North Carolina Botanical Garden

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North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (about 700 acres (2.8 km2), plus 210 acres (0.85 km2) of nature preserves) is a botanical garden operated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The primary goal of the Garden is to research, catalog, and promote the native plant species of North Carolina. Admission is free, and the Garden is open seven days a week, with special educational programs offered regularly.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is an enjoyable place to visit to explore the native wildlife of the Carolinas. They have a great walking path through several different native plant areas from wetlands to forests, and special areas devoted to carnivorous plants, medicinal plants, water lilies, etc. It is a little more organic and overgrown in feel than the Duke Gardens with their greater views and ponds, but a nice place to explore. There's also an eclectic mix of art around some of the gardens including a large scale metal chess set, and metal sculptures of garden life or neat re-uses of glass bottles. It's free, and it focuses more on education than on formal floral displays. A fun place to explore on your own or with kids. They also have a little shop area where you can buy plants for your own garden. Their parking lot is a little confusing when we tried to exit. They just opened up a new set of buildings, but we didn't check them out.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

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The North Carolina Botanical Garden is an enjoyable place to visit to explore the native wildlife of the Carolinas. They have a great walking path through several different native plant areas from wetlands to forests, and special areas devoted to carnivorous plants, medicinal plants, water lilies, etc. It is a little more organic and overgrown in feel than the Duke Gardens with their greater views and ponds, but a nice place to explore. There's also an eclectic mix of art around some of the gardens including a large scale metal chess set, and metal sculptures of garden life or neat re-uses of glass bottles.It's free, and it focuses more on education than on formal floral displays. A fun place to explore on your own or with kids. They also have a little shop area where you can buy plants for your own garden.Their parking lot is a little confusing when we tried to exit. They just opened up a new set of buildings, but we didn't check them out.

Welcome to our Garden! The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a “conservation garden.” Our guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

baileybaileybailey Chapel Hill, North Carolina Level Contributor 17 reviews 4 attraction reviews 3 helpful votes “Beautiful artistic entry gate” Reviewed March 13, 2017 This is an often overlooked yet fun botanical garden to attend. A 'Rosemary Garden” with over 30+ varieties of rosemary. Who knew? And an interesting walking path through various terrains and fauna. Nice educational building. Good for family or afternoon walk. Don't miss the gate! Stunning artwork! Helpful? Thank baileybaileybailey Report

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Tye H Chapel Hill, North Carolina Level Contributor 12 reviews 8 attraction reviews 2 helpful votes “Great walk in a town with lots of great walks” Reviewed February 13, 2017 If you live in Chapel Hill, you know about the Botanical Garden. If you are a visitor, this is one of the two or three best walks in town. It tends to be shady, so a great walk when the sun is hot. Helpful? Thank Tye H Report

I learned some interesting things visiting the NC Botanical Garden. I had never been there before, but expected it to be like Duke Garden's. I can't say I was very impressed, but at the same time I didn't walk through the entire garden, so I will have to return and do that one day. Staff members seemed nice though and there is a lot of great information behind the garden.

The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill offer a relaxing respite from the crazy world in which we live. Quiet,calm and beautiful, you owe yourself the luxury of spending some time there.

“A beautiful place to take a break” Reviewed February 14, 2017 The North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill offer a relaxing respite from the crazy world in which we live. Quiet,calm and beautiful, you owe yourself the luxury of spending some time there. Helpful? Thank Doug P Report

The history of the Garden begins in 1903, when Professor William Chambers Coker began planting trees and shrubs on the central campus (now Coker Arboretum). In 1952, the Trustees of the university dedicated 70 acres (280,000 m2) forested for development of a botanical garden. An additional 103 acres (0.42 km2) were donated by William Lanier Hunt. Considerable additions and expansion of the Garden took place from the 1960s onward. The most recent expansion effort is a sustainable Visitor Education Center, designed by architect Frank Harmon.

Three warnings: * The NC Botanical Garden is almost more of an event venue than a garden. There were at least two large buildings that were either closed or partially closed to the public. They looked really new and nice, but I was surprised that there were not greenhouses but instead all of the structures were for events (and they looked like they'd be great venues, by the way). * The visitor's center was in one of those nice, new buildings, but it seemed more commercial than informative (overpriced gift shop, a few pieces of art to display, but nothing really informative). I guess that goes back to the event venue comment. * A lot of the gardens form a separate section *before* you get to the visitor center. I walked past the visitor's center to visit the gardens and I almost missed most of my favorite parts (there is only a small area and the nature trails behind the event spaces/visitor's center). If you go in knowing those three things you won't be disappointed (and you may actually be pleasantly surprised)! I really liked the gardens themselves. They were pretty varied–everything from a herb garden to gardens featuring plants from different NC habitats. And there's one of those life-size chess boards with large pieces. What a fun way to spend an afternoon!

Three warnings:* The NC Botanical Garden is almost more of an event venue than a garden.  There were at least two large buildings that were either closed or partially closed to the public.  They looked really new and nice, but I was surprised that there were not greenhouses but instead all of the structures were for events (and they looked like they'd be great venues, by the way).* The visitor's center was in one of those nice, new buildings, but it seemed more commercial than informative (overpriced gift shop, a few pieces of art to display, but nothing really informative).  I guess that goes back to the event venue comment.* A lot of the gardens form a separate section *before* you get to the visitor center.  I walked past the visitor's center to visit the gardens and I almost missed most of my favorite parts (there is only a small area and the nature trails behind the event spaces/visitor's center).If you go in knowing those three things you won't be disappointed (and you may actually be pleasantly surprised)!  I really liked the gardens themselves.  They were pretty varied–everything from a herb garden to gardens featuring plants from different NC habitats.  And there's one of those life-size chess boards with large pieces.  What a fun way to spend an afternoon!

One of the largest natural botanical gardens in the Southeast. The display gardens feature native plants, herbs, natural habitats, children’s wonder garden, nature trails, outdoor sculptures, nature art (indoor gallery), plant sales and gift shop. LEED Platinum sustainable, green education center with exhibits, reference library, auditorium and classrooms. The Garden offers a free guided tour on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. The Garden’s paved visitor parking lot is closed and locked after hours. Nature trails, Coker Arboretum and Battle Park trails are available from dawn to dusk.

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