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 about some of the upcoming events. Make sure to keep reading to learn about the Spring Plant Sale on April 7th to 9th, 2022. The gardens 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.
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 Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on University holidays
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
Find more upcoming events on UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ Facebook page.
Gratitude in the Gardens
Select Sundays in 2022 (see below)
3 to 4 p.m.
Free, but registration is required
Join us for silent, meditative walks through the VanLandingham Glen. Led by Horticulture Technician and Facilities Specialist Jennifer Bueno, these forest strolls will include meditative prompts around the practice of gratitude. Sessions may include meditative art materials as well.
The attitude of gratitude is not just a self-help phrase but a mindset. It means making it a conscious habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for every part of your life. This session is part instructor lead and part self-guided.
This is a walking meditation, not an exercise, hiking, or jogging, but simply being in nature and connecting with it through our sense of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch.
Meet at the Bonnie Cone entrance to the VanLandingham Glen (entrance on Mary Alexander Road, across the traffic circle from East Deck 1, visitor parking deck)
Parking options on the weekends include any unmarked parking space on campus. We recommend East Deck or Lot 5.
This is a free program for adults and teens 13 and up. Donations are welcome!
MUST PRE-REGISTER by emailing Christen Hoover, Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Walks are limited to 12 people each month.
Select Wednesdays in 2022 (see below)
7 to 8 p.m.
$5 (free for UNC Charlotte faculty/staff/students and Garden Members)
Join Amy Tipton, Assistant Director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens for an early evening tour of the Gardens. Get inspired by the interesting and beautiful flora that decorates the Gardens and learn about appropriate choices for your home garden.
Tour will begin at the McMillan Greenhouse. Tour is geared towards adults, but children are welcome (under 12, free). Please note that in case of heavy rain or storms, walks will be cancelled and participants will receive a refund or credit.