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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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Address: 151 Wt Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804-3414
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the...

Located on the edge of the University of North Carolina – Asheville the Botanical Gardens at Asheville were a real treat to visit. First, the Garden is located about 10 minutes from downtown Asheville which made it an easy site to visit. Second, the trail is well tended, beautiful and relaxing. If you ran it the trail is maybe 15 minutes long. If you stroll then it’s as long as you’d like. Lastly, and most important, you get to see some truly spectacular native plants in their natural habitat including a very rare Pink Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule). As a matter of fact I saw FOUR with two still in bloom as well as several yellow and white lady’s slipper orchids that had finished blooming. To see them in their native habitat is rare enough. That some knucklehead had not come by and picked them is even more amazing. Some added treats include a large stone near the main stream that clearly shows the markings of its molten past and appears to be shaped like a dragon.

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Flowers, plants, and Lego sculptures...Oh my!

This is probably one of the best botanical gardens I have been to for outdoor flowers and plants. It is a gorgeous setting outside of the city, nestled in the foothills. Not only... read more

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Michelle D
Peoria, Illinois
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Peoria, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably one of the best botanical gardens I have been to for outdoor flowers and plants. It is a gorgeous setting outside of the city, nestled in the foothills. Not only are the flowering beds quite beautiful, there is a lot of good information regarding native plants and wildlife (such as bees and butterflies). When I was there,... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at the botanical gardens upon our arrival in Asheville. This garden is a part of the university adjacent to it and has some nice walking paths and a stream which was very popular with children splashing and soaking. It was also popular with the college students who walked or wandered the grounds or lay sunning themselves on one... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely calm area. It is great for a walk in the woods. The path takes you through a wooded area that has the plants of the area. There are no planted flower beds. Just plants like mountain laurel, dogwood, azalea, rhododendron and a variety of trees and a creek with rocks to climb on. You can hear... More 

Simpsonville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanical Gardens are a great place to visit!! So peaceful and beautiful. We only had about an hour to visit, but the walkways were easy to navigate and the plant species were plainly marked that we were able to make it through quickly. My children loved sitting by the river shoals. We will definitely go back when we can... More 

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Fairview, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Botanical Gardens of Asheville is situated on ten acres next to UNCA. It has one of the largest collections of native plants in the area. A perfect place to stroll or sit and commune with nature.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Took a walk here after dinner. Quiet and peaceful. Lovely plantings and native vegetation. Babbling brook; little pond with intersting sculpture of hands cupping a watering vessel. Great place to get a walk in while surrounded by beauty!

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is a wonderful place to get lost and wander through the garden. There are trails all over and beautiful plantings and trees all over. This is also a great place for photography.

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Wife and I did this walk twice as the hike we had planned that day was inaccessible due to a road closure. The walk is very easy and you walk along a stream/creek and among wild flowers. They are plenty of places to walk off the trail and have a picnic. The Pokemon hunting here is amazing as well as... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place is amazing! We enjoyed walking through the gardens, laying in the meadows, hiking the trails, and reading the educational signage. So much variety, charm, and interest.

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Erwin, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Nice place to unwind and enjoy some nature. The trail is a short walk over bridges through paths with beautiful plants and by the creek. Theres benches and a green lawn perfect for picnic and reading a book. There's creek access for swimming or just letting the littles play in the water. Stop and enjoy a little nature, you'll be... More 

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