If you’re looking to explore and know more about plants and flowers, then UNC Botanical Gardens is the ideal place to be. Located within the premises of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the UNC Botanical Gardens is famous all over the country (and even internationally) for its gigantic collection of plant life and high-profile and large number of visitors.
Also called the Charlotte Botanical Gardens, the UNC Botanical Gardens has a rich collection of plants – both flowering and non-flowering. Their massive collections include everything – from common plants and flowers in and around Charlotte to some of the most exotic and rare species of orchids, perennials bulbs, vines, creepers, and even carnivorous plants. They also have several notable exhibits – these include the McMillan Greenhouse (specializing in housing orchids, violets and tropical plants belonging to the American and African desert environments), the Dinosaur’s Garden (which showcases primitive plants), the 3-acre-wide Susie Harwood Garden (which mainly showcases plants of Asian origin), and Ralph Van Landingham Glen (which houses over 900 species of wildflowers, shrubs and trees. There is no dearth of activity here either – they regularly host plant sales and exhibitions.
They are a respected member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and act as the final resting place for Bonnie Cone – founder of UNC Charlotte.
Address: 9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262