Gardens Policies

COVID-19 Update:  Duke Gardens has begun a phased reopening, with phase 1 limited to Duke students, faculty & staff with a Duke ID, timed ticket and symptom monitoring. We do not have a date for phase 2 at this time. Read more here.

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 temporary closure includes all indoor and outdoor areas. When we have a phase 2 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




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

Please remember:

Dogs are only allowed before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. More information here.
No other pets permitted
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 via email.
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

Please note that the following are prohibited:

Sports equipment, balls, balloons or kites
Climbing trees, swimming, wading, boats
Smoking (including electronic cigarettes)
Cooking or fires
Hammocks or tents
Tables or chairs

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 more information about photographing at Duke Gardens.