UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, is free to visit. It also hosts many free and inexpensive events.
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.
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
Stories in the Woods
Sunday, January 19th, 2020
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Sunday, March 15th, 2020
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Do you love when stories take you on adventures? Imagine listening to these stories surrounded by the beautiful woods at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens!
Join us as we gather to share picture books and do literacy activities!
Bring your cozy blankets and prepare to be transported. Meet at the picnic tables in the Susie Harwood Garden at 1 pm.
Parking options on the weekends include any unmarked parking space on campus. The closest large lot is Lot 5. Just follow the gravel path towards the greenhouse and the Garden will be on your right. Restrooms are located at the adjacent McMillan Greenhouse.
This free 3 month long program is a collaboration between the Charlotte Mecklenburg University City Library and the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Donations are welcome!
Saturday, February 8th, through Friday, February 14th, 2020
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, except Sunday, February 9th, when it’s 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
FreeOne of Charlotte’s Valentine traditions is the orchid sale at UNC Charlotte. The sale will include orchids starting at $10, as well as some houseplants and succulents.
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FreeJoin the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens for a celebration of chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day. Learn about the cocoa tree and how its fruits are processed into delectable confections. Romantic music, a movie, and free samples will enhance your experience. Be sure to visit our orchid display in its annual flowering glory! And don’t forget to bring your sweetie!
- Free chocolate samples
- Free hot cocoa
- Free Presentations and Performances (see below)
Schedule for presentations and performances:
- 11:30 a.m.: “The Cocoa Tree” by Jeff Gillman, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
- 11:30 a.m.: “How Chocolate is Made” by Esa Weinreb, head chocolate maker at The Underground Truffle
- 1:30 p.m.: “The Cocoa Tree” by Jeff Gillman, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
- 1:30 p.m.: “How Chocolate is Made” by Esa Weinreb, head chocolate maker at The Underground Truffle
- 12:30 p.m.: Movie about orchids in Friday Building, room #137
- 2 p.m.: Movie about orchids in Friday Building, room #137
Available for purchase:
- Artisan chocolates from The Underground Truffle
Great Backyard Bird Count Family Hike and Kids’ Craft
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
McMillan Greenhouse classroom
$10 per child ($7 with membership)
Come learn about The Great Backyard Bird Count and go for a short hike through the woods in our Van Landingham Glen to see if you can spot any of the special birds we have learned about. We will follow up with a felt bird craft in the McMillan Greenhouse classroom. Please note: an adult is required to stay with the registered child(ren).
More free things to do in Charlotte
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Monday, January 27, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020