Thursday October 16, 2008 The Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Stealing away on a beautiful fall morning with friends from my neighborhood garden club to stroll and tour The Sarah P. Duke Gardens was almost sinful.  Too often we’re too busy to just stroll and feel the moment.  Making the time to visit The Sarah P. Duke Gardens was worth the effort.  We had a beautiful fall day with an Indian Summer feel to the air, even though it wasn’t an official one.

It had been a while since I went to Duke gardens.  It is a peaceful place to be.

The Entrance

Bloomquist Garden of Native Plants

The Terrace Gardens

The Culberson Asiatic Arboretum

Teien-Oike Garden Pond

Teien-Oike Garden Pond

Pond Spillway

Pond Spillway

The Iris Bridge

The Iris Bridge

Iris ensata 'Center of Attention'

Ginger Lily Hedychium

One whiff of this Japanese Iris “Center of Attention’ and the saying becomes…”stop and smell the Ginger Lilies.”  Beautiful as well!

Tour goes from the Coley Forest North Garden Club

Tour goers from the Coley Forest North Garden Club

Here are the happy ladies from the Coley Forest North Garden Club, Raleigh, NC



  1. Nancy Locker said

    What a delightful morning the ladies of the Coley Forest North Garden Club had at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. Accompanied by a garden historian and our own Helen Yoest, we enjoyed a full overview of the history of the garden’s development as well as an explanation of many of the varieties of plants, perennials and roses we saw while there. I am still puzzling over the Ruellia planted in the middle of a water garden, though!

    Nancy Locker
    Coley Forest North Garden Club member

  2. Funny you should mention that Nancy, it has been puzzeling me, as well. It just so happens I was doing a book review of Steve Bender and Felder Rushing’s book on Passalong Plants. It came out in 1993 and I still like to thumb through it for a good read, information and a laugh. So, flipping through to Wild About Petunias (Ruellia sp.), Felder wirtes, “…Mexican petunia also thrives in wet, poorly drained soils.” We can attest to it thriving in standing water!

    As we all know, this pretty passalong is also very drought tolerant.

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