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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Wander along flowerbeds and amid butterflies, breathe in the scents of exotic plants and see the seasonal palettes of colors at this garden west of Charlotte.

Follow butterflies and photograph flowers, plants, trees and bushes from around the world at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. During your visit, you’ll learn about horticulture and ecosystems.

This extensive array of gardens was founded by a retired textile executive and opened in 1999. Daniel Stowe allocated almost 400 acres (161 hectares) of countryside for his dream gardens. Over 100 dedicated staff and volunteers keep the area beautiful year-round. They run activities, educational programs, guided tours and cultural events for all ages throughout the year. The garden is an ongoing project, with additions already planned for the next several decades.

Enter through the white Tuscan columns of the majestic Visitor’s Pavilion. Columned pergolas lead off from both sides, surrounding the perennial colors of the Four Seasons garden. Meander through traditional cottage blooms, a crape myrtle grove and fountains. Sit and relax by the trickle of fountains at the Azalea, Serpentine and Ribbon gardens, or stroll along the short Woodland Trail.

Children will love exploring the potted plant shape of the willow maze. Signs throughout the maze explain the importance of each part of the plant, from the roots to the leaves.

Butterflies fill the Orchid Conservatory in autumn. During the cooler months, the Orchid Spectacular showcases 5,000 different species along with information about the risky expeditions orchid hunters took in Victorian times. Come in the evening during the Christmas season to enjoy hot chocolate in a winter wonderland of fairy lights.

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located just outside of Belmont, west of Charlotte, on the border of North and South Carolina. Driving is the best way to get to the gardens and free parking is available on-site.

The garden is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The paved walkways make most of this attraction accessible for strollers and wheelchairs, except the natural Woodland Trail. You are allowed to bring a picnic.


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Belmont, NC
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Harbortowne Marina and Stowe Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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    Modern Rustic Lakefront Cabin

    Modern Rustic Lakefront Cabin

    Belmont, NC
       
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      Situated on a river, this historic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Harbortowne Marina and Stowe Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      The Cottage on the Shores of Lake Wylie
      The Cottage on the Shores of Lake Wylie

      The Cottage on the Shores of Lake Wylie

      Belmont, NC
         
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        Situated on a lake, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Harbortowne Marina and Stowe Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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        Lake Front Paradise

        Lake Front Paradise

        Belmont, NC
           
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          Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Harbortowne Marina and Stowe Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Camm's Lakeside Retreat - 240 Degree View Of Lake Wylie, 1 Acre Pier Gazebo
          Camm's Lakeside Retreat - 240 Degree View Of Lake Wylie, 1 Acre Pier Gazebo

          Camm's Lakeside Retreat - 240 Degree View Of Lake Wylie, 1 Acre Pier Gazebo

          Belmont, NC
             
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            Situated on a lake, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Harbortowne Marina and Stowe Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Beautiful Belmont - 4 Bedroom House on Large Lot
            Beautiful Belmont - 4 Bedroom House on Large Lot

            Beautiful Belmont - 4 Bedroom House on Large Lot

            Belmont, NC
               
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              Situated in Belmont, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Wylie and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Harbortowne Marina. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Belmont Abby College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              2yr old Home In Charlotte On Main Channel Of Lake Wylie
              2yr old Home In Charlotte On Main Channel Of Lake Wylie

              2yr old Home In Charlotte On Main Channel Of Lake Wylie

              Charlotte, NC
                 
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                Located in Dixie - Berryhill, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Charlotte Premium Outlets. Carowinds Theme Park and Billy Graham Library are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Beautiful Cozy House on Lake Wylie Charlotte North Carolina
                Beautiful Cozy House on Lake Wylie Charlotte North Carolina

                Beautiful Cozy House on Lake Wylie Charlotte North Carolina

                Charlotte, NC
                   
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                  Located in Steele Creek, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Wylie and within 9 mi (15 km) of Carowinds Theme Park and Charlotte Premium Outlets. McDowell Nature Center and Preserve and Metalmorphosis are also within 9 mi (15 km).