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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Durham , NC
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420 Anderson St. , Duke University
Durham, NC 27708 US (map)

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919-668-5100

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Seek out the scenery of your dreams in our 55-acre wonderland on the campus of Duke University. Sarah P. Duke Gardens provides the perfect setting for elegant wedding ceremonies and... Read more
Seek out the scenery of your dreams in our 55-acre wonderland on the campus of Duke University. Sarah P. Duke Gardens provides the perfect setting for elegant wedding ceremonies and receptions. The spacious Doris Duke Center is ideal for indoor celebrations, with a large patio and the Angle Amphitheater and water lily pond just outside, as well as a newly redesigned white garden with interconnecting paths leading to a stunning new Gothic pavilion.



Duke Gardens also features historic Italianate terraces, a wisteria-covered pergola, a koi pool and a Duke stone overlook with a jaw-dropping view of the Terrace Gardens. A redesigned rose circle surrounds a historic fountain and plaza. The vast Asiatic arboretum includes a large pond and arched bridge for scenic portraits. In the shady native plants garden is a pavilion, pond and bird-viewing shelter. Duke Gardens was named one of the South’s 10 best public gardens in Southern Living and it won Preservation Durham’s top award in 2011. Celebrate nature’s beauty with us. Read less

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Stacie
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Sarah P Duke Gardens was our ceremony and reception location. It was such a beautiful and perfect location for an outdoor wedding and indoor reception. Marcia, the coordinator at Duke Gardens, was so nice and helpful with everything. We couldn't have picked a prettier location.
Sarah P Duke Gardens was our ceremony and reception location. It was such a beautiful and perfect location for an outdoor Read more...
Sarah P Duke Gardens was our ceremony and reception location. It was such a beautiful and perfect location for an outdoor wedding and indoor reception. Marcia, the coordinator at Duke Gardens, was so nice and helpful with everything. We couldn't have picked a prettier location. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I'll start out by saying that I am a Duke alum, and therefore, biased. I loved Duke Gardens as an undergrad, so when my fiancé and I decided to get married in North Carolina, Duke Gardens was the only place I considered (well, there and Duke Chapel, but we had 80 guests and wanted something outdoors and intimate).

We had our wedding ceremony at the Angle Amphitheater behind the Doris Duke Center, and held the reception at the Doris Duke Center. You can't beat the natural beauty of Duke Gardens. We saved a ton of money by not having to do any ceremony decorations or flowers. Kirby Horton Hall inside the Doris Duke Center was perfect for a wedding of our size - we had space for 10 tables, dance floor, DJ and space to set up an ice cream sundae bar.

Marcia at Duke Gardens was great. We were planning our wedding long-distance, so I wasn't able to go and see the site right away. She held our date for 6 weeks between mid-December and the end of January when I was able to make the trip to North Carolina to see the space and sign the contract. Marcia was very accommodating and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. She was also a good resource for vendor recommendations and feedback.

A few helpful tips for future brides: There are long and round tables and indoor and outdoor chairs available at the Doris Duke Center, but you have to rent linens and any additional tables or other items you need. We rented chivari chairs for the reception and white plastic chairs for the ceremony (the outdoor chairs at Doris Duke are green and not very "bridal"). We got very lucky with the weather (no rain!) but a tent would be a good idea if you're not willing to roll the dice like we did. There is no "bridal suite" or place for the bride to hang out at Doris Duke unseen, so plan your arrival time accordingly. Finally, talk to Marcia! She was very helpful and accommodating when it came to special requests.

Tara and Greg
I'll start out by saying that I am a Duke alum, and therefore, biased. I loved Duke Gardens as an undergrad, so when my Read more...
I'll start out by saying that I am a Duke alum, and therefore, biased. I loved Duke Gardens as an undergrad, so when my fiancé and I decided to get married in North Carolina, Duke Gardens was the only place I considered (well, there and Duke Chapel, but we had 80 guests and wanted something outdoors and intimate).

We had our wedding ceremony at the Angle Amphitheater behind the Doris Duke Center, and held the reception at the Doris Duke Center. You can't beat the natural beauty of Duke Gardens. We saved a ton of money by not having to do any ceremony decorations or flowers. Kirby Horton Hall inside the Doris Duke Center was perfect for a wedding of our size - we had space for 10 tables, dance floor, DJ and space to set up an ice cream sundae bar.

Marcia at Duke Gardens was great. We were planning our wedding long-distance, so I wasn't able to go and see the site right away. She held our date for 6 weeks between mid-December and the end of January when I was able to make the trip to North Carolina to see the space and sign the contract. Marcia was very accommodating and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. She was also a good resource for vendor recommendations and feedback.

A few helpful tips for future brides: There are long and round tables and indoor and outdoor chairs available at the Doris Duke Center, but you have to rent linens and any additional tables or other items you need. We rented chivari chairs for the reception and white plastic chairs for the ceremony (the outdoor chairs at Doris Duke are green and not very "bridal"). We got very lucky with the weather (no rain!) but a tent would be a good idea if you're not willing to roll the dice like we did. There is no "bridal suite" or place for the bride to hang out at Doris Duke unseen, so plan your arrival time accordingly. Finally, talk to Marcia! She was very helpful and accommodating when it came to special requests.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding planner had to leave the wedding for an emergencia which was understanding. So There I was standing in My dress ready to Walk with no One to give me a que to walk. Out ca me a guy that was bwhind the desk and gave me the que to walk I was so Blown away that was beyond of that I was expectante Ruano you so much
My wedding planner had to leave the wedding for an emergencia which was understanding. So There I was standing in My dress Read more...
My wedding planner had to leave the wedding for an emergencia which was understanding. So There I was standing in My dress ready to Walk with no One to give me a que to walk. Out ca me a guy that was bwhind the desk and gave me the que to walk I was so Blown away that was beyond of that I was expectante Ruano you so much Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
1/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Marcia was great. She was quick to respond to phone calls and emails. She was always willing to walk the site and answer any questions. The final look was spectacular and they even let us come early to set up and stay late to clean!
Our experience with Marcia was great. She was quick to respond to phone calls and emails. She was always willing to walk Read more...
Our experience with Marcia was great. She was quick to respond to phone calls and emails. She was always willing to walk the site and answer any questions. The final look was spectacular and they even let us come early to set up and stay late to clean! Read less
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LSmith77
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Very nice venue for our wedding day. The staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for everthing!
Very nice venue for our wedding day. The staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for everthing!
Very nice venue for our wedding day. The staff was friendly and helpful. Thank you for everthing! Read less
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dcn0918
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
This was only my CEREMONY location. My husband an I love to take walks and really enjoy nature. This place is iconic and maybe a little over done. We really were lucky to just walk in and ask if they had our date available and they actually had 2 openings that day. We jumped on it. The gardens are incredible and really worth the money. We were already having a small wedding and since the area can only accomadate so many people it worked out well. Obviously the only drawback is the weather but that is the risk you take when you go outdoors. I was married at the pergola and it was incredible. Wonderful place for pictures and a great place for gathering with others. It's a place I can go to over and over again and have beautiful memories. Oh and you don't have to pay a cent to decorate it because it's so incredibly beautiful!!!!
This was only my CEREMONY location. My husband an I love to take walks and really enjoy nature. This place is iconic and Read more...
This was only my CEREMONY location. My husband an I love to take walks and really enjoy nature. This place is iconic and maybe a little over done. We really were lucky to just walk in and ask if they had our date available and they actually had 2 openings that day. We jumped on it. The gardens are incredible and really worth the money. We were already having a small wedding and since the area can only accomadate so many people it worked out well. Obviously the only drawback is the weather but that is the risk you take when you go outdoors. I was married at the pergola and it was incredible. Wonderful place for pictures and a great place for gathering with others. It's a place I can go to over and over again and have beautiful memories. Oh and you don't have to pay a cent to decorate it because it's so incredibly beautiful!!!! Read less
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Lori & Wes
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
This was a beautiful ceremony setting, and I was pleasantly surprised by both the affordability and by the availability of dates/times. The staff were wonderful to work with both before and during the wedding. The "celebrity effect" of having wedding onlookers is pretty fun, too. :)
This was a beautiful ceremony setting, and I was pleasantly surprised by both the affordability and by the availability of Read more...
This was a beautiful ceremony setting, and I was pleasantly surprised by both the affordability and by the availability of dates/times. The staff were wonderful to work with both before and during the wedding. The "celebrity effect" of having wedding onlookers is pretty fun, too. :) Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience booking our ceremony at the Pergola (gazebo) at Duke Gardens. The lady in charge of reservations was extremely helpful and was responsive to exchanged emails and phone calls to make sure everything was ready for the big day. They took care of setting up chairs and making sure we had parking passes for all of our guests. The booking process was a snap and only required a simple contract that were were able to mail back. Duke Gardens was also very flexible with us on setting a rehearsal time the day before and even extended the time on our parking passes so that we could stay longer and take photos of the wedding party in the gardens. We received our security deposit back right on time with no hassles.

The biggest perk to booking our wedding at Duke Gardens was the natural beauty and scenery. We were able to save a ton of money by not having to buy additional decorative flowers!
We had a wonderful experience booking our ceremony at the Pergola (gazebo) at Duke Gardens. The lady in charge of Read more...
We had a wonderful experience booking our ceremony at the Pergola (gazebo) at Duke Gardens. The lady in charge of reservations was extremely helpful and was responsive to exchanged emails and phone calls to make sure everything was ready for the big day. They took care of setting up chairs and making sure we had parking passes for all of our guests. The booking process was a snap and only required a simple contract that were were able to mail back. Duke Gardens was also very flexible with us on setting a rehearsal time the day before and even extended the time on our parking passes so that we could stay longer and take photos of the wedding party in the gardens. We received our security deposit back right on time with no hassles.

The biggest perk to booking our wedding at Duke Gardens was the natural beauty and scenery. We were able to save a ton of money by not having to buy additional decorative flowers! Read less
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jrshephard
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Ashley and the rest of the Duke Gardens Staff did a fantastic job helping me and my parents feel comfortable and relaxed about having a wedding and a reception at the gardens. The site is so beautiful and there are many different locations to have a ceremony depending on your guest list. The Doris Duke Center offers a perfect place to have your reception. Ashley did an awesome job keeping us informed on what was allowed and how vendors work in the space. My wedding day was perfect and the gardens were what made the moment so much more memorable.
Ashley and the rest of the Duke Gardens Staff did a fantastic job helping me and my parents feel comfortable and relaxed Read more...
Ashley and the rest of the Duke Gardens Staff did a fantastic job helping me and my parents feel comfortable and relaxed about having a wedding and a reception at the gardens. The site is so beautiful and there are many different locations to have a ceremony depending on your guest list. The Doris Duke Center offers a perfect place to have your reception. Ashley did an awesome job keeping us informed on what was allowed and how vendors work in the space. My wedding day was perfect and the gardens were what made the moment so much more memorable. Read less
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Jiaku
Wedding:
7/12/2008
5.0/5.0
BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO GET MARRIED!!! All our guests loved it.
BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO GET MARRIED!!! All our guests loved it.
BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO GET MARRIED!!! All our guests loved it. Read less
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