Step Into the Garden
Ongoing Dates – Contact Us to Book
$109 per person – Half-Day; $189 per person – Full-Day
Year-round, the Triangle region boasts nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned gardens that provide a delightful introduction to the rich botanical history of North Carolina. Join Visit NC Concierge to tour your choice of the following area gardens.
Step Into the Garden: Half Day Garden Tours
The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is a delightful introduction to one of North Carolina’s capital city’s crown jewels, North Carolina State University. Recognized on its website as a “nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeast,” the arboretum demonstrates biodiversity at its best. “Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes. The mission of the JC Raulston Arboretum is to introduce, display, and promote plants that diversify the American landscape, thereby benefiting our communities economically, environmentally, and aesthetically, as well as provide educational experiences to the general public, students of all ages, and the green industry.” We will explore these beautiful ten and a half contiguous acres that are a living laboratory for students and faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science.
Tour time: 4 hours / $99 per person
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a wonderful introduction to the region and its rich botanical history. The mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is “to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.” The university’s first botany professor, William Chambers Coker, began planting a teaching collection of trees and shrubs on the central campus in 1903. In 1952 the Trustees set aside 70 acres dedicated to botanical garden development. Today the garden comprises more than 700 acres as is recognized as the premier university-affiliated conservation garden in the United States.
Tour time: 4 hours / $99 per person
Welcoming any season with a tour of the world renowned Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a delightful way to spend time in the region known as North Carolina’s Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, & Chapel Hill). With a mission of creating and nurturing “an environment in the heart of Duke University for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture”, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens have been delighting garden lovers for more than 75 years. The “living collections promote knowledge of the vital connections between people and plants, fostering an appreciation of the natural world, environmental awareness and sustainable practices.”
Tour time: 4 hours / $109 per person
Full-Day Add-On Option
Our full-day Step Into the Garden Tours feature deluxe transportation to one of the gardens above, followed by a reboarding of the bus and transportation to the North Carolina Museum of Art*. The North Carolina Museum of Art was the first major museum collection in the United States formed by State legislation and funding when it opened in 1956. Upon arrival we’ll have lunch at Iris Cafe, “a sophisticated full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting.” Following lunch, guests are free to explore the museum, with its permanent collection and special exhibits, as well as its 164 acre Museum Park, the largest museum art park in the country, before returning to the meeting site.
Tour time: 6.5 hours / $80 additional per person
- Transportation via deluxe motor coach to one of the gardens above
- Docent-led tour
- All fees, taxes & gratuities
- Full-day add-on includes lunch and a docent-led tour of either the permanent collection or a special exhibit at the NC Museum of Art (to be determined when scheduling.)
Don’t just see North Carolina. Experience it.
*The NC Museum of Art is closed on Mondays.