Visiting the North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden encompasses display gardens, an Education Center, and a number of natural areas, many of which are open to the public.


This part of our website primarily covers our main visitor site in Chapel Hill. ADMISSION IS FREE. We also manage many natural areas throughout the state, which are listed in the Gardens & Natural Areas section.


Weekdays, 8 am - 5 pm (administrative offices and exhibits open at 9 am, gift shop opens at 10 am);
Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 1 - 5 pm (June - August, open to 6 on weekends)

Note: The Piedmont Nature Trails, Coker Arboretum, and Battle Park are open from Dawn to Dusk every day of the year. DOGS are not allowed anywhere in the display gardens (i.e., inside the fenced area). Leashed dogs are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails.


The Education Center is wheelchair accessible. Visitors can also enjoy an accessible pathway through the gardens. If you have special needs that could be accommodated to enable you to visit the Garden or participate in one of our programs, please let us know in advance by calling 919-962-0522.

Please see the parking map as a guide. Marked accessible parking spaces can be found in the parking lot—several near the drop-off for the Education Center, and others closer to the Totten Center and original display gardens. If you require assistance in moving from a parking space to the building entrance, please call 919-962-0522 and tell us when to expect you; a member of the staff will be available to assist you.

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