Awards and Media Highlights
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is proud to have been recognized by the following organizations for its world-class horticulture and excellent programs:
2020: One of "16 Top Romantic Getaways in North Carolina," in U.S. News & World Report.
2020: Featured in "The Best Botanical Gardens in America" by theactivetimes.com.
2020: No.1 in "The 11 Best Things to Do in North Carolina" on wheninyourstate.com.
2019: Voted “best place to take visitors from out of town" in IndyWeek's Best of the Triangle poll (4th year in a row).
2019: Included in "6 Best Things To Do in Spring in North Carolina" at tripstodiscover.com.
2019: No. 2 in "25 Best Things to Do in North Carolina" on vacationidea.com.
2019: Voted "best place to take visitors" in the Carolina Parent readers' poll. Also voted 2nd place for best picnic spot and best free activity in the Triangle.
2018: Included in Fodor's article "Stunning Botanical Gardens You Won't Believe Are Free"
2018: Duke and Duke Gardens named No. 1 in "The 35 Most Pristine College Campuses in America" on yourgreenpal.com.
2018: Durham Golden Leaf People's Choice Award for the Piedmont Prairie Classroom in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants
2018: Durham Magazine "Best of Durham" readers' choice award for Best Event Space
2018: Voted "best place to take visitors" in the Carolina Parent readers' poll.
2018: Voted “best place to take visitors from out of town" in IndyWeek's Best of the Triangle poll.
2018: Experts' Choice Award from tripexpert.com
2018: Featured in the "Spring in the South" edition of Southern Lady Classics magazine.
2018: Named one of five N.C. must-visit gardens in Trips to Discover.
2018: One of Durham's top 3 best places to see in ThreeBestRated.com.
2017: No. 4 in USA Today poll of 10 top North Carolina attractions
2017: Durham Magazine "Best of Durham" readers' choice award for Best Event Space
2017: Included in New York magazine travel feature "Why Durham, N.C., Is Worth a Weekend Trip - Long-Distance Lover or No"
2017: Indy Week Readers' Choice Award for best place to take visitors from out of town
2017: Carolina Parent Readers' Choice Award: No.1 Place to Take Visitors
2017: Southern Living named Duke University one of "The South's Most Beautiful Colleges"
2017: Downtowner Award for Best Place to Take Tourists
2016: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden won an annual award from the N.C. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
2016: Duke Gardens and Duke University honored in Condé Nast Traveler as one of The 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America
2016: Duke Gardens and Duke University included in Fodor's Travel's "7 Reasons to Visit Durham, N.C"
2016: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News magazine (Oct. issue)
2016: UNC-TV featured our Japanese Tea Gatherings in a feature titled "One Moment, One Meeting."
2016: Included among top U.S. highlights in "The Land of Many Wonders," by Australia's Horizons magazine
2016: Durham Magazine Readers' Choice Best of Durham platinum award (1st place) for Best Event Space and Best Outdoor Family Outing Location
2016: Included in housely.com's "10 Fun Things To Do in Durham"
2015: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden chosen for Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation (CSI) Award
2015: Gothic Gate Kiosk honored with Durham's Golden Leaf Award for Neighborhood Garden & Landscape
2015: Durham Magazine Readers' Choice Best of Durham platinum award (1st place) for Best Event Space and Best Outdoor Family Outing Location
2015: Inclusion in Esquire magazine's "What Makes a Good Summer" roundup (August issue)
2015: One of Durham's three best places to see: threebestrated.com
2015: No. 1 in "17 Best Things To Do in Durham": vacationidea.com
2015: Best of Hip Green Scene national awards: Best Public Garden to Stroll
2014: Carolina Parent magazine Family Favorites readers' choice award: 2nd place in "best place to take visitors"
2014: Placed No. 4 in international list of "50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums"
2014: Named among the nation's "insanely beautiful public gardens" by The Huffington Post
2014: tripadvisor.com/flipkey: Duke/Duke Gardens named North Carolina's top campus worth traveling for
2014: Green Star Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society
2014: Duke University & Duke Gardens named No. 1 in "Top 10 Best Landscaped Colleges: East Coast"
2014: Durham Magazine Readers' Choice Best of Durham platinum award (1st place) for Best Event Space, and gold award (2nd place) for Best Outdoor Family Outing Location
2014: Carolina Parent magazine Family Favorites readers' choice award: Best place to take visitors
2013: Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com
2013: Durham Magazine Readers' Choice Best of Durham first place awards for Best Event Space & Best Family Outing Location
2013: Duke Presidential Award for Paul D. Jones, curator of the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
2013: Duke Sustainability Outstanding Leadership in Waste Reduction Award for Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens
2012: Indyweek Best of the Triangle readers' choice awards - Best Place to Take a Blind Date (finalist for Best Place to Chill). Also a finalist in either or both categories in 2011, 2013 and 2014
2011: Cary Magazine readers' choice "Best of Western Wake" award: Best Place to Take Visitors (also honorable mention in 2014 & 2015)
2010: Cary Magazine readers' choice "Best of Western Wake" award: Best Place to Take Visitors
2009: Named among the top 10 public gardens in the South by Southern Living Magazine
1999: Recognized as a national landmark for outstanding landscape architecture by the American Society of Landscape Architects
1990: Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for design improvements to the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum