North Carolina Botanical Garden - Sculpture in the Garden - Chapel Hill, NC
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to get out and have an adventure on a regular day, but now through December 6, this local gem offers an added treat: the Sculptures in the Garden exhibit.
Beginning at the main entrance, you’ll find 61 different sculptures as you wind through the garden’s pathways. An amazing 41 of these sculptures are from local artists. Don’t forget to pick up one of the informative brochures about the exhibit (which has a map to guide you and view the sculptures in order), as well as a fun sculpture scavenger hunt before you start walking through the garden. These can be found by the Allen Education Center.
Many of the sculptures on exhibit are also available for sale. You can find information about that in the exhibit brochure, on the signs accompanying each sculpture, and on the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s website.
We loved the sculptures, but we’d also encourage you on your visit to admire the garden itself. There are plenty of small nooks and pathways to explore, and there is no telling what you’ll find! One on pathway, we found the beautiful Story Teller’s Chair and took some time to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature.
Bathrooms at the garden are open and labeled on the map. There is a good amount of parking - the parking lot is one way, so if you don’t see a spot in the first few areas, keep going. We somehow lucked out and got a spot right in front when we went. Most of the paths here are not paved, but they are that kind of hard-packed gravel that is possible to take a stroller on.
A last note, there is a suggested donation of $5 to visit the exhibit. However, when we went, there was no one out collecting money - it seemed like it was an honor system with a small box where you can put your donation by where you pick up the exhibit brochure.
Have you been to the Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit? Let us know what your favorite sculpture was 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 November 12, 2020.)