July 17th, 2011 by admin
Charlotte, North Carolina is home to quaint architectural structures, small towns and friendly people. If you’re planning a vacation or relocating to Charlotte, you’ll be entertained with festivals and other fun things to do. One destination that is a must on your vacation or weekend out, are the botanical gardens. Always fresh and inviting, botanical gardens have that instant relaxation appeal which cannot be missed. Here are three in and around Charlotte, that are a must see.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens
10 acres of beautiful flowers, UNC Botanical Gardens deliver seasonal flowers all year round from the acres of gardens and greenhouses. Even if there’s snow on the ground, you can still enter an enchanting world of spring by visiting the McMillen Greenhouse. The seven-acre Van Landingham Glen is perhaps the most beautiful of all the gardens. Featuring rhododendrons, wildflowers and other diverse plants, the Glen is a woodland paradise. The smaller garden, the Susie Harwood Garden, is home to winter plants, ponds with waterfalls and Asian garden; it’s a year-round attraction.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Located just outside Charlotte, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is open for all seasons with its gorgeous botanical displays. The garden is over 400 acres with lakefronts, meadows and woodland. Tickets are 12 for adults, 6 for children 4-12 and 11 for senior citizens. The gardens are open from 9-5 every day.
Wing Haven Gardens
This garden in Charlotte is the smallest of the three on our list but shouldn’t be forgotten. This garden, while a small lot (three acres), is a precious garden that also features a bird sanctuary. Started by Elizabeth Clarkson and Elizabeth Lawrence, the garden and bird sanctuary have been in operation since 1948. Wing Haven is dedicated to conserving the environment and celebrating the earth.