Duke Gardens Reopen to Visitors Today

A bee explores an Allium sphaerocephalon, also known as round-headed garlic or leek, as it begins to flower.

What’s the buzz? After closing for over a year due to the pandemic, Sarah P. Duke Gardens reopen to the public today! Visitors can stroll through 55 acres of award-winning gardens, featuring native plants, endangered species and over 5 miles of pathways to enjoy. 

Planning a visit? Here’s what you need to know before you go: 

  • The Gardens are open daily! The specialized gardens are open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to dusk — no reservations or tickets required. If you want to bring your furry friends, dog-walking hours are before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Walking tours and other events are not offered at this time, but online programs are available.
  • Parking is limited. Due to capacity restrictions, parking will only be available in the Gardens’ parking lot, for $2 per hour. No overflow parking will be permitted in nearby lots. Keep your plans flexible or plan your visit for a weekday to avoid any peak time parking stress. 
  • Bring your own water and snacks. The Terrace Café, Terrace Shop, and vending machines remain closed, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own drinks and snacks. Make sure you keep the garden clean by carrying your trash with you when you leave!
  • Stay safe and social distance. Visitors are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot distance at all times during their visit. Masks are required in restrooms and any time social distancing is not possible in popular outdoor areas. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Gardens. 
  • Enjoy the gardens! Learn about native plants, enjoy spacious outdoor seating in two amphitheaters, and stop and smell the roses in the Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden. The Gardens are a perfect spot for horticulture experts and bloom beginners alike.

For more information on Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Phase 2 reopening plan, visit their website. Get more tips and see photos of the gardens from the Cary Magazine team.

See hydrangeas in bloom at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *