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Stunning Charlotte Botanical Gardens: weird, funny, yet beautiful cactus plants

Posted By ShoutCarolina,Date: 04.08.2012

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.

Fun posing with the French mustache cactus plant

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.

Bizarre Cacti McMillan Greenhouse at UNC Charlotte

Oh no a giant green tarantula!

American pastime comes in a cactus!

A full garden immersion for the entire family at McMillan Greenhouse in Charlotte

What a cute baby cactus!

Various euphorbia cacti from South Africa

Who said cacti are boring? Charlotte free fun stuff for kids to do

Most unusual cacti at Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Another weird looking cactus from South Africa

Love nature, be free at the Charlotte Botanical Gardens!

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    3 Responses to “Stunning Charlotte Botanical Gardens: weird, funny, yet beautiful cactus plants”

    1. Carnivorous Venus, Pink Pitcher, Lovebug and Monkey Cups…pretty little eaters at McMillan Greenhouse, Charlotte free fun things to see « Shout About South Carolina Travel, Family Attractions and Free Things to Do Says:

      [...] most bizarre plants from around the world. The greenhouse has several rooms: Carnivorous, Orchids, Cactus, Dinosaurs (yeah that’s right!), and Tropical. Admission is free and the greenhouse is open [...]

    2. » Weird tropical fruit trees, bizarre plants and fancy spices, your Charlotte free and exotic gateway »South Carolina Family Attractions, Free, Affordable and Fun Things To Do Says:

      [...] smelling and learning about exotic, weird and most funny looking plants from around the world. We goofed around in the Cactus room, brought home a carnivorous plant (an amazing insect killing machine so far), [...]

    3. » Charlotte Botanical Gardens, a free family outdoor delight year around »South Carolina Family Attractions, Free, Affordable and Fun Things To Do Says:

      [...] kept secrets is the beautiful Botanical Gardens. Indoor is the McMillan Greenhouse with some of the weirdest plants you’ll ever see. Outdoor are the Susie Harwood winter garden and the Van Landingham Glen native plants garden. [...]

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