UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, is free to visit. It also hosts many free and inexpensive events.
Read on to learn a little bit about the Gardens, and then about some of the upcoming virtual events.
The Gardens remain open. They are a hidden gem in Charlotte. If you haven’t visited yet, make sure to make a point to do so soon! They are interesting and beautiful in every season, but spring in the Gardens is just gorgeous.
If you have an interest in botany you’ll want to spend hours exploring every square inch of the Gardens. The plants are labeled. But you don’t have to be interested in plants to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Gardens.
There are two main areas to explore.
Susie Harwood Garden
The Susie Harwood Garden features native and non-native plants that grow well in the Piedmont. If you’re planning to do landscaping of your own, you’ll be inspired by the plants, gardening styles and landscaping here.
Susie Harwood Garden also features a pagoda, bridges, creeks, waterfalls, a pond, an Asian Garden, and more.
Van Landingham Glen
The Van Landingham Glen is a woodland section of the gardens. It features a collection of rhododendrons and native plants of the Carolinas. You’ll find wildflowers, ferns, native trees and shrubs.
The plants of the Glen are catalogued on the UNCC website. So, feel free to explore the website and then use the map to look for the plants in the Glen.
Hours for UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Open every day during daylight hours
The McMillan Greenhouse
Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
NOTE: The Greenhouse is temporarily closed.
Parking at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
There are five free parking spaces next to McMillan Greenhouse for garden and greenhouse visitors. They are in Lot 16A. Just sign the sign-in sheet inside the greenhouse with your license plate number.
If those spots are full, additional, paid, parking is available at East Deck 1 and the Union Deck. Use the Campus Parking Map to find these decks.
You may park in any space on campus that’s not marked as reserved, for free, without a permit.
Upcoming events at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
In person events have been canceled, but UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens is hosting some virtual events. Please follow the links for information and to register.
Live Event: Virtual Stroll Through the Greenhouse with Jeff
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Take a virtual stroll through the Greenhouse with Director Dr. Jeff Gillman.Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap
More virtual eventsCheck out our big list of upcoming virtual events, or look at a few of them here:
Thursday, October 28, 2021