UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens is a purposeful collection of plants grown for more than just their beauty. Holding curated collections of plants for inventory, education, conservation, and research, they are dedicated to sharing the world of plants with people.
Really enjoyed walking around the two gardens. One section is natives and the other is Japanese themed. Both are beautiful. I am also a birder and it did not disappoint. Not wheelchair or stroller friendly. The first hill is gravel and fairly steep. Paths are narrow and large tree roots stick out. So, more of a walk through the woods than a curated formal garden... which is fine by me. No bathrooms or water fountains that I could see, so I went to the food court on campus since I was walking.
This is a great little stop. We have two kids and Great Wolf Lodge wasn't quite open yet, so we popped over here, saw some weird plants, and headed back. It's free, so you don't feel bad about spending a little or a lot of time there. My 3 & 6 year old enjoyed it. It's not very big.
This is the most beautiful botanical garden I've ever seen. The greenhouses were full of plants I've never seen or heard of. Each greenhouse was different climate and had different kinds of plants. Made me literally want a greenhouse of my own. The garden itself smelled of roses and was huge. So many walkways through it so even if it were crowded I think it would be easy to find serenity. A definite must see if you like plants. I would love to see it again. Not to mention it's donation based so it's affordable to all!
A saunter is what is expected if you attend this area with a plant lover such as myself. I felt like I could move 2 feet in any direction to see a plant I had never seen before, needless to say my group left me behind, I think I got lost in the variety. I loved the native plant section. The paw paw tree, North Americas largest fruit tree, and North Carolina native species, was especially captivating. This is a no Brainer for a good afternoon, bring your family, bring a date, fun to be had by anyone who appreciates nature.
I really love gardens. These were very nice and a peaceful place to take a stroll on the University grounds. Free parking is available if you register in the green house. Park in the lot that says it's for handicapped across from the science building. The spots are adjacent to the greenhouse.