Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Institution Code: DUKE
BGCI Member: Yes
About the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Sarah P. Duke Gardens consist of 55 acres of landscaped and wooded areas on Duke University’s West Campus in Durham, North Carolina. Five miles of allées, walks and pathways provide easy access to all areas of the Gardens. Both formal and informal design elements are blended to create settings of charm and beauty. Duke Gardens is dedicated to the memory of Sarah Pearson Duke, the first Gardens’ benefactor and wife of Benjamin N. Duke, one of Duke University’s founders.
The historic Terrace Gardens was designed by noted landscape architect Elizabeth Biddle Shipman in 1937 and remain the iconic core of Duke Gardens. They replaced an earlier garden of iris and perennial beds that had been initiated in 1934.
In 1968, the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants opened to the public. Named for the first chairman of the Duke University Botany Department, it contains over 900 species that grow in the region from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas.
The William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum was initiated in 1984. It features a collection of plants of Asian origin, designed to reflect the similarities between the climates of southeast Asia and the southeastern United States. The Arboretum is entered through a Japanese-style gate and contains a large pond with Asian waterfowl. Elsewhere in the Arboretum stands a Japanese-style arched bridge, a zigzag bridge and several majestic pieces of oriental garden ornament including a Tea House.
In 2001, The Doris Duke Center, housing administrative offices, classrooms and other public spaces, and the surrounding gardens were dedicated. The Doris Duke Center Gardens include the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the Spring Woodland, the Angle Amphitheater and the Virtue Peace Pond.
The Gardens has been listed among the best public gardens in the United States and received the 2013 Award for Garden Excellence from Horticulture Magazine.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University, 420 Anderson Street
P.O. Box 90341
North Carolina 27708-0341 United States of America
Telephone: (919) 684-3698
Fax: (919) 684-8861
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