Garden Gateway

Garden Gateway conceptual image rear view

The future of Duke Gardens is now

“I know from walking on its winding paths that Duke Gardens is one of our greatest assets as a university: it offers a physical connection with nature and the environment that enriches the lives of Duke students, faculty, staff and our neighbors. The Garden Gateway will make this special place an even more vital part of our community, with beautiful spaces for us to gather, work, relax and celebrate. I look forward to welcoming Dukies from near and far to this vibrant new corner of our campus.” — President Vincent E. Price

Sarah P. Duke Gardens is much more than Durham’s No. 1 tourist attraction or a botanic garden in the heart of Duke University. It makes lasting impressions on people’s lives through the connections it facilitates and the impact it has on the Duke and Durham communities. Duke Gardens facilitates unique research opportunities for students. It provides a vehicle for education that benefits Duke students and area schoolchildren alike.  It provides a respite for individuals from all communities and backgrounds. Duke Gardens enriches the lives of so many throughout the Duke and Durham communities, as well visitors from around the world.

"The new Garden Gateway will anchor deeper connections between students, alumni and visitors to the garden and university. It will say, 'You're here. You've arrived. Welcome to Duke. Welcome home.' — Coach Mike Krzyzewski

The Garden Gateway project is a $30 million plan to create enhanced facilities and spaces that will enrich the visitor experience and strengthen ties to Duke University and the Durham community. Your gift will help support:

•    a visitor entry pavilion
•    additional classrooms
•    a new café and outdoor seating area
•    a new events lawn
•    an expanded gift store
•    an enlarged events hall

And much, much more. The Garden Gateway will enable the Gardens to better accommodate student events, performing arts, conferences, educational programming for all ages, weddings and celebrations of all kinds. 

The Duke Endowment has awarded a $5 million grant to the Garden Gateway project. Read more.

For a full list of naming opportunities, please contact the Duke Gardens Development office at 919.684.5579. 

“Duke Gardens is an extraordinarily beautiful and unique feature in the heart of Duke University that provides respite from the ordinary and promotes wellness of body and spirit. The Garden Gateway will allow us to better welcome and serve the Duke and Durham communities who gather together in Duke Gardens, as well as our visitors from around the world.”
— Bill LeFevre, Executive Director