Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

People love to look at gardens. Strolling down a beautiful trail surround by color, inhaling the sweet smells, and letting your mind drift, this is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. When your visiting Charlotte you’re minutes away from one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the region. So, a visit to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is one activity you shouldn’t miss.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens are 380 acres, 110 of these acres are currently cultivated, and developed by a foundation formed by Daniel J. Stowe in 1989. Daniel was a huge nature lover and gardener. In 1999 final construction of the Robert Lee Stowe Visitor Pavilion (13,500 sq.ft.) and surrounding gardens were finished. HGTV’s popular book, Flower Gardening, named Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens one of the nations top 20 botanical gardens in the country. It has 10 acres of manicured themed gardens, 12 fountains, and in December will open the Orchid Conservatory.

The Orchid Conservatory is an ever changing display of lush colors, fragrances, the worlds finest orchids, and beautiful tropical plants. The Orchid Conservatory will be this regions only public conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants. The conservatory is 8,000 square feet, 5 stories tall and was built in a sparkling crystalline. Orchid festivals and butterfly events will find their home here. It will be quite a destination for the orchid lover.

There are approximately 10 acres of well manicured themed gardens for visitors to enjoy. These include a tropically themed Canal Garden, 4 Perennial Gardens ( with lots of ideas for your home garden), Cottage Garden, the beautiful smelling Conifer Garden, Azalea Garden (blooming fall and spring), and the stately West Garden. You could spend hours wandering through these gardens and still not see everything. Enjoying hours of gardens, the natural setting, studying the beautiful landscape designs, bird – watching, and learning all about horticulture all while taking beautiful photos of the beautiful colors, will make your afternoon a wonderful nature loving excursion.

If you are looking for the ideal place to hold a wedding in Charlotte, there isn’t a more flawless location than the botanical gardens. With it’s beauty and serenity, people come from all over to host receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, and bridal engagement parties. If you need a beautiful location for wedding pictures this is absolutely it. There isn’t a more picturesque setting to host any special occasion.

If you’re looking for a bit of education in horticulture and gardening during your visit, then Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is the place for you. They offer classes year round ranging from wreath making to Feng Shui ( using gardens to promote peace). If you need to learn about winter flowers for your garden, or how to arrange dry flowers for display, or even if you want to build a bird- feeder, spend an afternoon here. Ranging from 1 to 2 hours, and approximately $16 per class, this is a place to learn about everything that blooms. There are summer camps for kids and school programs to spread the love of nature.

So are you ready to come spend a day with nature? Then, come on down to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens at 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, North Carolina. Cost of admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 +, and $5 for kids 4-12.What a bargain for such a delightful day. Don’t miss the Garden Store, filled with unique gifts and handcrafted items created by local artists. You can certainly find something unique to take home and add to your garden.

For more information check out their website at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens


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