Charlotte Parks and Gardens
(Charlotte, North Carolina - NC, USA)
Charlotte is well-known for its range of long-established gardens featuring roses, azaleas and a melting pot of annuals and perennials that burst into color during springtime. A number of different styles of parks and gardens can be appreciated in Charlotte, such as those at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, while many rare species can be found at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
If you feel the need to escape city life in Charlotte for a couple of hours, go no farther than the nature trails of Ribbon Walk, a 10-minute walk from the city center.
McGill Rose Garden
Address: 940 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, North Carolina NC, 28206, USA
Tel: +1 704 333 6497
A sight to behold during spring and summer, this colorful oasis on the northern edge of Uptown Charlotte is home to over 500 rose bushes along with a selection of herbs, annuals and perennials. The McGill Rose Garden is host to regular workshops.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 to 16:00, Saturday - noon to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Address: 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, North Carolina NC, 28012, USA
Tel: +1 704 825 4490
Consisting of around 100 acres / 40 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens boast an impressive selection of styles. Attractions include a Cottage Garden that is home to several rare plants, and the Canal Garden, featuring a constantly changing line up of annuals and perennials.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children under four free
Address: 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte, North Carolina NC, 28269, USA
Tel: +1 704 599 2600
Popular among families and only a 10-minute walk from Charlotte city center, Ribbon Walk is a great place for a picnic and a leisurely hike, while also being informative about nature and environmental conservation. Boasting 140 acres / 56 hectares of pristine forest that is crisscrossed by various trails along with a modern education center, this is a convenient location for a healthy day out at a self-styled 'outdoor classroom'.
Open hours: Saturday and Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Address: 9201 University City Boulevard, UNC- Charlotte Campus, Charlotte, North Carolina NC, 28223, USA
Tel: +1 704 547 2555
Located at the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina, these botanical gardens are a must-see for all plant lovers. Here you'll find an amazing variety of plants including numerous rare and endangered species as well as a breathtaking two-story rain forest exhibit.
Open hours: daily
Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary
Address: 248 Ridgewood Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina NC, USA
Tel: +1 704 331 0664
This is one of Charlotte's most treasured attractions, featuring three acres of gardens in the middle of the city. Established in 1927 by Edwin and Elizabeth Clarkson, the latter who was known fondly as the 'bird lady', this series of distinct gardens includes a herb and a rose garden, which attract a huge number of birds, especially during the spring.
Open hours: Tuesday - 15:00 to 17:00, Wednesday - 10:00 to noon, Sunday - 14:00 to 17:00