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Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham

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A living memorial, Sarah P. Duke Gardens showcases a collection of landscaped gardens. Over 100 flowerbeds with more than 40,000 irises blossomed in the gardens in 1935. These original gardens were washed away in 1936, but Ellen Biddle Shipman redesigned them into an area called the Terraces. The terraced greenery includes a variety of species that release heady scents into Duke University's campus air. This blossoming memorial is open to the public with 8 km (5 mi) of walkways that wrap around different plant life. PutSarah P. Duke Gardens into our Durham tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Good for a walk - for a relaxing nice walk. There are many plants and little set ups to see. Students go there many times to study on the grass. 
    Good for a walk - for a relaxing nice walk. There are many plants and little set ups to see. Students go there many times to study on the grass.  more »
  • While many of the spring tulips had already flowered, there were still some in bloom and many other flowers and plants to see. The gardens are worth the trip. I expect you will see a different look... 
    While many of the spring tulips had already flowered, there were still some in bloom and many other flowers and plants to see. The gardens are worth the trip. I expect you will see a different look...  more »
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  • This is my favorite place in Durham to come hang out, practice nature photography, and go for an easy walk! Most of the garden is stroller and wheelbarrow accessible - if you have a stroller with big wheels, you can also access some of the smaller paths that have two or three broad steps. The plantings in the formal garden change seasonally, and it's always lovely to see what new things are added to both the formal garden and the gardens as a whole. The new garden near the red bridge is really excellent, as is the valley garden near the parking lot. One of my favorite places is the Discovery Garden - it's a great sensory experience for little ones, and the chickens are especially popular with my son! If you're interested in garden design, there's a lot of great inspiration. If you want to watch birds, the native garden is perfect. If you want to sit quietly by yourself, there are tucked-away corners where you almost never see anyone else. I wish I could bring my dog during weekdays, but it is what it is.
  • This Garden is a MUST VISIT if you are in the area. It is likely the most serene place you will visit with beautiful paths and a grand variety of vegetation (my favorite area is the Japanese Gardens. There is no better place to study, have a stroll, hang out with friends, or have a picnic. This area includes places for tons of great pictures and nooks for you to discover visit after visit. Best of all, there are many benches for you to rest and a path that’s ADA accessible.

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