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Discover Boone: Daniel Boone Native Gardens

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are one of my favorite spots to bring friends and family visiting the area. Tucked away in the heart of Boone, the gardens offer the opportunity to experience the diverse beauty and history of the Blue Ridge, without ever leaving town.

The 3 acre space contains something for everyone. Features include a rock garden, a pond, a wishing well, a vine arbor and even the historic Squire Boone Cabin, which belonged to the Boone family. I recall spending many breezy summer afternoons sitting in the rock garden’s secluded gazebo, reading or writing poetry. It’s a perfect place to retreat from the tensions of the day. Whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, a trip to the gardens will leave you feeling refreshed.

About the Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Open from May to to October, the gardens were started as a project by the Garden Club of North Carolina in 1963. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens features a wide variety of native flora that continuously blooms throughout the spring and summer months. Today, the gardens are dedicated to the conservation of local endangered plant species, as well as a way to educate the public about Boone’s history.

The garden grounds’ host an array of activities throughout the season. Last year they held events ranging from a family-friendly Fairy day to the Flower Photo Stroll, and multiple plant sales. Daniel Boone Native Gardens is a peaceful place to get in touch with nature and yourself. In fact, one of the first formal yoga experiences I ever had took place on a bright spring morning in the gardens. It was a unique experience that allowed me to engage my mind and body, while also embracing the organic environment of the gardens.

More than flowers

The gardens are conveniently located on Horn in the West Drive, right in the center of town. During the season’s peak months, people can experience more than just a leisurely stroll through nature. The Watauga County Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Saturday morning throughout spring and summer, is located directly next to the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. It’s perfect for a morning excursion centered around the local culture of Boone. Additionally, the garden grounds are home to the Daniel Boone Theater. The renowned outdoor theater was built in 1952, and features the historical and family friendly Horn in the West production.

With so much to do, see and learn, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens are a remarkable place to spend an afternoon. Admire the blooming flowers as you enjoy a picnic in the grass or take part in a group yoga session, breathing in the aromas of the seasons. You can take full advantage of the gardens by keeping an eye out for upcoming events and activities or by taking a self-guided tour through the grounds. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the gardens, you’ll appreciate the chance to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Boone.

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