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Best Time to Visit Gardens in Triangle?

Posted by mikesc SC Zone 8 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 7, 14 at 16:48

Hi,
I'd like to travel up from Myrtle Beach to the Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh area to visit local gardens. I am thinking about the last week in April, but would like advice as to whether mid-May might be better. I have time off from work only in those weeks. I know that it gets colder up there than at the coast, so any helpful advice as to when most bloom is occurring would be appreciated.

Mike


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RE: Best Time to Visit Gardens in Triangle?

It kinda depends on what you want to see. I think more stuff would be at peak bloom in early to mid May than late April but things are chuggin along right now. At least in May every tree will have its leaves out and it will really look like Spring has sprung.

NC Botanic Garden in Chapel Hill will look best early - for all the natives but Duke and the JC Raulston Arboretum will look better later for the big perennial borders. If you want to see masses of bulbs then earlier at Duke would be better - but they should still look great in mid May too.


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