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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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Address: 151 Wt Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804-3414
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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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Natural Beauty

First off, this is the botanical garden located near UNC Asheville. It is NOT the North Carolina Arboretum located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of the pictures and reviews are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2016
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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Beautiful... gentle hiking trails and photo opportunities! Pick up picnic items from Whole Foods Market and throw down some blankets and get ready to make some memories!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We really enjoyed spending an afternoon here - especially the Bonsai garden. Good for all ages, although you need to watch the sun exposure.

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Johnson, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Beautifully landscaped gardens, amazing views. A must see place and highly recommended. Bring walking shoes, camera, video camera, binoculars, picnic basket and blanket. You are out for a treat. Great activity for adults and kids. Allow at least 8 hours to admire the beauty of the gardens and the other attractions.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I'm always looking for some peace and quiet time and this is one of those places were it doesn't take long to start relaxing. A small erea but you can get lost in thought.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

First off, this is the botanical garden located near UNC Asheville. It is NOT the North Carolina Arboretum located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of the pictures and reviews are from people who are confused about this. So I'd like to clarify that there are NO bonsai, NO sculptures, NO perfectly curated plant life. The Botanical Gardens are very... More 

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I was really let down on this one. If you think Botanical Gardens you think lush trees, flowers etc.... blooming stuff. This place was really just a hike through some woods. There is a neat shack there, few flowers far and between. But other than a small creek running though I was sadly let down there was really no photo... More 

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Arden, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Enjoyed walking along and in the creek. Leaves were just starting to turn. I'm sure in the fall it's beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Prior to visiting Asheville, we had contacted a local photographer to book a photo shoot for our anniversary. She recommended the gardens at 6 p.m. for our shoot. The gardens are so beautiful and peaceful and truly made our pictures turn out just perfect! There is a small creek with large rocks where you can actually sit almost in the... More 

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Marion, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Having lived in the area for years, I have spent various times at the gardens, from when it was totally free to a per car rate. I love spring the most, being an April birthday person that is my most often perusal of the gardens. Years ago they had Segway tours and that was the best. Now they have a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Just loved the path they carved out for you to walk thru....take your time, bring your camera. ...hummingbirds and butterflies waiting for you to visit!

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