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North Carolina Arboretum Asheville

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North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville
NC
28806
Tel: 828-665-2492

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One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up a brochure listing this month's educational programs, tours, garden demonstrations and works
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    Okay, let me explain...generally, I do LOVE this place. But I really wanted to take my family to the Winter Lights exhibit but then I learned it was $18 per person to get in!!! I'm sorry but there is just no way the average family of 4 or more can afford to go see this! I understand it is expensive to maintain the beautiful grounds and buildings but please don't advertise this as a family friendly event when it is completely unaffordable for the average family!
    Maybe you could say maximum $40 per family/car or something to be more family friendly?...Read More

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    The North Carolina Arboretum consists of 434 acres in the Pisgah National Forest. It is such a beautiful property just adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The NC Arboretum was established in 1986 by the state of North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina system. There is a bonsai garden, native plant gardens and a quilt garden. On my recent visit, the quilt garden consisted of pansies. There are 10 miles of hiking trails. There are rocking chairs at different spots on the property to just kick back and enjoy the 360 degree view...Read More

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    Wonderful. Classes for a reasonable rate. Wonderful

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    I have driven by the UNC Arboretum hundreds of times and finally decided to walk through the other day. I love the fact that it is so secluded yet right on the UNC campus. If you happen to go to the arboretum you also need to go to the castle on Gimghoul Rd which just down the road from the arboretum. You could walk there if you really wanted to.

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    Those beautiful mountains you're seeing? Those are the Appalachian Mountains and they surround this 434-acre treasure. Don't miss the 10 miles of hiking trails and the Bonsai Garden.

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by Robin Allred

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Okay, let me explain...generally, I do LOVE this place. But I really wanted to take my family to the Winter Lights exhibit but then I learned it was $18 per person to get in!!! I'm sorry but there is just no way the average family of 4 or more can afford to go see this! I understand it is expensive to maintain the beautiful grounds and buildings but please don't advertise this as a family friendly event when it is completely unaffordable for the average family!
Maybe you could say maximum $40 per family/car or something to be more family friendly? But for our family to attend it would cost $90!!! Just to drive in the gate!! Ridiculous!!
Sorry, Arboretum, but I will not be supporting this event.

by Rick Nipper

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The North Carolina Arboretum consists of 434 acres in the Pisgah National Forest. It is such a beautiful property just adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The NC Arboretum was established in 1986 by the state of North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina system. There is a bonsai garden, native plant gardens and a quilt garden. On my recent visit, the quilt garden consisted of pansies. There are 10 miles of hiking trails. There are rocking chairs at different spots on the property to just kick back and enjoy the 360 degree view of the mountains. There is a gift shop, educational programs, special exhibits and a cafe. On a recent visit, I was disappointed that the strawberry lemonade ran out before I got to the cafe. It's a great place to picnic. There is no fee for the Arboretum, but there is a $12.00 fee per vehicle. An excellent place to visit and relax or take your camera and explore.

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