Mission, Vision & Values
Sarah P. Duke Gardens creates and nurtures an environment in the heart of Duke University for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture and community engagement.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is widely recognized as a premier public garden, providing extraordinary visitor experiences, horticultural artistry, leadership in conservation, and innovative programs. It plays a vital role in the life and values of Duke University and is a respite from the ordinary in a welcoming and beautiful setting.
Our core values:
Beauty: Duke Gardens is an artful expression inspired by nature.
Excellence: We model excellence in horticultural practices and display, public engagement and sustainability.
Inspiration: We lift our visitors' spirits, touch their hearts and engage their minds.
Integrity: We act ethically, inclusively and respectfully in our relationships.
Sustainability: We conserve our resources and model best environmental practices.
Inclusiveness: We connect diverse communities representing Duke, Durham and visitors from around the world.