The Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre nature attraction located in the heart of the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. It is named after Sarah P. Duke, the wife of one of the benefactors of Duke University, and is divided into four different areas which feature historic terraces, native plants, a pond, and a Japanese garden. It's a great attraction for families of all sizes since it's always free and provides a diverse array of plants to admire as well as beautiful areas to explore.
Things to Do
- Take a tour of the gardens! Between March 15th and November 15th, they offer both hour-long trolley tours and 1.5-hour walking tours at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for just $8 per person.
- Enjoy the relaxing cultural experience of a Japanese tea gathering in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Visitors over the age of 6 are welcome to take part in this traditional Japanese event in a serene teahouse environment.
- View the diverse wildlife that lives in H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, where you'll find the fascinating carnivorous plant collection. Other highlights include the bird viewing shelter and the special wildlife garden that is home to many insects, birds, and other creatures.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens Insider Tips
- Check out their Events page to see the schedule of special programs designed for children and families, including gardening activities, story time, festivals, and nature events.
- Remember your garden etiquette - stay on the paths, keep your dog on a leash, and don't feed the animals that live in the gardens.
- Parking on the Duke University campus costs $1 per half hour. However, you can park for free in the Duke University H Lot at the corner of Anderson Street and Yearby Avenue on the weekend.