Sarah P. Duke Gardens

North Carolina / Feb. 1, 2012 / by Amy Rose

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are nestled in the Duke Campus in Durham, North Carolina. The gardens are named for Sarah P. Duke, widow of one of the founders of Duke University who was persuaded to donate funds to help establish the garden in 1935.

The gardens sprawl across 55 acres and are divided into four different sections: plants native to the Southeast United States, an Asiatic Arboretum named for William L. Culberson, the Doris Duke Center Gardens, and the original terraces in the center of the garden.

We spent the afternoon wandering the gardens, and even though it was winter we were able to take advantage of a moderately warm day and do a bit of exploring in the Asiatic section. Students wandered through regularly and the environment was very peaceful. We spotted several people reading on benches and docks throughout the garden.