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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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A Quiet Oasis Close to Downtown

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Janet M
Fairview, North Carolina
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Fairview, North Carolina
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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!

Thank Patricia_Travels7
Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank azure30tx
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Benjamin H
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 16 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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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is a natural landscaped garden. There is a large variety of native trees and plants, along with a man made pond and a small creek. Great for family walk, several great trails. We take family photos here every year. A must see.

Thank Yuliya T
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Wonderful place to go and read a book, or take a walk. Need to just unwind from your day? This is a great place to go.

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asheville, nc
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you want to stay close to downtown but still get out in nature, the Botanical Garden cannot be beat! It's even better with kids, there is plenty of room for them to run around, and slide down the banks to wade in the streams. This is a peaceful place with gorgeous native plants. We have seen big black snakes... More 

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Encinitas, California
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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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