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Sun May 26, 2013, 03:25 PM

 

Pics I took on Friday at Duke Gardens

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Reply Pics I took on Friday at Duke Gardens (Original post)
Triana May 2013 OP
gateley May 2013 #1
Buzz Clik May 2013 #2
Triana May 2013 #3
Frustratedlady May 2013 #4
Triana May 2013 #6
NRaleighLiberal May 2013 #5
Triana May 2013 #7
Ednahilda May 2013 #8
Triana May 2013 #9
Ednahilda May 2013 #10
KC May 2013 #11
Triana May 2013 #12
KC May 2013 #13
gateley May 2013 #14

Response to Triana (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:31 PM

1. Wow! Beautiful!

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:33 PM

2. As in Duke University?

 

Someone you know graduated?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #2)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:37 PM

3. Yea - that place.

 

No, no one I know. Just happened to be there with a camera and took advantage of the Spring beauty.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:51 PM

4. Lovely photos.

Where are the gardens located? We went through some beautiful areas around Asheville, but I don't recall the name. I took many close-up photos of some of their flowers in August and framed them in black frames with white matting. Love them.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:57 PM

6. Duke University - West Campus, Durham n/t

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 03:55 PM

5. gorgeous! we love the Duke gardens...reminds me we need to go!

This is the DU member formerly known as NRaleighLiberal.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #5)

Sun May 26, 2013, 04:01 PM

7. You should go now...everything blooming

 

Some sections redesigned or new - I didn't even get to all of it in 2 hours!

I especially loved the Allium, and the turtles. In one photo, one of them is sitting on a rock with his hind leg up - not sure why, but he was just sitting there like that. Turtle yoga?

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:22 PM

8. I'm only familiar with the Duke Gardens

in Hillsborough, New Jersey, but I don't know if it's still open.

Years ago, I brought some elderly German relatives there for a visit - Germans are almost as fanatical as the English when it comes to their gardens. None of them spoke a single word of English, so I went along to translate. Fortunately for me, all of the aunts and uncles recognized almost all of the flowers, because my vocabulary of horticultural German was woefully thin and I didn't know the names in English or German. It was a lovely, lovely place.

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Response to Ednahilda (Reply #8)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:25 PM

9. I don't know what most of the flowers, trees and shrubs are at this one.

 

I know a few of them. The rest I just remain puzzled about. They have a good number of them labeled at the one in NC -- but not all. I get annoyed when I really am fascinated with some of them but there's no sign or label near them. Argh. They change so often though, there's probably no way to label them all.

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Response to Triana (Reply #9)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:06 PM

10. I can't remember if they were well marked

at the New Jersey Duke Gardens, but I do recall that the guides were wonderfully informative. I thought I heard that the gardens in NJ had closed after Doris Duke passed away. What a shame! They were really beautiful.

I always appreciate it when gardens do mark the plants with the common name and the Latin name. I have to give Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts kudos for this; they're very careful about labeling everything in their very large herb garden and having historical interpreters on hand at the kitchen garden who really know their stuff. It's so much more pleasurable when I know what I'm looking at.

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Response to Triana (Reply #9)

Mon May 27, 2013, 12:37 AM

11. What are

those gorgeous ones, white and also purple that look like long bells? And then the one that's fascinating is #16 like a star blast or something. lol. Beautiful but really odd!

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Response to KC (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:23 AM

12. I think those are Foxglove (what digitalis is made from)

 



The 'star blast' one is a variety of Allium called "Stars of Persia": http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/allium-christophii-albopilosum-stars-of-persia.aspx

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Response to Triana (Reply #12)

Mon May 27, 2013, 08:14 PM

13. Foxglove

I couldn't think of the name! Thank you.
I love the other one too.

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 08:26 AM

14. Just looked at some again -- these are SO BEAUTIFUL!

I lived in NC for 5 years and never went to Duke Gardens!

Thanks for letting me see them through you!

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