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“Wonderful Spot”

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Ranked #39 of 185 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Shallotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We had two little ones with us (2 and 3) and we spent a wonderful hour or so just wandering the trails, looking at the flowers, crossing the streams on wooden bridges and having an impromptu snack picnic in the meadow, all right in the middle of the civilization.

Visited June 2014
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Anderson, South Carolina
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An Overgrown Forest”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

We've been to many botanical gardens, and walking through here just felt like walking through a park. Don't go out of your way because there's really nothing special there. It was a hot day, so we at least enjoyed having a cool place to take a walk.

Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas
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83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Absolutely beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

The Botanical Gardens in Asheville was the first stop on our week-long vacation to Maggie Valley. This is a must-see attraction if you enjoy strolling through a beautiful, well-kept garden. There's a cafe inside the Education Center, but it was closed on the day we visited (Monday). Everything was in full bloom, and the weather couldn't have been better (although at times it looked like the bottom was going to fall out). We always plan our vacations just before or just after peak times, so there were very few people there, too. A very pleasant way to spend a spring afternoon!

Visited May 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
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82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Sweet Gardens in the heart of a Bustling University”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Loved strolling in this little garden area.It was a nice surprise to find in a metropolitan area and within a university.

Visited March 2014
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Ashevile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice walking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed walking down by the river. I don't think we were there at the right time to see tons of things in bloom but none the less it was still a very nice place to be outside and relax by the water and take some pictures.

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