Saturday, August 26, 2017

Best Kept Secret Garden

Let me tell you a secret. One of Charlotte's greatest outdoor treasures is hiding in plain view.
The stately historic Duke Mansion, built in 1915 and owned by and named for one of Charlotte's greatest industrialists and philanthropists, James B. Duke, stands in grandeur in the heart of the Myers Park neighborhood. The manor is an inn and venue for meetings and events, but you don't have to be an invited guest to enjoy the extraordinary grounds outside.

In 2015, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Duke Mansion opened its gardens to the public. If you've not visited the estate, I highly recommend you lace up your sneakers and stroll on over. You will be amazed.
The 4.5 acre property, once neglected, bursts with splendor. Amble along manicured pathways. Smell the flowers or a sprig of peppermint in in the planting boxes. Say hello to Peter Cottontail. Marvel at the mansion's architecture. Relax in a plush seat on the portico. Play on the playground. Frolic in the fairy garden. Make a wish in the fountain.
Take a trip to check out this Charlotte treasure. You will not be disappointed!
How to get there:
The Duke Mansion is located at 400 Hermitage Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207. To access the gardens, park on Ardsley Rd. Enter the grounds through a gated footpath on Ardsley.
Don't forget to pack:
Shoes: Something comfy for strolling.
Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses: The grounds are mostly shaded, but some spots are not.

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