A Leap Forward for the Garden Gateway Project
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Duke University

A Leap Forward for the Garden Gateway Project

Duke Gardens is pretty great — now imagine it even better.

This gift from The Duke Endowment will support the gardens’ growing need to provide a better physical connection within our community and deliver a deeper educational, interactive and programmatic experience to our visitors.

— William M. LeFevre, executive director of Duke Gardens 

$5 million grant from The Duke Endowment will expand and enrich the visitor experience at the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The gift supports the Garden Gateway Project, a fundraising campaign to create enhanced facilities and spaces at Duke Gardens. The project will revitalize the gardens’ historic front entrance and fund new and improved facilities and classrooms that will further curricular and programmatic connections between the university and the gardens. 

The plan also calls for a new performance lawn and expanded indoor event hall that will create more opportunities for the performing arts, academic and business programs, as well as special experiences in the gardens such as weddings and other kinds of celebrations. Other upgrades include a new café and an expanded gift shop.