Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Daniel Boone Native Gardens

One of the perks of being in the mountains is the abundance of nature - and nature watching opportunities. If you like to get out into the wilderness, try climbing a mountain peak to witness hawks gliding on the wind and discover rare and indigenous high elevation plants, or amble along creek beds to explore temperate rainforest flora and a myriad of bird species. If you prefer a calmer, less strenuous approach, take a stroll through one of their local gardens, such as the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, to see local plant life up close and personal. Or go for a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at the many scenic overlooks for glimpses into the nature of the high mountain regions. No matter how you choose to explore their world, the opportunities are endless.

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The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, "dedicated to the preservation of Earth's treasures," is a spectacular attraction named for the great frontiersman who traveled through this area hundreds of years ago.image

Located in the Daniel Boone Park, adjacent to the Horn in the West and easily accessible from all incoming highways, this beautifully landscaped garden is home to a rare collection of North Carolina native plants; many are marked for easy identification and serve as material for education and conservation of the native plants that are fast becoming extinct. The garden also hosts a few non-native species, but mountain plants are the concentration.

Throughout the gardens, plants and trees are marked with plates for easy identification. Highlights of the Garden include the native stone gatehouse, surrounded by iron gates forged by Daniel Boone IV, old black heart mountain cherry, a bog garden, ferns, a rhododendron thicket and the historical Squire Boone cabin.

The Meditation Maze, in the midst of the peaceful setting, is always a popular stop during garden walks. Other features of the Garden include a Wishing Well and an open lawn bordered by dogwoods and sumac, an arbor supporting honeysuckle, trumpet creeper and clematis.

A sunken garden contains a large rocked area and a tranquil pool. A natural path winds its way through three acres of splendor, stopping at the reflection pool located beside the Boone cabin. The meadow frequently serves as a popular wedding and other events site.

Officially opened in the summer of 1996, the Gardens posses many unique qualities to share in all seasons and is open May through October, weather permitting. Sponsored by the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., the Daniel Boone Native Gardens are maintained primarily by a host of local volunteers who work diligently throughout the year to protect and preserve its wondrous beauty.

A nominal $2 fee at the gate goes toward the upkeep of the garden. The Gardens are always featured in the annual Boone Area Home and Garden Tour, scheduled in July of each year. Make plans now to visit this unique setting in the heart of Boone.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 1705, Boone, NC, 28607
Phone: (828) 264-6390
Email: dbga...@danielboonegardens.org
Web: http://danielboonegardens.org/

See also:

Wildflowers | Birds Watching

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