Duke Gardens Are Now Closed To The Public

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

After 43 years of operation, Duke Gardens were closed to the public in 2008. After an extensive strategic planning process and the beginning of a transitional phase, the 2,740-acre property at Duke Farms has refocused its programs and operations to become an environmental showcase and learning center. Since 2012, visitors have begun their trip to Duke Farms at a newly renovated "green" orientation center, housed in a 22,000-square-foot building known as the Farm Barn. From there, visitors can embark on numerous paths or hop aboard sustainably-powered trams to explore the property's diverse landscapes and habitats. A re-configured version of the display gardens now inhabits a different greenhouse conservatory, renovated to improve the energy-efficiency and environmental sustainability of the gardens. The gardens have expand to include an expansive outdoor component." Read more....

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This story was first published: Spring, 1999