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North Carolina Botanical Garden

100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517 USA

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“Gorgeous spot for the entire family”

The North Carolina Botanical Garden (about 700 acres (2.8 km2), plus 210 acres (0.85 km2) of nature preserves) is a botanical garden operated by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. The primary goal of the Garden is to research, catalog, and promote the native plant species of North Carolina. Admission is free, and the Garden is open seven days a week, with special educational programs offered regularly.The history of the Garden begins in 1903, when Professor William Chambers Coker began planting trees and shrubs on the central campus. In 1952, the Trustees of the university dedicated 70 acres (280,000 m2) forested for development of a botanical garden. An additional 103 acres (0.42 km2) were donated by William Lanier Hunt. Considerable additions and expansion of the Garden took place from the 1960s onward. The most recent expansion effort is a sustainable Visitor Education Center, designed by architect Frank Hampton. Today the Garden comprises 14 collections and display gardens, containing some 5,900 accessions representing about 2,500 species of the 4,700 plant species known to be native or naturalized in North and South Carolina.

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June 30, 2014

ABsolutely stunning! The carnivorous plants section is fantastic! Love that this spot is 100% free too!

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Closed on Mondays!

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North Carolina Botanical Garden

100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
27517 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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