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21 Day Outdoors – Duke Gardens

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.

I think I’m among the majority of residents that share the opinion that Duke Gardens is the most beautiful spot in the Triangle. The 55 acre horticulture garden set on Duke University campus certainly is one of the most photographed places in the Triangle. When spring sets in, it seems the garden burst at the seams with blooms as well as people taking advantage of the free access the garden affords visitors. Sunshine and open spaces entice us to explore every inch. There are four specialized gardens within Duke Gardens, five miles of paths and dozens of benches in shady alcoves that allow the visitor to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Also, there are special programs, educational opportunities and events at the gardens. This Tuesday Duke Performances “Music in the Gardens” summer series begins a special series of Merge Records artists (to celebrate the local record company’s 25th anniversary). The concerts take place rain or shine on the lawn behind the Doris Duke Center (the lawn will open 30 minutes before showtime). Parking for the event is free after 5 pm. Lawnchairs, picnics and blankets are encouraged (but leave the dog at home, please). For Tuesday night’s show Palace International will sell food & beverages (including beer & wine). 

On any day of the week the gardens are open 8 am to dusk, seven days a week, 365 days a year and admission is free (though parking may not be depending on the time of day). Visit the Duke Gardens website for more details and beautiful photos. Like their Facebook page and follow along on Twitter to learn more about events and activities in this Durham oasis.


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