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Discover Paradise at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Summer fun flourishes with a Pollinators' Paradise at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's two new seasonal exhibitions.

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If it's paradise you seek for your summer travels, look no further than the city of Belmont and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, about 30 minutes west of downtown Charlotte. It's a pollinators' paradise in the Garden all summer long.

The Garden has opened two seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators from the birds and the bees to butterflies and beetles.

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Butterfly Bungalow

Caterpillars, chrysalides and butterflies are the stars of the show in the Garden’s Butterfly Bungalow, a 2,100 square-foot enclosure in which the Garden has created the ideal environment for these beauties to flourish.

Abundant in fluttering butterflies native to North Carolina, this colorful display is decked out with their favorite plants. Here, visitors can explore the life cycle of a butterfly and witness metamorphosis before their own eyes. They learn about butterflies in Southern Piedmont and how to best attract these stunning, nectar-loving insects to their backyards.

When visiting, guests can expect programs, including docents to point out butterfly eggs, larvae and even young butterflies emerging from their chrysalides on a regular basis.

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Pollinator Putting

Mere feet away, birds, bees, beetles and even snails share the spotlight in the Garden’s first mini golf course of 18 playful, pollinator-themed holes. Created by local students, artists and designers, Pollinator Putting is art you can play.

Wind, water and humans all play a part in pollination as illustrated in three fun-filled holes designed and produced by students at Gaston Day School. A tricky beehive, the elusive squash bee and even chipmunks challenge golfers on three holes produced by students at the Highland School of Technology.

But adults got in on the fun, too. Belmont designer Craig McCausland asked for help to “Pollinate the Daisy” and presents a “Hummingbird Windmill.” Artist Zoe Ranucci of Good Dharma Designs offered designs that include the occasional pollinator, the awl snail and more.

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