Duke University and Sarah P Duke Gardens

Durham, North Carolina 27710

Duke University and Sarah P Duke Gardens

Duke University and Sarah P. Duke Gardens Professional Review and Guide

"Two memorable sights await you on this walk, one of which is Duke Chapel. Its soaring spires and English Gothic architecture will make you think you are in Old-World Europe rather than modern-day North Carolina.

The word masterpiece springs to mind when one sees the chapel. The other equally magnificent sight on this walk is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. They lie at the foot of the chapel, and when you are there you will momentarily forget you are on a busy, urban university campus. Special attractions: The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Chapel, Duke’s quads, Duke Divinity School, and the world-famous Duke University Medical Center."

Duke University and Sarah P. Duke Gardens Reviews

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens is one of Durham's gems. 55 acres of spectacular and varied horticulture located in the heart of the "Gothic Wonderland" that is the Duke University west campus. It is frequented by students in search of a pleasant place to study and relax as well as locals and tourists. The Gardens are divided into several sections including the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum (which includes the main lake), and the magnificent Terrace Gardens with their lily pond, south lawn and home to the Terrace Cafe. There is a gift shop, education center, offices and greenhouses located at the Sarah Duke Center near the front entrance off Anderson Street. Hard to believe that this site was originally a dumping ground for the copious waste generated during the construction of the west campus in the 1920's & 30's. If you're local, consider becoming a member and supporting this treasure. If you're a visitor to Durham, don't miss the opportunity to spend a few hours strolling these beautiful paths.

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45 minutes
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Jul 2018