Updated: April 2019
An Oasis of Tranquility
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 50 years. All stages were laid out in a master plan before construction began in the early 1990s.
“One of the Nation’s 20 Great Gardens”
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 amazing 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 also offers the work of local artists and many garden and landscaping items.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a member of the reciprocal admission program of the American Horticultural Society.
Holidays at the Garden
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 Visitor Pavilion to warm them up.
February to October:
Mon. to Sun. 9am to 5pm.
November to January:
Mon. to Sun. 9am to 4pm.
Extended hours during special events.
Seniors (60+): $12.95.
Children (2-12): $7.95.
Children (1 and younger): free.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is member of the reciprocal admission program of the American Horticultural Society.
Free on-premise parking.
The garden caters to all ages and gives everybody the opportunity to find something interesting and exciting.
Children can enjoy the merry-go-round at the Lost Hollow.
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.
Except for the Meadowood Walk and the Persimmon Trail all walkways are paved and accessible by wheelchair.
Restrooms are located in the Visitor Pavilion.