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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

426 Anderson St (at Campus Dr), Durham, NC 27705, United States
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    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM

Often spoken of as "the crown jewel of Duke University," Duke Gardens occupies 55 acres in the heart of west campus. Renowned both for landscape design and the quality of horticulture, Duke Gardens attracts more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world each year.


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People talk about:

  • "... this is one of the graduation requirements." (2 tips)
  • "... lilly pads on the pond. they are stunning!" (4 tips)
  • "... nice picnic on the big lawn. Also bring balls for the kids!" (2 tips)
  • Duke University

    1st Big Weekend - Sept 1 - Come see "Happy Feet" 7:30-9:30.

    Duke University · August 30, 2011
  • Duke University

    Experience the beautiful 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

    Duke University · April 8, 2012
  • Matt K.

    You don't have to pay for parking after 5 pm

    Matt Kozlowski · April 4, 2010
  • Matteo G.

    Look for the Japanese house

    Matteo Gilebbi · August 8, 2010
  • Melissa M.

    Look for the ducklings in the big pond!

    Melissa Moser · May 5, 2010
  • Emily P.

    Complete a Graduation Requirement

    Emily Poplawski · December 10, 2009
  • Psiyina D.

    Love the gift shop!

    Psiyina Davis · June 12, 2013
  • SL

    parking is $1 for 30 min, 4hr max $8

    SL · October 31, 2010
  • Alex S.

    Too many trees. Kind of lame.

    Alex Sanchez · June 16, 2013
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Known as the “crown jewel” of Duke University...When I went earlier this week, cherry trees were blooming, as well as gorgeous tulips, camellias, dogwoods, among others... Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · April 9, 2013
  • pbiwan

    Head down to the koi pond

    pbiwan · March 9, 2013
  • Duke University

    Duke Reunions 2012 - Visit the Duke Gardens to remember sunny days spent on the lawn with friends.

    Duke University · April 18, 2012
  • Thomas S.

    Great place for an inexpensive date, year round!

    Thomas Steffen · September 16, 2011
  • Yolanda N.

    Bring a blanket and food for a nice picnic on the big lawn. Also bring balls for the kids!

    Yolanda Nichole · February 3
  • Suki H.

    Watch the sunset at the park, amazing!

    Suki H · August 5, 2013
  • Jacob H.

    In case you've forgotten... this is one of the graduation requirements.

    Jacob Hanger · May 3, 2013
  • Josh N.

    Great place for a lunch date!

    Josh N. · March 22, 2012
  • Amy H.

    Park in the bottom lot to the far right. Take the shortcut to the large pond

    Amy Hogan · December 4, 2010
  • Christopher L.

    Take prom photos here! Or wedding portraits, if you're a little older.

    Christopher Lane · October 10, 2010
  • Kevin P.

    So many locations for family photos!

    Kevin Primus · March 15
  • Sabrina S.

    Schedule a portrait session here with Sweet Sassafras Photography! www.sweetsassafras.me

    Sabrina Short · November 16, 2013
  • John N.

    Get food for the waterfowl at the garden store! It's cheap

    John Ng · August 20, 2013
  • Carlos L.

    Parking is Free on weekends until 1pm.

    Carlos Lerzundy · June 8, 2013
  • Rose L.

    Go on a warm day and lay on the quad to catch some rays. Bring a book and a blanket--or your dogs.

    Rose Lane · March 22, 2013
  • Kim V.

    Go look at the giant lilly pads on the pond. they are stunning!

    Kim Vanderwall · November 11, 2012
  • Jim K.

    Great photography anytime of the year.

    Jim Kalweit · February 28, 2012
  • Liana L.

    Hang out by the terrace or have a picnic by the pons

    Liana Lau · November 11, 2011

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