This Day Trip is perfect for Garden Gurus, Nature Lovers and even Photographers. It features a morning visit to Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham and an afternoon visit to Plant Delights in Raleigh. “Duke” Gardens as it is more commonly known is a world class botanic garden on the campus of Duke University that has been enchanting visitors for over 75 years. Each trip participant receives a “What’s In Bloom” self-guided map designed to customize your time and experience in the gardens. Visitor favorites include the famous Historic Terrace Gardens, the Asiatic Arboretum and the Page-Rollins White Garden. During the afternoon we are treated to a private, educational, guided tour at Plant Delights, considered one of the Top 7 online Nurseries in the Country of rare, and unusual perennials, exotic plants, cold hardy tropical plants and native plants, The Nursery was founded by Tony Avent, renowned plantsman, author and speaker. Perhaps you have seen or read about him in Southern Living, Martha Stewart or Almanac Gardener? Trip participants will receive nursery catalogs or can even place orders in advance and pick-up their beauties during our visit.
7:30am - Rise & Shine and board the bus for the Duke Gardens in Durham
Approx. 10:30am - Experience the Duke Gardens with a self-guided "What's in Bloom" map. Participate in the "As You Walk: Colors" program designed to engage visitors in seeing the Gardens in even more detail.
Approx. 12noon - Lunch on own in Durhams' Brightleaf District. There are several restaurants to choose from. My favorite is Parker & Otis which is a huge warehouse that offers a delicious, quick lunch as well as a very eclectic gift shop filled with books, cards, candy, toys and gourmet food items. It's just a fun place!
2:30pm - Guided tour of Plant Delights - This is an educational tour that can be tailored to your interests. This is one of the top online nurseries in the country so we're in for a real treat!
Approx. 4:00pm - Travel east back to St. James Plantation with an approximate arrival time of 6:30pm