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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Belmont
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await the visitor. HGTV named it one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” and USA TODAY says the Garden is one of the nation’s best places to “welcome fall with a flourish.” Committed to horticultural excellence, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a must-see for all ages.
Reviewed June 25, 2018

These lovely gardens are tucked away from the near-by hustle and bustle of Charlotte. I had about an hour to spend after dropping a friend at the airport. While I did see a good part of the colorful gardens, it wasn't really enough time to see it all. The paths meander through colorful gardens, sculptures and fountains. The fountains and sculptures are an interesting and integral part of the gardens. The gardens near the fountains provide a needed places for bees and butterflies to rest. I saw several butterflies flitting around.
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There is also a Butterfly Bungalow, during the summer. For a small extra fee you can roam around the small butterfly enclosure and see monarchs and many others butterflies hanging out on the plants and netted siding of the area. I opted not to go in, but did check it out from the outside. If you and the kids have never had the chance to see butterflies up close, this would be a great added activity.

There was a children's area which I didn't have time to look around, but there were paths, stone structures to climb all over, a little stone house w/ mushroom seats all around for sitting. It gave the aura of a wonderful and fun place to safely explore.

There were plenty of benches for resting and the grounds were primarily flat, except for the children's area. One of the fountains arched over the walkway, and it was a welcome coolness on the hot day.

A special event was the Pollinator Putting, mini-golf, set up until 9/2018. I don't know if they do this every year or not. If this is of real interest, I'd contact the gardens to see if they are still doing it. The entire course was imaginative with an environmental theme. It is free with general admission.

There is quite a bit of walking, but as I recall, many areas, if not all are handicap accessible. So if someone is wheelchair bound, they can still enjoy the gardens.

These gardens are a wonderful way to spend an hour or three, wandering the paths, discovering new colorful flowers and getting away from the noise and busyness of ordinary life.

Thank Marykay K
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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The botanical gardens were amazing! Very clean and well run facility. The butterfly tent was the highlight of the visit. They have butterflies in every stage of the life cycle. A lot of bumble bees, butterflies, and birds were seen around the gardens. Great place! :)

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

There's many water fountain displays throughout and really lots of beautiful blooms in June. We saw well maintained grounds, and although small- certainly great potential. There's beautiful buildings/ space and nice gift shop. We saw folks of all ages enjoying the paths. We entered on a mid-week day, passing several volunteers who were leaving. These volunteers provide an invaluable service, their unpaid hours of labor go a long way in maintaining the gardens. A true gardener won't mind paying entrance fee- as monetary support provides needed funds. I bet with increased marketing efforts to publicize garden- this place could become a visitors hot spot. (Some signage along major freeway & road signs to direct one here). We found the provided map gave enough info to get us around, could us a bit more individual tree signage identifying specific plants. Returning in the fall will feature different plants that thrive in cooler weather.

Thank AKzoom
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Decided to visit hearing many things were in bloom; and yes indeed the gardens did not disappointment. Large land mass to walk and explore; very peaceful. Some items were very well marked others not-- which kept us guessing. The map provided with admission, though accurate in scope--failed to entice or provide real guidance. Also limited signs on paths -- it is great to "get lost" in the gardens, but would like some definition (which the map also did not provide) The $2 extra butterfly exhibit had the most information, but not the volume of butterflies experienced in other exhibits. The beer garden is a tent and makeshift bar-mini golf was cute (too hot the day we went to play). Would like to walk the forest trail next time -- wasn't made aware of this upon entrance as it is still in overall development. Overall beautiful to explore, just wish had more information.

Thank hr1313
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

It was ok. Beautiful lights and sights...more geared for the younger generation. It was a gift , so wouldn't go on my own.

Thank mzdollyparton
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