Monday, May 15, 2017

North Carolina Botanical Garden

May 4, 2017

I've made no secret of my love of visiting gardens, so naturally when I found myself with a full free day I made the drive up to Chapel Hill to visit the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The garden sprawls out over a little more than a square mile of land and has been a center for conservation for more than 40 years. The area is split into geographically specific sections such as coastal plains, savannah and dry climate plants, carnivorous species, herbs (kitchen and otherwise), mountain plants, etc. The natural landscape is, of course, forested, so the mix of natural and artificial landscaping kept the area cool enough an hour's exploration.

I know very little about plant specifics and enjoy just wandering around beautiful natural areas so I was happy enough with a paper map, but for those more interested in learning something about the plants, they are meticulously labeled and the garden has signs posted everywhere for further botanical information.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is free to the public and is open every day except Mondays and holidays. 

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