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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. You feel happy as you enter its pretty gates and walk under the pine and oak trees. In late winter and spring, it cheers you up with flowers galore, including daffodils. Students particularly like the 300 foot long arbor hung with purple amythyst falls wisteria flowers in May. In April, yellow flowers hang from the arbor. In fall (all of November), the arboretum is absolutely gorgeous with bright red and orange leaves.
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 arbor.
Purple arbor.
Tall blue wild indigo.
Tall blue wild indigo.
Path past iris flowers.
Path past iris flowers.
Blue flowers.
Blue flowers.
Gate to Coker Arboretum in the autumn.
Gate to Coker Arboretum in the autumn.
Walking on a warm November day.
Walking on a warm November day.
Camelias and autumn leaves.
Camelias and autumn leaves.
Camelias hanging over the path.
Camelias hanging over the path.
Landscaped stream- lovely to hear.
Landscaped stream- lovely to hear.
Yellow tree in autumn.
Yellow tree in autumn.
Amazing autumn colors!
Amazing autumn colors!
Red tree!
Red tree!
Red leaves.
Red leaves.
Red leaves catching the light.
Red leaves catching the light.
Multi-colored autumn tree.
Multi-colored autumn tree.
Camelias hanging over the path.
Camelias hanging over the path.
Maple catching the light in autumn.
Maple catching the light in autumn.
Perfect daffodils! In February.
Perfect daffodils! In February.
Hellebores galore, along the path, in February.
Hellebores galore, along the path, in February.
Hellebore flower.
Hellebore flower.
Blossoming wintertime tree.
Blossoming wintertime tree.
Blossoms...some relief from the stark scene of winter.
Blossoms...some relief from the stark scene of winter.
Daffodils along Raleigh Rd, across from Coker Arboretum.
Daffodils along Raleigh Rd, across from Coker Arboretum.
Hellebore flowers in February.
Hellebore flowers in February.
Sitting on a bench, with daffodils behind.
Sitting on a bench, with daffodils behind.
Daffodils in February, with tree stump.
Daffodils in February, with tree stump.
Daffodils catching the light.
Daffodils catching the light.
Purple and white blossoms in February.
Purple and white blossoms in February.
Daffodils!
Daffodils!
Purple and white blossoms.
Purple and white blossoms.
Daffodils along the path, on the north end of Coker Arboretum.
Daffodils along the path, on the north end of Coker Arboretum.
Purple flowers along the path.
Purple flowers along the path.
Mix of grasses in Coker Arboretum.
Mix of grasses in Coker Arboretum.
Gate with locks, and daffodils.
Gate with locks, and daffodils.
Love You Forever lock.
Love You Forever lock.
Daffodils are so cute, like a bouquet of flowers.
Daffodils are so cute, like a bouquet of flowers.
Tommasini's Crocus, a pretty little bouquet, in March.
Tommasini's Crocus, a pretty little bouquet, in March.
Daffodills sprucing up an otherwise bleak winter day.
Daffodills sprucing up an otherwise bleak winter day.
Japanese Snowbell, in March.
Japanese Snowbell, in March.
Sweet daffodils.
Sweet daffodils.
Twisty vine.
Twisty vine.
Cold winter day and blossoms.
Cold winter day and blossoms.
Flowers and a stone.
Flowers and a stone.
Daffodils!
Daffodils!
Daffodils and blue flowers.
Daffodils and blue flowers.
English Primrose.
English Primrose.
Winter blossoms.
Winter blossoms.
White and purple blossoms in March.
White and purple blossoms in March.
Daffodils along the path.
Daffodils along the path.
Student sitting on a bench surrounded by blue flowers.
Student sitting on a bench surrounded by blue flowers.
Blue flowers around a tree trunk.
Blue flowers around a tree trunk.
Stream and flowers.
Stream and flowers.
Rock and flowers.
Rock and flowers.
Stunning purple blossoms.
Stunning purple blossoms.
Deer!
Deer!
Deer amid the flowers, in early April.
Deer amid the flowers, in early April.
Stream babbling.
Stream babbling.
Winter blossoms catch the light.
Winter blossoms catch the light.
Golden ragwort in early April.
Golden ragwort in early April.
Bluebells around a tree, in early April.
Bluebells around a tree, in early April.
Bluebells.
Bluebells.
Welcoming gate.
Welcoming gate.
Daffodils and blue flowers.
Daffodils and blue flowers.
Daffodil by a stone wall.
Daffodil by a stone wall.
Flowers like bouquets.
Flowers like bouquets.
Japanese maple, in early April.
Japanese maple, in early April.
Variegated plants.
Variegated plants.
Lily of the Valley, in early April.
Lily of the Valley, in early April.
Camellia.
Camellia.
Yellow flowers hanging from the arbor, in early April.
Yellow flowers hanging from the arbor, in early April.
Yellow flowers on the arbor!
Yellow flowers on the arbor!
Yellow flowers, plus purple and white blossoms in the distance.
Yellow flowers, plus purple and white blossoms in the distance.
In early April the trees are still sticks, but there are flowers to cheer you a little.
In early April the trees are still sticks, but there are flowers to cheer you a little.
Dogwood flowers dispelling the winter.
Dogwood flowers dispelling the winter.
Sweet flower with three petals.
Sweet flower with three petals.
Japanese maple burning red.
Japanese maple burning red.
Yellow flowers by the gate, in May.
Yellow flowers by the gate, in May.
Purple wisteria hanging from the arbor, May 6.
Purple wisteria hanging from the arbor, May 6.
Purple wisteria vine on the arbor, and blue sky, May 6.
Purple wisteria vine on the arbor, and blue sky, May 6.
The arbor when in bloom with purple wisteria, May 6.
The arbor when in bloom with purple wisteria, May 6.

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: Wed, 15 May 2019 21:03:10 GMT