Gardens Etiquette

Welcome to Sarah P. Duke Gardens! We are open from 8 a.m. until dusk, 365 days a year.

Please remember:

Plants should be left for all to enjoy - please do not pick or cut any part of a plant
Stay on paths
Groups of 15 or more, please register in advance
Portrait and special occasion photography is
by permit only
Drone photography is not permitted, in order to ensure Gardens visitors' safety and privacy
It harms the wildlife to be fed food intended for people (bread, etc.)
Walk bikes through the Gardens--don't ride them
Carry out what you carry in
Supervise children
Respect others’ desire for privacy

Please note that the following are prohibited:

Dogs and other pets (read more here)
Sports equipment, balls, balloons or kites
Climbing trees, swimming or wading
Smoking
Alcohol
Cooking or fires
Hammocks or tents
Weapons

Special note:

The produce from the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden benefits local families through a partnership with Healthy Families of Durham.  Please do not pick any part of these plants. We ask that you leave them for others to enjoy and learn from, and for the benefit of Healthy Families.

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 photographing at Duke Gardens.