The public garden began in the early 1930s when a small garden was planted in the valley on the edge of Duke University’s western campus. In 1937, with a donation from Mary Duke Biddle, this place became 55 acres of land. This includes landscape architect Ellen Shipman (Ellen Shipman) covering nearly 12 acres of terraced gardens.
At the top of the seven stone walled terraces there is a round pergola covered with wisteria, bulbs and perennials bloom along the axis, which overlooks the plateau, and finally a pond. The rhythm of the stairs is the axis, which unites garden statues and fountains. Shipman’s planting plan ended with incomplete burning on the terraces where most of the perennials were not growing, but many cherries, cynomolgus monkeys and shrubs survived, giving the garden a color and texture.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens has created an environment of learning, inspiration and fun for learning in the central area of Duke University through exceptional gardening skills and community contributions.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a prestigious program that offers visitors special experiences, improves the art of gardening, demonstrates leadership in nature maintenance and provides innovative programs. It is recognized as a public park. The garden plays an important role in Duke University’s life and values, providing you with a comfortable and beautiful environment that will keep you away from everyday life.