We recently discovered another outdoor gem in Charlotte: The Botanical Gardens at UNC. The gardens consist of the McMillan Greenhouse (home to carnivorous, cactus, tropical, orchids and primitive plants), and two large outdoor gardens that include anything from evergreens to camellias to wildflowers and rhododendron. Admission is free.
What’s blooming in the greenhouse
The greenhouse is open Monday to Saturday, 10AM – 3PM and Sundays, 1-4PM. The outdoor gardens are open year around during daylight (here is directions and parking info).
• January – February: Orchids
• April 20 and 21st: Enjoy the largest Spring Plant Sale!
• May - July: Carnivorous and tropical plants
Here is the entire blooming calendar
Below are our most memorable moments from the Cactus Room at McMillan Greenhouse. Loved that you were encouraged to touch, feel, smell all the plants. We saw freakish, funny and gorgeous plants from around the world: Mexico, Ecuador, Madagascar, Brazil, and South Africa to name a few. This was a wonderful experience for both of us.
Love nature, be free at the Charlotte Botanical Gardens!
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