Durham Pollinator Garden Tour Sites

Sandy Creek Butterfly Garden

Location: 3510 Sandy Creek Drive 

Sandy Creek Park, once a sewer treatment plant, now serves as an urban hotspot for both wildlife and people looking to get outside. The Butterfly Garden is currently in full bloom and attracts hundreds of bees, butterflies, moths and birds. The park also features an observation deck, pavilion, beautiful hiking trail around pond, and hundreds of native shrubs, trees and grasses and informational signs. 


Location: 706 Gilbert Street

SEEDS is a two-acre educational garden and cooking classroom in the heart of Durham. Through garden-based programming, SEEDS develops the capacity of young people through growing, cooking and sharing food.

Oak Church Garden

Location: 2100 Chapel Hill Road

Oak Church Community Garden is a communal garden that was established in the Fall of 2014. It is maintained by several volunteers from the Oak Church congregation, youth from Gospel Baptist Church, and Lakewood Neighborhood residents. The garden additionally features two raised table-top beds, rain barrels, and compost pile to help teach youth about gardening and being good environmental stewards.


Immaculate Conception Community Garden

Location: 721 Burch Avenue

The Social Justice Committee at Immaculate Conception Church identified a number of parishioners who were deemed food insecure. A Garden Committee had been involved in a Community Garden run by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Kent Street, which provided a steady food source for the church’s food insecure parishioners. When that garden closed for construction, funding was received to install a produce garden on the Immaculate Conception school playground. Two years later the garden applied for and received the Healthy Bee Heathy Me grant to build the Pollinator Garden.      

NCCU Campus and Community Garden

Location: 1800 Fayetteville Street

The Campus & Community Garden at NCCU seeks to promote healthy communities, sound nutrition, and respect for the environment through gardening. The garden was founded in September 2015. It  is located between the Mary Townes Science and BRITE buildings.

Sandy Ridge Elementary Garden

Location: 1417 Old Oxford Road

Sandy Ridge Elementary School centers on teaching and learning – providing strong instruction in the core curriculum, but with a focus on the visual and performing arts. The five year old vegetable garden is intertwined with the interactive curriculum taught to students. Students take part in planting, harvesting and general upkeep of the garden space. The garden is located in the courtyard between the two classroom wings. They have raised vegetable and flower beds and the newly planted pollinator garden established 2017 through the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program.

Pete’s Garden

Location: 927 Bluestone Road

In the 4 acre suburban yard they have over 100 woody species native to Durham, as well as literally hundreds of species of native perennial plants, all planted to provide habitat for pollinators and birds. More than 2 dozen species in the yard provide larval food for the native butterfies and moths. They have a meadow along the street, several moist habitat gardens, a woodland ephemeral garden, and a small backyard pond. They also have nest boxes for native bees, honeybee hives, bluebird and nuthatch nest boxes, and a brush pile for critters. They store and harvest over 2000 gallons of rainwater from my roof and chicken coop. They have an orchard throughout the yard and vegetable garden in the front yard.

Briggs Avenue Community Garden

Location: 1598 S. Briggs Avenue

Briggs Avenue Community Garden is a 45 acre property. The property bustles with 60 community garden plots, an apiary and orchard. Briggs Ave CG is the educational site for Durham County Cooperative Extension, managed by horticulture agent. Plots are available on a sliding scale so anyone of any income level can afford to garden with us.      

North Street Community Garden

Location: 819 North Street

North Street Corner House Community Garden is a beautiful addition to the North Street Community. Established 3.5 years ago, the garden is both visually captivating as it is appetizing. The garden space is cared for by neighborhood members, which includes people with and without disabilities. The edible landscape includes raised gardens so those with physical disabilities can partake in the joy of gardening. North Street CHCG has been a participant in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program since 2017.

Bee-A-Viking Garden at Lowes Grove Middle School

Location: 4418 South Alston Avenue

The magnet program at Lowe’s Grove provides opportunities for all students to experience highly engaging coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) enhanced by the infusion of multiple technology tools. Through the addition of the Bee- A- Viking Pollinator Garden, the core focus of Agricultural Science is brought to full spectrum.    

Parkwood Community Garden

Location: 1417 Seaton Road

Parkwood Community Garden is a cooperative- communal garden established in 2013.  It is a bustling oasis in the heart of South Durham. The garden is maintained by residents of the Parkwood Community and  is one of the newest participants in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program.

Jaliya’s Garden

Location: 2457 Holloway Street

Jaliya's garden is located in a backyard right near downtown that has been planted exclusively with plants native to the Southeast. It feels like you are out in the country somewhere. The garden also has a working beehive.      

Keep Durham Beautiful Demonstration Garden

Location: 2011 Fay Street

The Keep Durham Beautiful Educational Pollinator Garden was established in 2017. The newly established garden seeks to educate residents about the importance and benefit pollinators provide to us. Located at the General Services Department of the City of Durham, the garden is first of its kind. In addition to the pollinator garden, there are two bustling bee apiaries.  

** Don't have tickets? Tickets are available for purchase day-of at the Keep Durham Beautiful's Garden. Saturday, June 24 | 9AM-1PM **