lush green gardens outside of Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina

The Mary D.B.T. Semans Gardens

When we celebrated our 100th Anniversary, we embarked on embarked on an expansive plan to make our 4.5 acres of grounds and gardens a place of wonder and delight, befitting the history of Duke Mansion itself. With the support of generous donors and the artistry of Laurie Durden, the garden designer, today Duke Mansion gardens are open to explore and enjoy.

Stroll our gardens surrounded by majestic and historic trees, year-round blooms, and the splendor of a beautiful garden. Find a quiet nook to relax, watch pollinators in action, sip your wine or coffee or read a book.

About Mary D.B.T. Semans

We are very proud that Duke Endowment allowed us to recognize their generous support by naming the ground in honor of Mary. D.B.T. Semans. Mrs. Semans was a true force of nature in North Carolina and a leader of Duke Endowment for 55 years. You can see her impact across our state. She was also a great lover of gardens. To learn more about Mrs. Semans – follow this link.

the gardens at the back of Duke Mansion

Visiting our Gardens

There is no charge to visit our gardens. They are open for strolling during daylight hours on most days and only close for private events.

If you would like to visit the gardens, please check in with our front desk team at 704-714-4400

Garden Rules

Please help us maintain our garden by following these simple rules:

  • Stay on the paths, but feel free to gently touch and smell plants
  • Enjoy our sitting areas, but please carry any trash out with you.
  • Children (under adult supervision) are always welcome.
  • Leashed dogs are welcome. Please limit your dog’s impact on the garden. Please clean up after your dog. Remember that all types of dog waste are damaging to the plants and grass.

We welcome groups for complimentary guided tours of Duke Mansion and grounds.

Donations to the gardens are also welcomed. If you are interested in setting up a garden tour for your group, please contact us via a button below.