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Duke Alumni Gardens Weekend

More than Paradise: Exploring the arrival and purpose of the modern garden

June 14-16, 2019

Join fellow Duke alumni, family, and friends for a memorable educational weekend unlike anything offered before! Amidst the glorious colors and lush greens of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, we will explore the purpose of the modern garden, and how the movement came to be.

The weekend program features an illustrious group of experts including renowned British landscape designer, author, and academic, Richard Bisgrove, and the director of horticulture for the Duke Gardens, Bobby Mottern. We will also have discussions, hosted tours, and hands-on activities that will offer you an intimate look at one of Duke’s most treasured spaces.

Program registration includes all program lectures and activities, as well as a dinner in the Discovery Garden, a champagne reception, and afternoon tea. For more details, please see the program brochure and the full schedule of activities accessible above.

What to Expect

During the weekend, your day will spent in combination of fascinating lectures with Duke Faculty and hands-on experiences. Through the small group atmosphere you have the opportunity to engage more fully with faculty and become better acquainted with other participants. Together, you will learn about the interaction between plants and their environment, strategies used in garden design, and selecting plants for a naturalist garden. For more details see our program brochure.

Duke Alumni Gardens Weekend 2019

Contact Shayla Battle at 919-684-3361 or email for any additional assistance or questions.


Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic garden on the campus of Duke University. It is a place of beauty, dedicated to learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture. Founded in 1934, Duke Gardens is now considered one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States. It features four distinct gardens, each with its own focus and flavor: the Historic Gardens, including the popular Terrace Gardens, dedicated in 1939; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens, including the new Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. There are five miles of allées, walks, and pathways throughout the Gardens, and many shaded benches. Duke Gardens also has a café, a gift shop, and a visitor center with an elegant rental hall for wedding receptions, meetings and other occasions. Learn more.