Sarah P. Duke Gardens, at 420 Anderson Street in Durham, is considered one of the 10 top public gardens in the United States. It’s open every day, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to dusk. It features a rose garden, sundial and butterfly garden, terraces, a fish pool, and much more.
Admission is free, but there’s a charge for parking.
You might want to check out our write-up on 10 botanical gardens in the Triangle.
Important Note: Duke Gardens has been closed for more than a year, but is re-opening June 1st, 2021. It will be open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Parking will be available only in the Gardens’ parking lot, with no weekend overflow available in nearby university lots. No buses, limousines or group visits can be accommodated this time.
Please come on a weekday if you can, because parking is more likely to fill up on the weekends. Please still maintain social distancing, and wear masks when in a crowded area or a restroom. Read more about this phase of re-opening.
There is no wrong season to visit Duke Gardens. There are plants in bloom in every season, and endless number of paths to explore, and benches along the way to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Read on for a gallery of photos of Duke Gardens during each season!
Fall at Duke Gardens
You don’t have to drive far to see spectacular fall foliage. (Although if you do want to, we’ve put together a list of some of the best fall color all over North Carolina.) Duke Gardens truly puts on a show. You’ll even find some flowers blooming, but they tend to be shy.