Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The NC Arboretum

434 Acre Public Garden  within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

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The Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including:

  • A 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails

  • Engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits that cultivate connections between people and plants

  • One of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden

  • An innovative Production Greenhouse and Operations Center

  • Activities such as Discovery Day Packs and special events that delight the senses for all ages

Parking is only $8 per personal vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle, and $50 for buses. Cash and check are accepted at the Gatehouse; Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Gatehouse but limited to parking fee only. Parking is free all day the first Tuesday of each month; parking is always free for members.



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