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All reviews japanese garden beautiful garden koi pond native plants spring and summer year round different areas water features few hours visitor center gift shop couple of hours walk around flowers bloom picnic paths
Spring gardens were beautiful to experience with grandparents and our family. Some walkways pavers, gravel, uneven if anyone with mobility concerns We enjoyed the variety of wildlife and flowers in the themed gardens. Trees provide shade on hot sunny days
Don't go there to take pictures of anyone. Security will harass you and charge you an outrgious fee. Classes are not welcome with out payong a fee either. Duke Gardens is all about only the money. Very sad.
Visit every time that we are in town. Beautiful all year long. This time actually left credit card in parking machine and they got it back without our having to stop the card. Awesome. Great place to walk and relax.
sadly i went during winter so it wasn't that nice. but it's a quite place and nice for a walk or a run.More
Date of experience: January 2019
DukeGardens, Public Relations Manager at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
Thanks for your feedback, @itsmaryjay. Spring and fall are definitely our peak seasons, but we do have lots of lovely plants and other features to enjoy in the winter and summer, too. We are working toward reshaping our visitor entry experience so that we can...More
The gardens are beautiful even this time of the year, but if you have a chance to visit around Easter, take your camera, or if you attend a graduation in the area, take your camera. There is a pond with colorful fish that have been...More
Response from DukeGardens | Property representative |
Hello Amy - Please pardon our delay in replying. As others have noted, we have 2 parking lots inside our main entrance at 420 Anderson St. Parking is $1 per half hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to head straight to the... More
Hello Amy - Please pardon our delay in replying. As others have noted, we have 2 parking lots inside our main entrance at 420 Anderson St. Parking is $1 per half hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to head straight to the koi pond, try to park in the lower lot past the visitor center, and enter through the Gothic Gates (there is an info kiosk there with maps). You'll go down the entry allée, pass the rose garden and fountain, continue straight ahead (the path veers left a bit), down the perennial allée, pass the Blomquist gatehouse on the left, and when you see a large concrete medallion on the ground, the pergola leading into the Terrace Gardens will be on your right. Go down the steps, and the koi pond is at the bottom. If stairs are a challenge, there's an ADA accessible path leading down to the rose garden, and you can take at right turn at the Blomquist Gatehouse and go left at the end of that path. That will lead you to the bottom of the Terrace Gardens. We also offer walking and trolley tours. See the "visit" tab on our website for info. We hope you enjoy your visit!