Coker Arboretum (5.3 acres) is an arboretum within the North Carolina Botanical Garden on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The collection consists of a wide variety of plantings including flowering trees and shrubs as well as bulb and perennial displays. It is open daily without charge.Before you head to Chapel Hill, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Chapel Hill attractions site, to make sure you see all that Chapel Hill has to offer, including Coker Arboretum.
The arboretum was established in 1903 by Dr. William Chambers Coker, the University's first Professor of Botany and the first chair of the University Buildings and Grounds Committee. Coker loved East Asian species and added many throughout the 1920s into the 1940s, including conifers and one Metasequoia, as well as daffodils and daylilies. Two prominent features are a native vine arbor (300 feet long) and an adjacent stone circle.
Coker Arboretum reviews
It is an oasis on a busy campus. While small, it is full of native plants and paths to wander. There are also benches and lawn spaces to sit and enjoy. A lovely place all year due to all the... more »
Few people even know this clandestine peaceful piece of paradise exists, much less having been there. It's worth taking the time on a nice day to explore the many facets of this compact, yet complex.... more »
A quiet sanctuary on the UNC campus. Completely free to visit, though you will probably pay for metered parking ($1.25 per hour). Serene and green, there are paths in and around the trees and plants. Plenty of benches and seating if you want to relax and observe. Probably not very interesting to children, though. There is a planetarium in the science building directly adjacent to the arboretum. Kids will love that if it's open.
I was waiting for a friend and happened to stumble across this place. It was such a pleasant surprise. Everything was quiet, cute and colorful. Just a nice place to stroll around and take your mind off of things. If you are on campus or are close by, I would recommend stopping by and walking around!
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