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Old 09-12-2010, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Where, in your opinion, is the best spot in Duke Gardens for a picnic? The picnic basket I have is pretty heavy... especially when it's full of food! I want to have a spot planned out so when we get there we can go directly to it, rather than walking all over the place in search of a good spot to picnic and play a few card games. We'll be going around 4pm sometime next week since they close at 6. Thanks!
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I'm fond of the "South Lawn" of the Terrace Gardens -- nice big open grassy field. Entering from the main entrance/parking lot, you'll go left at the Rose garden circle, and follow that path all the way down. Probably any good picnic spot is going to be a bit of a hike, so maybe invest in a wheelie cart of some kind. :-)

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Somewhere far away from the ducks. They swarmed us once during a picnic but we were right next to the water. Hehe.
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I'm fond of the "South Lawn" of the Terrace Gardens -- nice big open grassy field. Entering from the main entrance/parking lot, you'll go left at the Rose garden circle, and follow that path all the way down. Probably any good picnic spot is going to be a bit of a hike, so maybe invest in a wheelie cart of some kind. :-)

The Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Yes, I would agree, this is the best spot. Great trees for shade if you need them, but nice sunny spaces..........

Leigh
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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can I come too? What are we having?
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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On the hill behind the goldfish pond, overlooking the pond and the terraced gardens leading up the pergola.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Be sure to visit some of the more "off the beaten track" spots there too! We love this bird-watching spot off in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and not far from that spot is a cement gazebo at a pond full of frogs and turtles.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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South Lawn is my rec as well.

Why not put that thing on a cart or something? You can get those foldable carts at wall mart that carry file boxes pretty cheap and they are easy to handle and store.
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