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North Carolina Arboretum

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North Carolina Arboretum Review

Part of the original Biltmore Estate, these 434 acres completed Frederick Law Olmsted's dream of creating a world-class arboretum in the western part of North Carolina. The Arboretum is affiliated with the University of North Carolina. Highlights include southern Appalachian flora in stunning settings, such as the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden, with bedding plants arranged in patterns reminiscent of Appalachian quilts, and sculptures set among the gardens. The Arboretum has a total of 65 acres of cultivated gardens. A 10-mi network of trails is available for walking or mountain biking. A bonsai exhibit features miniature versions of many native trees. The 16,000-square-foot Baker Exhibit Center hosts traveling exhibits on art, science, and history. Dogs are welcome on the grounds but must be leashed.

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  • Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 10 mi southwest of downtown Asheville, at Blue Ridge Pkwy. (MM 393), near I–26 and I–40, South Metro, Asheville, NC, 28806 | Map It
  • Phone: 828/665–2492
  • Cost: Free, $8 parking fee
  • Hours: Visitor and exhibit center: daily 9-5. Gardens and grounds: Apr.-Oct., daily 8 am-9 pm; Nov.-Mar., daily 8-7
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  • Location: Asheville
Updated: 09-22-2012

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