Sarah P. Duke Gardens: Hanes' Dream, Sarah's Gift, Our Treasure

Visit the Perkins Gallery Display Cases


On Display: March 2009 - May 2009, Perkins Gallery

Sponsors: Duke University Archives and Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Opening Reception

April 9, 2009 4:30-6:30 P.M. in the Rare Book Room, Perkins Library

Videos Highlighting the Gardens

The playlist below includes three videos highlighting the gardens. The first video is a one minute silent video of the dedication. The remaining two videos are silent and range from four to twelve minutes in length.


Seventy-five years ago a doctor, walking to work at Duke Hospital,  was inspired by a debris-filled ravine.  Today, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, a 55 acre national attraction, welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year. This exhibit celebrates "the crown jewel of Duke University." Through photographs and artifacts from the Duke University Archives and Duke Gardens, this exhibit explores the history of the Gardens and many of its programs. This web exhibit includes much of the information and images from the exhibit in Perkins Gallery and also invites the public to share their experiences with The Gardens through our Flickr website.

For an overview of the history visit the illustrated timeline.  To experience the activity in the garden over the years visit the section on people in the garden with a gallery featuring photos taken by visitors. The exhibit also highlights some Gardens favorites including endangered species, disjunct species, the metasequoia, the waterlilies and the Gardens for Peace shelter. The exhibit explores some natural forces such as weather and the Flowers Drive sinkhole as well as the history of Duke Stone. Information is available about your favorite gardens including the Historic Gardens (the terraces), the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and the Blomquist Garden. The exhibit also looks at some of the programs that the Gardens has built through the years including the Doris Duke Center, the education programs for adults and children and the interaction with the Duke Children's Hospital and UNC Children's Hospital in Healing and Hope through Science. This exhibit was supported by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

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