Around Raleigh there are many gardens with various art installations. Sometimes they are just civic pieces were the city or county has dumped a piece of art or sculpture somewhere only for the sake of saying they have public art somewhere, and then other times pieces are thoughtfully placed.
Here are a few examples throughout the City of Raleigh.
A fountain in the gardens of The Executive Mansion of North Carolina. That is a robust Japanese Climbing Hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) behind it.
Not really a garden but I love the dinosaur trail at The NC Museum of Life and Science. It is actually in Durham. (http://lifeandscience.org/dinosaurs)
Andy Griffith statue at Pullen Park.
Graffiti along Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Its not in a garden but I love this heart.
Another piece of art in the Gardens of the NC Executive Mansion.
A giant dragon snakes its way through the lawn in The JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU.
A snow covered Buddha at dusk in my garden.
A fountain at WRAL’s Azalea Gardens.
The 13-foot tall Redbird Sculpture at Fred Fletcher Park and Water Garden. This is a stylized group of Flamingo flowers (Anthurium).
Even a fence may be considered art if it has some unique or geometric characteristics.