Monday, May 28, 2018

Sarah Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus

Chapel Hill is only a quick four hour drive from here. Visiting the Sarah Duke gardens on Duke University's campus  has been on  my wish list for about a year, so we finally made the trip.  

A rainy day made visiting the gardens a bit of a challenge, but they were still beautiful. 

 A rainy moment at the entrance.  
 Foxglove, allium and roses- such a beautiful combination.

The rainy day made some of the images look more vivid.

I am loving this close up of the fox gloves.  I may have to frame it.

I didn't realize that there were so many types of allium.

The mixture of plants gave me many ideas for my own flower borders.

The gardens were started in the 1930's and have continued to evolve. 
 Today there are over 5 miles of walking paths to enjoy.  

We ducked under these Patrick Dougherty woven sculptures during a down pour. 

 A visit to the Duke campus needs to include the majestic Duke Chapel.
The Chapel was completed in 1932.

The large long sanctuary is architecturally gorgeous.  

One feels as if they are in England instead of in North Carolina. 

We happened to be in the chapel without anyone  else- a rare moment for these pictures to be taken.


Linda said...

What a wonderful trip. I really want to go there.

MarmePurl said...

Prettiest rainy day garden ever.

Linda said...

Such exquisite photos of the flowers--thank you. Never been to North Carolina and wasn't even aware that Duke University was there with those fabulous gardens. Thank you for sharing !

Christy said...

You had rain and we had a full weekend of glorious weather....but I'm still jealous of all the places you find and visit. The Duke Chapel is gorgeous. I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to sit on your screened porch and listen to the rain.

Jill said...

The Duke garden is spectacular any time of year!— I love walking thru it and seeing what a mature garden looks like at all times!— truly inspirational!

Laurell Banner said...

So much to see and do in your part of the country. Can you imagine how beautiful a wedding would be in that chapel.

Ian's Girl said...

Hoping you are staying dry and safe in the storms!

Linda Lee said...

I am still surprised at all the sights that keep popping up in the Carolina's. Your right it does look like it belongs in England. You are doing a beautiful job capturing the beauty of it.