Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Asheville

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville (BGA), also known as the Asheville Botanical Gardens, is an independent non-profit botanical garden located on 10 acres at 151 W. T. Weaver Boulevard in Asheville, North Carolina. Dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, the garden is open daily with free admission for all. Support for maintenance of the Gardens comes primarily from memberships, donations, and the work of volunteers.

The BGA was established in 1961 on eroded, abandoned timberland. Cleanup and trail-building took place from 1962-1963, and planting started in 1964 following an overall design by Doan Ogden, a nationally known landscape architect. At that time more than 5,000 plants were transplanted into the garden from private lands and national forests. Although the Gardens is located on land belonging to the adjacent University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Gardens operates independently and is overseen by a Board of Directors elected from and by the general membership of the Botanical Gardens.

Today the BGA includes more than 650 species of plants native to the southern Appalachian Mountains.

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  • The walk was enjoyable but even more so was the light filtering through the canopy to create an ethereal ambiance.  more »
  • Very nice botanical garden. Beautiful. Loved all the signage. Wish the bridge had been replaced so it could be a more complete path.  more »
  • A nice stop during our visit to Asheville. Peaceful trails and places to sit for a moment and take in some nature. The signs for the different trees and vegetation were confusing at times and made me wonder if they were correct. Other than that it was lovely!
  • So lovely to wander around. The creek is beautiful. I wish there was more information about the civil war wall that's in the trail. I know it's a place for plants but there seems to be an interesting cultural history too that could be detailed more. I can't wait to go back in the spring.

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