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Botanical Gardens at Asheville

151 Wt Weaver Blvd, Asheville, NC 28804-3414
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Enjoy bit of nature

I enjoyed an unplanned stop. Small but nice. More of a wooded ramble than a garden. There were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Atlanta, GA
Not much to see

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cumming, Georgia
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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 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 10 July 2017

My brother picked spot to visit after seeing it online. It obviously looked better online..not much vegetation. Log cabin was the highlight but you can't go inside. Wouldn't drive up from Charlotte to come here again but locally, it's a nice place for walks.

Thank Adriana R
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Modest, rustic, woodsy botanical garden adjacent to UNC Asheville’s campus and a quick drive from downtown. Many of us think of carefully manicured gardens when seeing the words “botanical garden” so this one surprised us with how different it was. We enjoyed our walk around...More

1  Thank guavasorbet
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Great small garden. Fun to walk around. Blooms seasonally. Plan to spend at least 45 mins there. Great nature/gift shop with Bathroom. Wear bug spray and bring your camera.

Thank Zenmojo
Reviewed 18 June 2017

While it is free to visit there seemed to have more weeds than botanicals of interest. It was a nice 15 minute stop.

Thank m4teer
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

The gardens were lovely and peaceful. You almost forgot you were in the city. At first it seemed it would be a short hike but there are multiple paths branching off and we were able to put in 2 miles without retracing all our steps....More

Thank SarahPU
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is probably one of the best botanical gardens I have been to for outdoor flowers and plants. It is a gorgeous setting outside of the city, nestled in the foothills. Not only are the flowering beds quite beautiful, there is a lot of good...More

1  Thank Michelle D
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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.