visit to Duke Gardens
Welcome to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, founded in 1934 and now considered one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States.
Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic garden on the campus of Duke University. It is a place of beauty, dedicated to learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture.
It features four distinct gardens, each with its own focus and flavor: the Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens, dedicated in 1939; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens, including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. There are five miles of allées, walks, and pathways throughout the Gardens, and many shaded benches.
Duke Gardens also has a café, a gift shop, and a visitor center with an elegant rental hall for wedding receptions, meetings and other occasions.
We offer classes in gardening, photography and natural history, as well as tours, free drop-in programs for families, spring break and summer camps, school programs, and volunteer opportunities. We also host Duke Performances’ Music in the Gardens summer outdoor concert series. Please see our events page for details.
Duke Gardens was named among the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com, and one of the South’s 10 best public gardens in Southern Living.
We hope you will enjoy your visit.