bloom

The Greenpal Website recently featured an article titled, “The 35 Most Pristine College Campuses in America” and did you know that the #1 spot went to none other than Durham’s Duke University? After looking through thousands of college campuses, bragging rights goes to the 8,500-acre Duke University campus.

Greenpal stated that the reason Duke topped the list was (in addition to its outstanding architecture), the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens which features four magnificent horticulturally-distinct and delightful Duke gardens each with their own unique areas:

  • The Blomquist Garden of Native Plants is a 6.5 acre garden with other 900 species of native  NC plants 
    • Bird Viewing Shelter
      Blomquist Gatehouse
      Blomquist Pavilion
      Carnivorous Plant Bog
      Edwin F. Steffek Jr. Bridge & Fern Grotto
      McNabb Family Bridge & Stream
      Piedmont Prairie and Classroom
      Steve Church Endangered Species Garden
      36th Parallel Latitude Marker
      Wildlife Garden
  • The Culberson Asiatic Arboretum is a highly refined garden of flowering plants from Southeast Asia and pond featuring a variety of waterfowl as well as Asian garden accents like stepping stones paths and arched bridges
    • Arboretum Entrance
      Arched Bridge
      Chinese Garden (future)
      Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Japanese Pavilion & Garden
      Pine Clouds Mountain Stream (Sho Un Kei)
      Garden for Peace
      Moss Garden
      Waterfowl Observation Area
      Zig-zag Bridge
  • The Doris Duke Center Gardens feature a relaxing, beautiful garden of white flowers, a peaceful water lily pond as well as a woodland garden with recirculating stream and a sustainable, organic food garden 
    • Angle Amphitheater & Virtue Peace Pond
      Beverly and Bert Welch Woodland Garden Overlook & Stream
      Burpee Learning Center
      Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
      Doris Duke Center / Terrace Gift Shop
      Page-Rollins White Garden / Gothic Pavilion
      Spring Woodland Garden
  • The Historic gardens offer iconic views of Italianete terraces, the century-old Roney Fountain, acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty’s “Big Easy” sculpture, a fish pool, and pergola
    • Azalea Court
      Bartter Family Terrace House / Café (seasonal)
      Dawn Redwood
      Fisher Amphitheater
      Frances P. Rollins Overlook
      Hanes Iris Garden
      Historic Terraces & Fish Pool
      Iris Bridge
      Leubuscher Rock Garden
      Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden / Roney Fountain
      Memorial Garden
      President’s Bridge
      Spengler Camellia Garden
      Sundial & Butterfly Garden
      Walker Dillard Kirby Perennial Allée

Other Recent Accolades for The Sarah P. Duke Gardens:

  • “Trips to Discover” named The Sarah P. Duke Gardens one of the five beautiful North Carolina gardens you must visit in the Spring
  • Consistently ranked as Durham’s #1 Attraction on TripAdvisor
  • Featured in the “Spring in the South” edition of the Southern Lady Classics magazine
  • #4 in a USA Today Poll of the Top 10 North Carolina Attractions

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is less than 2 miles away from The Sarah P. Duke Gardens. It usually takes less than seven minutes to drive there. It is hands-down one of the prettiest gardens in the state of North Carolina!


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