All over North Carolina, families can bask in the beauty of the botanical gardens, and the Triangle area is certainly no exception! While we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors throughout the year, there is certainly no time to do so like the spring. So, whether you’re looking for a little alone relaxation, or you’re wanting to get the kids out of the house and teach them to admire the beauty of the area, take advantage of these breathtaking gardens throughout the Triangle this spring!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden – Fayetteville
- Nestled on 80-acres of land between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden boasts one-of-a-kind beauty along their scenic river trails and offers guided tours for those looking to learn more about their various species of plants.
- Open Monday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm (and until 7:00pm on Thursdays) and Sunday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Chatham Mills “Pollinator Paradise” Garden – Pittsboro
- Chatham Mills Garden is wonderful from both a beauty and purpose standpoint! The sole purpose of the garden is to use their 225 varied plants and flowers, all native to North Carolina, to attract butterflies and bees, and encourage pollination. As an added bonus, they also host a farmer’s market on Saturdays throughout the year!
- Due to its public location, the “Pollinator Paradise” Garden is open at any time!
Coker Arboretum – Chapel Hill
- Part of the famous North Carolina Botanical Garden, Coker Arboretum is an attraction within itself. Enjoy a beautiful day walking the various paths and take in the wildflowers, perennials, various trees, and much more. The kids will also enjoy the numerous open lawns and creeks around the five acres of land.
- Open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
JC Raulston Arboretum – Raleigh
- The arboretum displays and impressive 6,000+ types of plants, originating from over 50 countries around the world. There are also over ten different gardens throughout, showcasing “plants that diversify the American landscape”.
- Current hours are Monday – Friday from 12:00pm – 4:30pm.
Juniper Level Botanical Garden – Raleigh
- Juniper Level Botanical Garden is every plant lover’s dream and it’s no wonder why. There are over 30,000 species of plants, some off which are the only ones in the world!
- If you’re wanting to visit this botanical garden, you’ll want to mark your calendars early, as they’re only open for two weekends per season (eight total weekends per year), as well as for guests that request admittance in advance.
North Carolina Botanical Garden – Chapel Hill
- Easily the most popular and lavish botanical garden throughout the entire Triangle area! The botanical garden is full of areas that will both entertain and educate guests about the beauty and wonder of nature, both local to North Carolina, as well as other areas around the world. Aside from the expansive habitats throughout the grounds, there are also wonderful walking trails and a children’s garden to let the kids get their hands dirty!
- Current hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The Garden is also closed on university holidays.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens – Durham
- When these gardens open back up to the public, you’ll want to make time to go for a visit! The impressive 55-acres of gardens are home to beautiful florals from all over the globe. Regardless of the season, you’ll enjoy a stress-free walk through the various paths that span five miles.
- Currently closed due to the pandemic but they’re hopeful to be opening back up soon! When they do open back up, their normal business hours are 8:00am – dusk, Monday through Sunday.
The Arboretum at Johnston Community College – Smithfield
- This arboretum prides itself on educating its guests on how to properly and effectively preserve hundreds of plant and flower species that are native to North Carolina. For a relaxing afternoon, take advantage of their trails located along the Southern Garden.
- Open in the late spring.
The Raleigh Rose Garden – Raleigh
- The rose garden in Raleigh is always open to the public and is one of the only three accredited rose gardens in the state. Guests will be in awe of the beauty that is over sixty different rose beds!
- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Wilson Botanical Garden – Wilson
- A little outside of the Triangle but well worth the drive. This garden is, in total, 11-acres, one of which is a “secret” garden dedicated to the fascination of children. Complete with tunnels, rain walls, tire swings, a labyrinth and much more, they won’t want to leave! Among many other designations, they also house a garden specified for medicinal and culinary herbs.
- Open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.
If you’re looking for a different kind of outing while the kids are on spring break, or you’re hoping to add more adventure to your weekends, enjoying these gardens throughout the community are the perfect way to get out this spring!