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Raleigh gardens fit for photo shoots

Looking for the perfect spot for a summer photo shoot? Stop and smell the roses (and strike a pose) at these Raleigh gardens.

Pink and purple hydrangeas sit in front of a white bird house with greenery surrounding.

The WRAL Azalea Garden has so many colorful flowers.

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Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, engagement, new family member, or just looking for a place for a stunning Instagram post this summer, we’ve got local recs for you. Bonus: All of these gardens are free to enter and don’t require a photo permit.

🌹 The Raleigh Rose Garden, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh | Located right behind Raleigh Little Theater, this garden houses 60 flower beds with a wide variety of roses blooming from May until November. This smaller spot is secluded and romantic and is a good fit for any occasion throughout the year. Pro tip: There is street parking available.

A wooden gazebo at JC Raulston Arboretum is adorned with white flowers and greenery.

JC Raulston Arboretum has many features for your photo shoot.

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💐 JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh | The biggest of our garden picks, JC Raulston Arboretum has a wide variety of plants and curated areas for many backdrops in the same location. The arboretum also acts as a living laboratory for NC State, which makes it a great spot for plant enthusiasts. Pro tip: Make sure to check the arboretum’s hours before you visit — they often close before sunset, so don’t expect golden hour pictures.

🌻 Sunflower Field at Dorothea Dix Park, 75 Hunt Dr., Raleigh | Although they won’t be blooming until mid-July, the Dix Park sunflowers are a summer must for any Raleighite. Pro tip: Pair your visit with a trip to the State Farmers Market beforehand and pick up some freshly cut sunflowers to pose with in the field.

Colorful pink and purple flowers lie in front of a tiered fountain surrounded by greenery.

The WRAL Azalea Garden has a wide variety of flowers and other features.

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🌺 WRAL Azalea Gardens, 2619 Western Blvd., Raleigh | Featuring over 60 types of azaleas, this garden connected to WRAL is a well manicured gem. Bird feeders, sculptures, and benches also line this garden, adding some extra features for your pics. Pro tip: Bring lunch and a blanket to picnic among the azaleas on a sunny day.

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