So if you had enough time to visit only one more garden in the Raleigh-Durham area, where would you go?
Such was the quandary I found myself in as Mr. Red House and I visited North Carolina for the last foreseeable time to pack up our (sold! woohoo!) house. Though it wasn't really that much of a quandary - I've long wanted to visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in nearby Durham.
|Yep, it's that amazing!|
(I wish I could say this was me, frolicking amongst the flowers, but, well, it's a slightly more talented performer than myself..)
The wisteria-covered pergola is the crown of the Terraces (and a prime spot for wedding photos). Steps lead down...
...through lush terraces...
... and down to a koi-filled pool.
Did I mention it was impressive?
In total contrast, the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, another section of the Duke Gardens, had a much more unorganized, natural feel, being essentially a 6.5 acre woodland garden.
Opened in the 1960's, this garden holds more than 900 species and varieties of plants native to the Southeast.
Many of these plants were rescued from land that was being developed, and it also holds some rare and endangered plant species.
This garden is very wildlife friendly, and has a large, um, squirrel-feeding station?
We only had time to walk through a section of this garden. It is too bad this is the first time I have gotten the chance to see it - I would have loved to see the different native plants blooming at different times of the year!
So if you ever get the chance to visit the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina, definitely check out the Duke Gardens. I was so glad I finally got the chance!