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Joslin Garden - Raleigh, NC

How many fairies do you think live in this beautiful tree? 🧚🧚‍♀️🧚‍♂️

Or maybe elves call it home?🧝‍♂️🧝‍♀️

Or hobbits? 🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️

Maybe you can solve this mystery when you visit one of Raleigh Parks and the City of Oaks Foundation’s newest parks, Joslin Garden.

Opened to the public in 2021 and sitting on just over 4 acres, Joslin Garden was formerly the home of William and Mary Coker Joslin. Because this was once a private home, it’s nestled in a beautiful neighborhood in Raleigh and you could easily miss it because the entrance is just another driveway on the street. (See the last photo here.)

This park is a treasure to explore, with cozy walking trails, bridges, benches, fountains, small hidden animal statues, and a huge variety of plants and flowers. We used our iNaturalist Seek app quite a bit to identify flowers and plants here! Bird houses and feeders abound, so this is also a fantastic birding location.

Logistics wise, parking is VERY slim, probably only room for a few cars.

We’re not 100% sure of the bathroom status - there is a building on the property, which likely has a bathroom in it, but it’s unclear how frequently it is open and/or if someone will be on site to let you in. There was a person working on the property when we went and who we spoke to, so we probably could have asked about the bathroom, but we didn’t think of it at the time.

The property is not stroller friendly.

However, one thing we love about this park is there is a lot of shade! Perfect for these hot summer days we’re going through now.

Our last note on this park is that there comes a point when you’re a bit back in the wooded area of the property where it is not entirely clear the parked ended. We found ourselves in a well-manicured garden that we thought was just another area of the park, but turned out to be the neighbor’s private back yard. Whoops! 😅 Check out our Instastories later today for more info on how to avoid trespassing! 🤣

Have you been to Joslin Garden yet? What do you think lives in this beautiful tree home? Let us know in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on June 17, 2022.)

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