The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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   Located in Franklin and established in 1980, Perry’s Water Gardens is a wholesale-retail aquatic plant nursery by Perry D. Slocum and is known for shipping high quality mature plants. Perry’s Water Garden also has the country’s largest collection of aquatic gardens and is a major tourist attraction. Perry Slocum created over 147 ponds on 13 acres featuring exotic sunken gardens highlighted with old fashioned antique rose beds and other above-ground flowers. Naturalized grass and dirt paths meander throughout. In addition to the multitude of iris, water lilies, and lotus, the gardens are home to thousands of brightly colored koi and goldfish. If you love flowers and gardens, this center is a must!

Website: Perry’s Water Gardens
Franklin NC
Distance: 2 hours from Asheville
Address: 136 Gibson Aquatic Farm Rd., Franklin, NC 28734
Telephone: 828-524-3264
Hours: April 1 through Labor Day. Monday - Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed Sunday
Fees: None
Allow: 2 hours
Tips: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Their  retail center offers fish, plants, and other water garden-related items for sale. The best time to view water lilies is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Nearby: Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, Ruby City Gems Museum
Directions: From Asheville, take I-40 West to Exit 27. Take Hwy. 74 West to Hwy. 441 South (Exit 81). Follow 441 for 14 miles and turn right on Sanders Town Rd., then right on Bryson City Rd. for 2 miles. Turn right on Cowee Creek for 1 mile, then left on Leatherman Gap Rd. ¼ mile. Turn right onto Gibson Aquatic Farm Rd.

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