These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate ... More
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
These botanical gardens are run by the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus and are comprised of three separate sites- the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse. There is a wide variety of plants among the gardens, including rhododendron, native Carolina flora, orchids, desert succulents, and carnivorous pitcher plant hybrids. There are also many walking paths and interesting landscape architecture displays to please the eye. The park is open daily and features an ever-changing collection that varies depending on the time of year, so be sure to check the website for updates.
I can't imagine anyone would merely take 30 minutes to see the gardens. If you ran through the greenhouses alone it would be 30 minutes and not really looking at a single tropical plant or sniff an orchid. Outdoors the two gardens are a nice walk; one has specialty gardens, the other a woodland tract that is magnificent in April/May when wildflowers and rhododendrons are in bloom.
Plus, there is NO charge for access, and no parking fee if you follow appropriate visitor parking tag procedures right there at the parking services building. You can buy plants there if you want.
Plus, outside of the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, this is really the only place to purchase a variety of native and hybrids of pitcher plant, venus flytrap and other bog plants.
If you planning on seeing plants jump up and down and sing for you or take a dump on the lawn like what happens at a zoo, this place isn't for you. It's relaxing, interesting and a way to take a nice casual walk and encounter various plants (indoors and out), garden rooms and sights of water features.
Just a great variety of interesting plants in one place - and its free! The greenhouses take about 20 minutes to go through, but to see all the outdoor gardens takes at least an hour - so I disagree with the time estimate of the other reviewer. No, not a day-trip, but an impressive garden to spend a couple hours in if you are in the area. Very enjoyable!
It was okay...some of the vegetation was extraordinary. Although, it's very small and not something you'd want to drive very far to see. I wouldn't plan a day trip for this, as it takes about 1/2 hour to an hour to see all of it.
My parents enjoyed it, yet they are older.
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