The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina, is not just another Botanical Garden. It is more an oasis of tranquility, where you can enjoy wonderful plants and beautiful views but it is also a place where you can find some rest and quiet time.
Fountains throughout the garden offer some cooling mist during hot summer days.
The East and West Pergolas allow for some shade in the summer and of course more amazing views.
The Garden first opened in 1999 with only the Visitor Pavilion, the Formal Display Garden and the Perennial Gardens completed.
But this is what Daniel Stowe had in mind: The Botanical Garden was to grow in phases over a 50-year period. The White Garden was added in 2003.
The Orchid Conservatory opened in 2008 and is dedicated to the display of tropical plants and is a wonderful year-round destination.
The Home and Garden Television (HGTV) named the Garden one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens”.
There are so many things to do and to see for everybody. Nature lovers, photographers, kids will enjoy the time there.
Some visitors take a chance and go underneath this wonderful fountain over-arching Magnolia Allée. But be careful, you might get wet.
The Garden is a wonderful destination in spring, summer and fall but it turns spectacular during the annual Holidays at the Garden event between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Garden is then tastefully lit - a true festival of lights. Holiday tunes play in the background.
When you get a little cold, well, will a hot chocolate warm you up?
At the White Garden you can admire the snow flake ornaments in the tree. Aren't they lovely?
The Lost Hollow is also nicely decorated. And to keep warm there is a heater placed in the Amphitheater.
Going there will reward you with not just warm hands but also another amazing view. Well, let’s see...
And here it is. The lights reflect magically in the pond and give the scene a romantic touch.
Between Magnolia Allée and Scroll Garden the garden seems to float in green color.
Well, back at the White Garden walking towards the Visitor Pavilion - for some hot chocolate.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is situated on 380 acres of beautiful woodlands bordering Catawba Creek in Belmont, North Carolina.
Its founder Daniel Jonathan Stowe (1913-2006) was a wealthy philanthropist, who had co-founded the Stowe-Pharr Yarns textile company in nearby McAdenville in 1939.
When Daniel Stowe envisioned the Botanical Garden, he thought of developing the property in phases over a 50-year period. All phases were laid out in a master plan before construction began in the early 1990s.
At the opening of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in 1999, the Visitor Pavilion, the Formal Display Gardens and the Perennial Gardens had been completed.
The White Garden was added in 2003 followed by the Orchid Conservatory in 2008, which is the region’s only public conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and a great year-round destination. Of the 380 acres approximately 110 acres have been developed so far.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has been widely acclaimed. The Home & Garden Television (HGTV) named the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden “one of the nation’s 20 Great Gardens”.
Also, the national daily newspaper USA Today suggested the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to be one of the nation’s top 10 places to “welcome fall with a flourish”.
When you visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden you will find many benches along nicely laid out stone paths, where you can rest and enjoy wonderful views of trees, flowers and water fountains. Sometimes you can hear music playing in the background adding some serenity to the moment.
The tastefully decorated gift shop in the main building of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers also work of local artists and many garden and landscaping items.
When you are in the area between Thanksgiving and Christmas you may want to stop by and admire the tastefully decorated Garden during the Holidays at the Garden annual festival of lights. Enjoy a magnificent light show while listening to the warming tunes of Holiday music. Should your hands get cold, well, there is plenty of hot chocolate available inside the main building to warm them up.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is member of the reciprocal admission program of the American Horticultural Society.
The garden caters to all ages and gives everybody the opportunity to find something interesting and exciting.
Kids can enjoy the merry-go-round at the Lost Hollow
Except for the Meadowood Walk and the Persimmon Trail all walkways are paved and accessible with a stroller.
Except for the Meadowood Walk and the Persimmon Trail all walkways are paved and accessible by wheelchair.
Benches are plentiful throughout the garden. Outside tables are at the Visitor Pavilion. There are many opportunities to enjoy a picnic e.g. at the Lost Hollow or the Scroll Garden, just to name a few.
Restrooms are available in the Visitor Pavilion.