We were so excited to find this lovely place near UNC’s campus with loads of kid-friendly play spots and little secret garden features to explore. The NC Botanical Garden manages around 700 acres of incredible collections filling every kind of garden habitat you can imagine, including the Coker Arboretum, Forest Theatre, Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park and other natural areas. Right off of highway 501, ,you will find a visitors center and array of display gardens, including carnivorous plants, fern collection, flowering plant area, and an walkway through bog and sandhills species. My kids loved smelling the vast vast collection of herbs in the Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden, and the sweet sculptures and water feature there make it a really fun place to explore. Just for the kids, there is a discovery garden, with wooden blocks, weaving, a sand box and a fairy garden. For the little ornithologists, a Bird Blind overlooks a special garden just for the birds! It is a wonderful place, I hope you get to take a stroll through it soon!
Know Before You Go: There is a Visitor Center with bathrooms and a gift shop at the entrance to the display area. There are also restrooms at the work building near the herb garden.
Several of the gardens listed on the website are adjacent to each others, but some of the properties are located in other parts of the town.
There is no fee to visit. The gardens are open Tuesday-Sunday.