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It is free to visit but parking is $14. Well worth it. The grounds are well laid out, quiet and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jim S
Walterboro, South Carolina, United States
via mobile
Beautiful gardens.

I enjoyed the North Carolina Arboretum and the flower beds made to attract butterflies. The Bonsai... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Carla K
Dayton, Ohio
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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.
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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is free to visit but parking is $14. Well worth it. The grounds are well laid out, quiet and relaxing. If you love plants, gardens, or natural landscaping, definitely stop here. Even if you don’t, it’s peacefulness is a welcome escape from the everyday...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 5 days ago

I enjoyed the North Carolina Arboretum and the flower beds made to attract butterflies. The Bonsai Garden was very pretty as well.

Thank Carla K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved the bonsai exhibit. Trails around the property were well maintained. Very neat gift shop. Great value for the price since they charge per car.

Thank Brook P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got in to Asheville late and most places were closed. Luckily, this place closed at 9. The main buildings were closed but we were able to walk many trails and check out the gorgeous gardens. It was half price Tuesday so i think we...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a hot day and we did not want to spend $75 a head to go to the Biltmore but we found this gem. Lots of shade and lots of plants to see. Bonsai section was really cool, There were a lot of trails...More

Thank RamblingBadger
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A perfect place to spend the day , pack a picnic and eat in one of the many gardens . Very well maintained, loved the trails and the Bonsai exhibit.

Thank Santosmommy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very interested to see the arboretum because we tend a large formal garden at home. There was a cool artsy fountain that wasn't running and the water looked nasty. We also viewed informal acrobats who performed to music. The gardens were full of...More

Thank LivingTheDream108
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a lot of ground to cover but this is a very enjoyable place to visit. The various formal gardens are very nice and there are plenty of trails and areas where you can get away from people and enjoy a more natural experience....More

Thank violiner
Reviewed 1 week ago

My second visit - I love walking the grounds with my camera. There are many trails to hike, great exhibits and a well-stocked gift shop with items that you actually want to purchase. The Arboretum is a "must visit" spot for anyone coming to Asheville!

Thank R6090TNrichardo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've lived here 2 years and Judy recently visited the Arboretum for the first time.It was fascinating! The quilt garden was so impressive and we truly enjoyed the Bonsai tree garden. The miniature train town was adorable. It was an overcast day and not too...More

Thank Karen M
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4 August 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
We found it to be a perfect place to take our dog! Only issue is that you'll need two adults if you plan to go inside any of the buildings: 1 to stay with your dog, 1 to go inside. We also had difficulty finding water for... More
8 June 2018|
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Response from Gray G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is! Note that if you bring a dog along, the dog is not allowed in the exhibit.
16 October 2017|
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Response from Martha H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, but someone at the arboretum can answer your question: either at the entry booth or in the Visitor Center.