Growth of Accolades for the Amazingly Delightful Duke Gardens

(Image of The Terrace Gardens at The Sarah P. Duke Gardens Courtesy: Greenpal)

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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