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Duke Gardens

Posted April 28, 2010

Have you ever overlooked beauty in your own backyard?

It's been called the "crown jewel" of Duke University and a walk along its five miles of paths this time of year only confirms that reputation. I recently took my first stroll through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Why did I wait so long?

The gardens contain a spectacular display of flowers and plants. I've decided I need to take a tour at least three or four times a year.

I've attached some of my photographs of the flowers at Duke.


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  • opuntia Apr 29, 2010

    I loved the gardens when I walked through them to get to class, and I still love to visit them, now with my kids!

  • bleslie Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks arthur!

  • Frank Downtown Apr 28, 2010

    # is a native azalea.

  • thinknc Apr 28, 2010

    I've never been either, but hope to go on my anniversary. I love the botanical gardens in Chapel Hill and the Raulston Arboretum at NCSU--both are nice spots to stroll, admire the plants, and forget your worries.

  • bleslie Apr 28, 2010

    babbs - thanks for the comment. I'm not sure about flower 7 - I will ask my wife when she comes home.

  • babbs Apr 28, 2010

    What amazing pictures. When my husbands grandmother used to visit, we would go there every time and would have a delightful afternoon. Bill, what is the flower in picture 7?

  • Celt Apr 28, 2010

    I always envy my colleagues who get to work in the Gardens 40 hours per week! I have wondered whether you would get blase about Duke Gardens if you worked there, but I don't think so. The building where I did my PhD work was right beside of Duke Chapel--and I never tired of seeing it.

  • bleslie Apr 28, 2010

    2thebeach - good point!

  • mindofreason Apr 28, 2010

    My wife and I were married at Duke Gardens and it makes for such a lovely backdrop for such an event! It truly is full of spectacular beauty...

  • 2thebeach Apr 28, 2010

    I would argue that the Chapel is Duke's Crown Jewel, but the Sarah P. Duke Gardens run a very close second.




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