Garden Girls Duke Mansion and Gardens Tour

The Duke Mansion and Garden Tour May 2 was a fabulous treat for those of us that love gardens, history, and time together with others sharing the same passions.

The tour began with a delicious lunch at 300 East in Dillworth. Check out the menu at There were twelve Gardening Girls that joined us for this outing.

A quick drive to the Duke Mansion in the Myers Park area, and we were invited into the building. Andy, our mansion tour guide, was a fountain of knowledge. We learned about the history, the people that lived and owned the property, and the way it is used today. Built in 1915 and tripled by its most famous owner James Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to leaders of the 20th century. Duke’s most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Energy and the Duke Endowment, took shape at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion is operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to preserve and protect this community treasure. The building is available for overnight guests, with the gardens open to the public for a leisurely stroll or visit throughout the year.

The day was sunny and warm, and the stroll outside was a wonderful exploration of plants, garden planning, and types of gardens. Sunny gardens, shady gardens, or areas with a bit of both were lovely at this historic Charlotte location.

If you would like to join the Garden Girls, contact Mary Lynn Dubler at The group is open to any current Palisades Women’s Club member.