Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Daniel Boone Native Gardens • The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located near downtown Boone, North Carolina, contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season. Opened in 1963, the three-acre Daniel Boone Native Gardens are an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species.
A project of the Garden Club of North Carolina, these public gardens comprise a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, pond alongside the historic Squire Boone Cabin, and several grand vistas. Wrought-iron gates at the entrance were made by a descendant of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area. Dr. Annkatrin Rose, who teaches botany courses for the biology department at Appalachian State University, has taken stunning photos of the bugs and blooms in the Native Gardens. Click here to see an outstanding collection of Dr. Annkatrin Rose’s photos of The Daniel Boone Native Gardens.
High Country Audubon Society & Daniel Boone Native Gardens • Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the High Country Audubon Society have teamed together to sponsor monthly bird walks for the public in the Gardens. Walks are on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:30 AM.
Hours and Fees • The gardens are open daily, May 1st through October 31st. Admission is $2, ages 16 and up. Dogs are not permitted, except for service animals. Wheelchair access is available at the Rockery entrance. Please ask the attendant for assistance, or call ahead to arrange for assistance. Group tours can be provided, and the gardens are available for weddings and other events.
A History Of The Daniel Boone Native Gardens • “In March 1957 at a flower show in Hickory, North Carolina, H. Stuart Ortloff, landscape architect, discussed the difficulty of studying native plant material in North Carolina because of inaccessibility. Through an organized effort by the garden clubs in Boone, NC and the Garden Club of North Carolina, a plant sanctuary was planned and created in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The site would contain a wide collection of North Carolina native plant material and serve the dual purposes of conservation and education.” • Click here to read more about the history the Daniel Boone Native Gardens
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