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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

151 Wt Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804-3414
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rated down due to a pet peeve of mine

One of my pet peeves is when a place is not open when they are supposed to be. The gardens were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
cheryl h
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Durham, North Carolina
Lovely place for a stroll

Babbling brook, native plants, beautiful paths, great gift shop. Classes offered are inexpensive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Raina726
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Asheville, North Carolina
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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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151 Wt Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804-3414
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of my pet peeves is when a place is not open when they are supposed to be. The gardens were open but the visitors center/gift shop, even though the sign on the door said they would open in 5 minutes, was locked up tight....More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Babbling brook, native plants, beautiful paths, great gift shop. Classes offered are inexpensive and enjoyable.

Thank Raina726
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened upon the Botanical Gardens while walking around the UNCA campus before a soccer match. This is a beautiful place to take a "hike" or just go for a walk. Totally quiet and peaceful and a nice place to hide from the sun.

Thank TravelingFool39604
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been here several times, in fact just this afternoon. It's about 50% accessible, as Trimble is in a power wheelchair. The gardens are beautiful. The creek was not accessible to us, but there are a lot of families that enjoy this feature. You can...More

Thank Bonnie P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So sad to see-this could be an amazing place but it looks like it hasn't been kept in years. Everything is overgrown and the paths aren't totally clear for walking. You can hear the highway traffic when walking near the creek...takes away from the experience....More

Thank blckhze
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going to botanical gardens in my travels. Generally these are very deliberately designed settings that feature the local greenery. This was more like a forest park that happened to have names on plants. Its diminished because its next to a very busy road....More

Thank SmilingALot
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I enjoyed an unplanned stop. Small but nice. More of a wooded ramble than a garden. There were summer flowers and lovely quiet areas to stop and relax. Loved the cabin setting and path that led to it. Kids were playing in the stream and...More

Thank Sggypsy
Reviewed 10 August 2017

It's a nice little walk, but there's really not much cultivated to see. We wound up walking the campus instead.

Thank fitnessinharmony
Reviewed 24 July 2017

If you, like me, were looking for manicured gardens, landscape design, architectural accents, as I have seen in at least 3 other Botanical Gardens around the country--this is not that. If you are looking for a nice short easy walk down a gravel path through...More

Thank fosterb4
Reviewed 21 July 2017

What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning! Beautiful plantings, interesting displays, great sculpture! Loved having a picnic lunch at the nearby kayak launch site on the French Broad River!

Thank Tweezergalore
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
No, I live with my son, so I can't honor travelers with a place to stay while traveling. If I had a home of my own, I would gladly have them stay with me. Sorry.
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