Duke Gardens reopens to the public

Duke Gardens entered its second phase of reopening on Tuesday June 1st, opening up to the public with limited capacity. After being closed to the public for 445 consecutive days, families stood at the gates waiting for the gardens to open and were greeted by Duke Gardens employees. Lined by applauding staff, the first visitors enter through the front gate of Sarah P. Duke Gardens at 8am on Tuesday June 1, 2021.
The Miller family of Raleigh (Duane and Victoria with sons Emerson, 5, and Langston, 10) enjoyed a morning walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the first day of the gardens' reopening. “I created a garden on my patio at home and didn’t realize until I got here that I was recreating what I was missing here,” said Duane Miller of the vegetable, herb and plant garden he planted in March 2020, right after the lockdown.

 

Irises are in full bloom in Duke Gardens.

The gardens are now open to the public from 8 a.m. to dusk, but parking will be limited and no buses, limousines or group visits can be accommodated in this phase. Visitors are only required to wear face masks in crowded areas and indoor spaces like bathrooms, but they should still try to maintain a distance of six feet from others in the gardens.

Visitors enjoy a morning walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Terraces on the first day of the reopening to the community.
"We are thrilled to welcome the public back to Duke Gardens, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we worked toward this day." said Duke Gardens executive director Bill LeFevre. "We look forward to seeing visitors once again enjoying the beauty and serenity of this beloved botanic garden."

 

The Miller family of Raleigh (Duane and Victoria with sons Emerson, 5, and Langston, 10) enjoy a morning walk through the Sarah P. Duke Gardens' first day of reopening to the public.
 

A heron takes a dip in Duke Gardens.
 

Rowland Kauffman-Eggers, 2, enjoys a view of the lake from the Meyer Bridge, with mom Stephanie Kauffman, in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on June 1st, 2021.
 

A bumblebee visits a flower in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
 

Karen Kim, 11, and her sister, Eileen, 15, visiting from Austin, photograph flowers during a visit to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens.