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8 North Carolina Arboretums & Gardens

Old North State is a scenic East Coast escape, and if you’ve got a green thumb or an interest in botanical gardens and arboretums, then North Carolina is the place for you.

Home to spots like the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Elizabethan Gardens, NC features some ideal attractions for you green-thumbed visitors. Here are eight gardens and arboretums across North Carolina.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Set in North Carolina’s western mountains region, the Botanical Gardens at Asheville is just one of the many things to do in Asheville. The 10-acre Asheville Botanical Gardens features over 700 species – plus this place is free, and open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Craggy Gardens

Another spot in Asheville near the Appalachian Mountains, the Craggy Gardens is found along the Blue Ridge Parkway. More of an open areas near the U.S. 70 exit, Craggy Gardens is a Natural Heritage Area featuring the Craggy Picnic Area, a Visitor Center, and plenty of hiking trails and scenic overlooks. Be sure to trek the Craggy Pinnacle Trail and the Douglas Falls Trail.

NC Arboretums & Gardens

Elizabethan Gardens

Elizabethan Gardens

If you’re looking for some gardens in the OBX region, check out Elizabethan Gardens in the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on the North Carolina coast. The Garden Club of North Carolina manages this 10-acre site, which features over 500 species of plants and 85 varieties of Camellias. Elizabethan Gardens is open daily year round, and there is a separate entrance fee from Fort Raleigh.

Greensboro Arboretum

A gem of the North Carolina Piedmont region, the free Greensboro Arboretum features 14 plant collections and gardens across 17 acres in Greensboro. Check out the Beeson Rhododendron Garden and the R.R. Allen Family Butterfly Garden & Fountain, or hit the Woodland Trail in the Shade Garden Collection.

JC Raulston Arboretum

Open daily and free to the public, the 10-acre JC Raulston Arboretum is found on campus at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Display gardens include the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden, the Klein-Pringle White Garden, and the Xeric Garden – while attractions include the Annual Color Trial, the Lath House, and the A. E. Finley Rooftop Terrace.

NC Arboretums & Gardens

Woodland Trail

North Carolina Arboretum

A major arboretum of the Carolinas, the North Carolina Arboretum spans 434 acres in western NC – again near Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This free arboretum in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest is open daily, and is known for the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden, the National Native Azalea Repository, and the North Carolina Arboretum bonsai collection.

North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Covering 700 acres, the North Carolina Botanical Gardens is located in Chapel Hill, and is managed by the University of North Carolina. Originating with the Coker Garden in 1903, the NCBG has now expanded to 14 collections and gardens, including the 90-acre Battle Park, and the Garden of Flowering Plant Families. NCBG is also free and open daily to the public.

The Gardens at Old Salem

A fascinating showcase of Moravian life from 1769 to 1847, the Gardens at Old Salem is a major historic site in Winston-Salem. Historic gardens here include the Single Brothers' Garden, Garden on the Triebel Lot, Miksch Garden, and the Family Gardens of Salt Street.


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501 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805-1824
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1595 Mechanical Boulevard, Garner NC 27529-2536
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2006 Veasley Street, Greensboro NC 27407-4638
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7800 National Service Road, Greensboro NC 27409-9667
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107 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills NC 27948-7892
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