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Old 04-07-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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HI ALL

I am new to the area and wanted some opinions about the best time to visit Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham. I read they have some non-native plants, so it seems incomplete to judge based on the status of local flowering plants. When would a visitor be most awed?

Answer I expect at this point: "It is beautiful all year! Any time is a good time to go!" *DO NOT WANT*

Just pretend some very busy anthophile from Japan plans to visit the Triangle exclusively to see and photograph the Duke gardens (which will be featured in Raleigh-Durham's portfolio for Japanese foreign-investment) , and she is politely asking when she should book her plane tickets. If she was interested in early April, would you suggest waiting until some time in May?

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Old 04-07-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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April is definitely the most gorgeous time to visit the gardens at Duke. Do not wait until May. To get the most stellar photographs, you need to go while the wisteria arbor is covered in blossoms (this year, that is happening right now). Tulips, azalea bushes, and flowering trees are also in bloom right now.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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It is pretty spectacular now, if not a bit past peak with the flowering trees.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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I was there yesterday. It is not too early.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Not to hijack the thread, but what is the Doris Duke center? Is it a must see?
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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We went last week, it was GORGEOUS!!!
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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it is GORGEOUS. You may also want to take a side trip to the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill - entirely different experience, I go at least 3 times a year - jan, mar, may - gorgeous all 3.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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Definitely gorgeous, just saw a great blue heron there last Saturday morning, right by the water of the Asian garden. The wisteria wasn't blooming yet in the awning - maybe this weekend ?
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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Definitely going this weekend! It's been a while since I've been.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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It is different every month, so it's hard to say. I think it's maybe most beautiful in the fall, but the wisteria on the pergola is beautiful just around now. I went a couple of weekends ago, and it was a bit early - just the early bulbs in the terraces, along with pansies and other hardy plants. Plus, the fish pond was drained, and I missed seeing the koi.
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