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Coker Arboretum, UNC Chapel Hill

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Coker Arboretum, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina NC

Description

Coker Arboretum is a quiet spot to take a minute in nature, on the east end of the UNC Chapel Hill campus. It's an easy place to visit if you come early in the day because there is metered parking along Raleigh Rd right by it. It is not impressive like the Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA, but it is a peaceful place to walk under the pine and oak trees and see some flowers here and there. Students particularly like the 300 foot long arbor hung with purple wisteria in the spring. Coker was a Botany professor who used these boggy acres in 1903 to start developing a garden for botanical studies. After your stroll, check out the gorgeous buildings on campus, just steps away, as well as Chapel of the Cross, on the north end of the arboretum. This church is Episcopalian, with two distinct architectural styles. Check out the castle-like towers and chunky sandstone archways.

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Siberian iris.
Siberian iris.
View of Chapel of the Cross.
View of Chapel of the Cross.
Buildings and lamppost, as seen from the arboretum paths.
Buildings and lamppost, as seen from the arboretum paths.
Lovely building and trees.
Lovely building and trees.
Gate into the arboretum.
Gate into the arboretum.
Burr oak tree.
Burr oak tree.
Pine tree and bright green lawn.
Pine tree and bright green lawn.
Tree stumps in the sunlight.
Tree stumps in the sunlight.
Japanese maple.
Japanese maple.
Honeysuckle.
Honeysuckle.
Purple wisteria arbor.
Purple wisteria arbor.
Tall blue wild indigo.
Tall blue wild indigo.
Path past iris flowers.
Path past iris flowers.
Blue flowers.
Blue flowers.
 

Directions

Coker Arboretum can be accessed at 151 Raleigh St, where there are metered parking spots (by credit card) along the road, and little gates that lead into the arboretum. Parking is around $2 an hour. 
The arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk, and entry is free.

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Last Updated: Sun, 20 May 2018 19:31:52 GMT