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Mission, Vision & Values

Our mission:

We are a botanic garden in the heart of Duke University that inspires transformative learning, promotes wellness and builds community. 

Our vision:

We invite a deeper connection to the natural world through horticultural artistry, plant conservation, sustainable practices and innovative programs. We play a vital role in the health and well-being of the Duke and Durham communities and beyond

Our core values:

Beauty: Duke Gardens is an artful expression inspired by nature.

Wonder: Duke Gardens invites all to discover the rejuvenating benefits of nature, follow their curiosity, and connect with the natural world around them.

Sustainability: We demonstrate and promote best practices for environmental, fiscal and social responsibility to ensure a healthy future for generations to come.

Community: We embrace the knowledge that people and plants are diverse and interdependent, and we seek ways to understand, share and celebrate the full spectrum of human experience.