Blomquist Garden

The rolling woodland terrain of the 6.5-acre H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants is filled with more than 900 species and varieties of regional native plants.  Many of them found a home in this garden after approved plant-rescue operations from land facing development.  Dedicated in 1968, the garden honors Professor Hugo L. Blomquist, the first chair of Duke University’s Department of Botany and an authority on Southeastern flora.

Main attractions

Steve Church Endangered Species Garden: Take a minute here to learn about some of our plant neighbors in this collection of rare and endangered plants from the southeastern United States.

Blomquist Wildlife Garden: This lush garden provides a home for not only plants but a diverse collection of Southeastern wildlife. Visit this garden to learn strategies for attracting and sustaining insects, birds and other creatures on your own property.

Carnivorous plant collection: This collection includes unique plant species native to North Carolina. Come learn about how hungry plants have evolved to feed themselves.

Bird Viewing Shelter: Relax quietly here and soon you will see the host of bird species attracted to the nearby feeding station.

See the Blomquist Garden and learn about the importance of native plants in UNC-TV's "Exploring North Carolina" episode titled "Native Intelligence." 

See the online version of our recent art exhibit, "Art & Nature: Artwork Inspired by the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants."

Blomquist plant highlights