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.
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.
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