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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Updated on March 16, 2016
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Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) has been hiking for five years on the wonderful mountain trails of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Main Entrance to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

The front of the Main Entrance has many plants and flowers to behold.
The front of the Main Entrance has many plants and flowers to behold. | Source
Main entrance area of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Main entrance area of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Source

A Must-Visit Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a landmark of this area and is located along the banks of Lake Wylie in Belmont, North Carolina on Highway 279 just west of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a nature preserve which contains 450 acres that showcases the best of southern horticulture, themed gardens, a dozen sparkling fountains, a grassy outdoor amphitheater for concerts and other events, a stunning visitor pavilion and a gift shop. If you ever visit Charlotte, North Carolina, this is a place you must put on your “must-do-while-we-visit-Charlotte” list.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden gives all visitors a chance to reconnect with nature. 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.

Future plans for the garden include a home demonstration garden, a boat water entrance with a lakeside visitor center, a children’s garden, a rose garden, a restaurant, and an Asian garden.

Location of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

A marker6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, NC -
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012, USA
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History

In 1989, Daniel J. Stowe, a retired textile executive from Belmont, reserved nearly 400 acres of property and provided funding to develop a world-class botanical garden to provide beauty and joy to future generations. He discussed his ideas with Bill Steele, his estate planner, and asked Steele to research botanical gardens across the U.S. and Europe.

On May 23, 1991 during Mr. Stowe’s 78th birthday event, he announced his plans for the development of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. A temporary visitor center and surrounding gardens were constructed for the event. The building now serves as administrative offices.

In 1994, the Board of Directors of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden approved a master plan for the garden. In 1999 the Visitor Pavilion, Formal Display Gardens and Perennial Gardens opened. Future development will be completed through public and private support over the next several decades.

The site where the garden is located was originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Catawba and Cherokee tribes who trapped, fished, hunted, and raised families here. Later, the area was home to early European settlers. In recent years the garden’s meadowlands have been used as pasture for farm animals, although much of the site is covered by mature deciduous woodlands and pine forest.

The French botanist Andre Michaux rode and walked across the garden property in 1795 and found new plants in Gaston County not far from the current location, including the Bigleaf Magnolia. More than 200 years later on this same land, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosted a grand opening of 110 acres on October 9, 1999. The community was invited to join as founding members and that number ended with 5,297 members.

The Many Beautiful Sights in The Orchid Conservatory

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The Orchid Conservatory

I was awe-struck when I traveled through this conservatory and photos are provided.

The Orchid Conservator at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the only public conservatory in the region devoted to the display of tropical plants and orchids. The conservatory opened in January 2008 and features a wide range of plants that enable visitors to learn about tropical ecosystems around the world. The year-round display includes a display of orchids. Each winter, the garden presents its Orchid Spectacular, and in the fall, butterflies become a major added attraction in the display.

The Orchid Conservatory makes this a year-round facility to serve not only the general public but also schoolchildren. Educational topics vary by age group, but most focus on either horticulture or gardening. The curriculum-based school programs meet goals established by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The garden also offers year-round special events and classes from gardening and landscaping to pottery and cooking with herbs.

Photos of The Garden Aviary and these beautiful birds.

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The Garden Aviary

In addition to his love for plants, Daniel Stowe also loved birds and maintained several aviaries on his estate. The Garden Aviary brings the same sights and sounds of nature to this garden. The birds that live here include a Golden-Mantled Rosella, Society Finches, and Zebra Finches.

These birds tolerate extremes in weather conditions by acclimating, a process through which their metabolism gradually adjusts to outside conditions. In other words, these birds “gear up and down” with the seasons!

Birds require a diverse diet to meet their nutritional needs. These birds are provided a nutritionally balanced pellet mix that is often supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables. Care of these birds is given by an Avian Vet Specialist, and daily care is maintained by trained Garden staff and volunteers. Fresh water is provided daily, even in freezing conditions.

The Many Fountains Located at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

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The Ragan Reflecting CanalThe Ragan Reflecting Canal
The Ragan Reflecting Canal
The Ragan Reflecting Canal | Source
The Ragan Reflecting Canal
The Ragan Reflecting Canal | Source
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Other Quick Tips

  • In case the garden runs out of maps, you may want to print a map of the whole layout before you arrive. When I visited they didn't have any maps to know where I was going so I just wandered around. You won't get lost but it's nice to know which garden you are actually looking at.
  • There are a lot of bees flying around. It wasn't a problem but it's nice to know.
  • Make sure you take your AAA card or senior discount card with you to get $2.00 off admission. I forgot my AAA card so I paid the full admission of $12.00. The group rate is $10.00 per adult if you have 15 people in your party. Children 4-12 years old are $6.00 each. Anyone over 60 years old is $11.00 per person.
  • The Gift shop offers a lot of local handmade products like soap, lip balm, pottery, scarves, and jewelry.
  • The plants and trees have small signs indicating which species they belong to. However, I noticed that many of them were not labeled at all.

A Preview of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Information and Amenities

It can take anywhere from 1-4 hours to tour the entire property, depending on your pace.

The facility is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. all year. The facility is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

The address is 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, NC Phone number 704-825-4490.

The group amenities include group tours (advanced reservations required), box lunches are available, bus/motorcoach parking is available on site, minimum group number is 15, private dining room is available and the capacity is 200 people, meeting rooms are available.

Discounts available are AAA, Group Discount, and Senior Discount. ADA-compliant, brochures are available on site, catering is available, handicapped parking, maps and brochures available, outdoor seating, parking on site, patio/rooftop, picnic area, printed guides available, self guided tours, customized tours.

Payment methods accepted: Cash, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, Personal Checks, and Travelers Checks

Photos Around Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

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Another view in front of the main entrance, facing the parking lot. The building is behind this photo.Past the main entrance is the Atrium. This could be used for a wedding reception or any other gathering. The gift shop is on the left hand side (not shown).Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Another view in front of the main entrance, facing the parking lot. The building is behind this photo.
Another view in front of the main entrance, facing the parking lot. The building is behind this photo. | Source
Past the main entrance is the Atrium. This could be used for a wedding reception or any other gathering. The gift shop is on the left hand side (not shown).
Past the main entrance is the Atrium. This could be used for a wedding reception or any other gathering. The gift shop is on the left hand side (not shown). | Source
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Coral Bark Japanese Maple
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More photos of the various magnificent trees and plants at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Many of these trees and plants were not labeled, at least I didn't see any signs indicating which species they are.
Many of these trees and plants were not labeled, at least I didn't see any signs indicating which species they are. | Source
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Sleepy Mallow (Malvaviscus arboreous var. drummondii)
Sleepy Mallow (Malvaviscus arboreous var. drummondii) | Source
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Dwarf Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa')
Dwarf Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa') | Source
American Arborvitae Yellow Ribbon
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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      MsDora - this is a very lovely state and I also hope you will get a chance to visit. Thanks for reading and your comments.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for the history and the view of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Your pictures are really lovely. North Carolina is on my travel wish list. I hope I can get there.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      srsddn - I'm so very glad this hub made your morning! Thank you so much for reading and sharing and for the vote!

      Mhatter99 - you are quite welcomed and thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the beautiful tour

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      efficientadmin, seems to very well maintained garden with so many beautiful and colourful plants and shrubs. Thanks for sharing. The visit has made my morning. Voted up and beautiful.