COVID-19 Update: Duke Gardens is closed until further notice. The Gardens will not reopen in June and we do not yet have a reopening date.
This decision is in keeping with Duke University’s policies aiming to minimize health and safety risks to the Duke community and beyond, and to encourage social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This closure includes all indoor and outdoor areas. When we have a reopening date, we will post it here and in social media in advance of the date.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the future.
All information is subject to change on short notice. See more updates and advisories from Duke University at coronavirus.duke.edu.
Welcome to Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk 365 days a year, and admission is free. Please see this page for information about parking fees, weekend overflow parking and visitor center hours. Our address is 420 Anderson St., Durham, NC, 27705. See our "getting here" page for directions and public transportation information.
Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic garden on the campus of Duke University. It is a place of beauty, dedicated to learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture.
Founded in 1934, Duke Gardens is now considered one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States.
It features four distinct gardens, each with its own focus and flavor: the Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens, dedicated in 1939; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens, including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. There are five miles of allées, walks, and pathways throughout the Gardens, and many shaded benches.
Duke Gardens also has a café, a gift shop, and a visitor center with an elegant rental hall for wedding receptions, meetings and other occasions.
Maps: We offer maps and assistance at our information desk, and you may also read or download our online map. For extremely hot days, here is a map with some heat tips and highlighting our water fountains and emergency phones.
Programs: We offer classes in gardening, photography and natural history, as well as tours, programs for families, spring break and summer camps, school programs, and volunteer opportunities. We also host Duke Performances’ Music in the Gardens summer outdoor concert series. Please see our events page for details.
Group Visits and Tours: We require all groups to register with the Gardens so we can coordinate your activities with other groups scheduled for the same day. Please call 919-668-1707. For more information about guided tours, please see our tours page. Self-guided groups are welcome to use our self-guided visit resources.
Restrooms: Duke Gardens has restrooms in the Doris Duke Center, the Ruth Mary Meyer Japanese Garden in the Asiatic Arboretum, and in the Terrace Gardens. Please note: The Terrace Gardens restooms are temporarily closed for repair (1/21/20). There are portable toilets behind the restroom building.
Promotional photos/photo policy: Duke Gardens may photograph visitors and program participants on occasion for promotional purposes. By entering Duke Gardens, visitors are granting their permission to be included in such photographs. Please see our photo/video policy for information about applying for a photo permit at Duke Gardens.
Drones: Drones and drone photography are not permitted, in order to ensure Gardens visitors' safety and privacy, as well as the safety of Life Flight helicopters flying to/from Duke Medical Center. Please see Duke University's drone policy for more information.
Duke Gardens was named among the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by tripadvisor.com, and one of the South’s 10 best public gardens in Southern Living. We hope you will discover why on your visit!