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North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Address: 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
Phone Number: +1 919-962-0522
13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean

the botanical garden emphasizes plants from all regions of North Carolina in an organized stroll. Often there is sculpture on display; changing throughout the year.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
Dan C

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

the botanical garden emphasizes plants from all regions of North Carolina in an organized stroll. Often there is sculpture on display; changing throughout the year.

Thank Dan C
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Most Botanic Gardens I've visited have required hours to walk through and cost $ the second you enter the grounds. NOT THIS ONE!! The grounds are free! You can come wander peacefully through several compact venues. Grounds stay open after the buildings close in the summer so very tranquil...and did I say FREE? Lots of great kids/family programs, community friendly... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We planned to walk around the gardens now that it's a bit cooler. On Sunday we were surprised to find a family-friendly (nursery and children's chapel) worship service that began at 10am in the Reeves Auditorium within the gardens. A beautiful morning and afternoon.

2 Thank jordan2004
Madeira Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Maybe they just need more help to keep the gardens nice. We were disappointed. The gardens had so much other growth in the beds that it was hard to see what were plants verses weeds. they also didn't have many blooming flowers. In general we took a quick spin around and decided to go do something else. Hopefully they get... More 

Thank Diana H
Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The kids loved this place! We walked the trails, they played in the river then we explored the many gardens. We were easily able to kill several hours. A favorite was the garden of poisonous plants, which was very cool. We will be back again to explore when the weather is cooler!

Thank JTess1425
Siler City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

You can easily walk around these gardens in an hour, unlike at Sarah P Duke, which takes much more of a time commitment. The information center and shop are excellent and there is even a small library. This is a great place to see native plants and learn more about them; they also have plants for sale. There are places... More 

Thank Annette M
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There are outside and inside attractions at this venue. The inside space is air conditioned with exhibits. There a good variety of outside trails with streams and ponds and mini-falls. Some trails are very wooded and some are somewhat arid.

Thank Scotch27
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The NCBG features plants, trees and shrubs that are native to North Carolina, including pitcher plants and native ornamentals. Pleasant for a stroll and also educational, there is also a childrens garden, an herb garden and garden sculptures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We took our 7 and 5 year-old granddaughters to the NCBG on a hot morning last week. The girls were fascinated be the different butterflies attracted to the various plants. A Gardner showed them a caterpillar beginning its caccoon. Indoors there is an area for kids to make pictures from bits of cloth. We spent 2 pleasant and informative hours... More 

Thank Soque S
Glencoe, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We live near one of the country's finest botanic gardens, so we are somewhat jaded. Yes, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is smaller than what we are accustomed to, but it is so very well done, and so interesting! There are habitat display areas that represent every type of climate and geography in the state - mountains, beach, etc -... More 

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