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North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Address: 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
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+1 919-962-0522
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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A place of serenity

Every fall, the Botanical Gardens has outdoor sculpture by local artists. It is always pleasant to see the different pieces outside in a natural setting. Some are for sale, others... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Gail S
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Every fall, the Botanical Gardens has outdoor sculpture by local artists. It is always pleasant to see the different pieces outside in a natural setting. Some are for sale, others not. There is a lovely gift shop that carries things of nature, plants, books, aprons, tee shirts, etc. You can't forget the library, with books, newspapers, artwork done by people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The NC Botanical Garden provides visitors with the opportunity to walk through various plant ecosystems of the state. There are also an herb garden, special exhibits, like the Sculpture in the Garden exhibit, and a shop where you can buy native plants for your own garden. A great way to spend the afternoon!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This state-run facility boasts three specialized gardens with plants from the three regions of NC: mountains, piedmont, and coastal plains. Time spent wandering among them is both educational as well as interesting. There are also walking trails through the woods that are great for a stroll. There's a gift shop that's worth perusing as well. It's not a large facility,... More 

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Ellijay, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The Native Botanical Garden is a small community supported garden with a walking trail meandering through it. Don’t expect a formal and well groomed garden like Chattanooga or Atlanta but it is clean and a good place for a peaceful stroll. As the name implies, it is full of native plants but not much more. I would not make this... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Free admission and a nice relaxing visit with my family! I will definately go back in the spring when more flowers will be in bloom.

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Phoenix, AZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We had passed the entrance to the North Carolina Botanic Garden, and are glad that we finally stopped. Lovely grounds, with enough information everywhere to satisfy us completely. Though we were familiar with much of the flora of this area of North Carolina, we were impressed with the layout, the various displays, and we both recommend a stop.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

A lovely and FREE place to enjoy nature, take the dog for a walk or run a trail. Particularly beautiful in the spring and fall- I don't like the bugs in the summer. Lovely creek for younger kids to play in.

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Staunton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The local competition in the Triangle is tough; nicer gardens and nicer hiking. I think the name fools the casual since it sounds like the best in the state. That being said, there are nice features to this garden for the local area. The education space and rooms are nice. The sustainability is a nice example and training tool -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

the botanical garden emphasizes plants from all regions of North Carolina in an organized stroll. Often there is sculpture on display; changing throughout the year.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Most Botanic Gardens I've visited have required hours to walk through and cost $ the second you enter the grounds. NOT THIS ONE!! The grounds are free! You can come wander peacefully through several compact venues. Grounds stay open after the buildings close in the summer so very tranquil...and did I say FREE? Lots of great kids/family programs, community friendly... More 

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