Horticulture Magazine Award

The Awards Committee of the American Public Gardens Association honored Sarah P. Duke Gardens with the Association’s 2013 Horticulture magazine Award for Garden Excellence. This award is given annually to a public garden that exemplifies the highest standards of horticultural practices.

The award was presented at the APGA annual meeting in Phoenix on May 21.

"I am pleased and humbled to accept this award on behalf of Duke University and those who truly deserve the credit: the staff, volunteers, donors and board of advisors of Sarah P. Duke Gardens," Duke Gardens executive director Bill LeFevre said in accepting the award.

Duke Gardens joins a distinguished list of previous winners, including the Missouri Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Smithsonian Gardens. Horticulture magazine featured Duke Gardens in its January issue.

Duke Gardens was named among the 10 best public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com this year, and one of the South’s 10 best public gardens in Southern Living magazine in 2009.

Established in 1934, Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic garden on the campus of Duke University. Admission to Duke Gardens is free, and its world-class horticultural design attracts approximately 300,000 visitors annually.

Among the dramatic recent developments that have brought Duke Gardens to an impressive new level are the redesigned Page-Rollins White Garden, the Frances P. Rollins Overlook opposite the Terrace Gardens, the Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Japanese Pavilion in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, the redesigned Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden, the relocation and reconstruction of Duke University’s century-old Roney Fountain, the Walker Dillard Kirby Perennial Allée, and the redesigned entry allée.

In addition, the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, an organic food and teaching garden that opened in fall 2012, is among only 15 sites nationwide that have received certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a national program that promotes sustainable land development and management practices, akin to the LEED “green” building certification.

Duke Gardens also offers classes in gardening, natural history and related topics, as well as tours, free drop-in programs for families, day camps, school programs and volunteer opportunities.