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UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

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Address: 9090 Craver Rd, McMillan Greenhouse, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
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+1 704-687-2364
10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:00

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Wonderful (somewhat) hidden gem

I 've meandered through the gardens a half dozen or so times in the past several years. Admission is free but you may have to pay to park on campus. I suggest you go through at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 August 2016
Cornelius, North Carolina
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Manton, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had 3 seniors and a family of 5...teen, tween and 9 yr old. The greenhouses were lovely, orchids, Venus fly traps, unusual succulents, one had a dinosaur and little Creek/waterfall...very well done, room of spices, fruit trees...well worth a walk thru. Across the street is an entrance to the gardens...all very well done. Most of the blooms were already... More 

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Great place to study natives! Most large specimens are labeled but hoping in time more herbaceous plant material will be identified. We particularly enjoyed all the bridges and surprises along the trail and the vistas it provided.

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I 've meandered through the gardens a half dozen or so times in the past several years. Admission is free but you may have to pay to park on campus. I suggest you go through at different times of year to really enjoy the native plants. Things are well marked and there are nice places to sit and relax.

Thank jpharkey
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a fun non-crowded garden to explore. Cool plants and a few sculptures to see as well. The area is small but for the free price it's worth checking out if you are going to be in the area.

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Garner, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

this is a nice quick place to visit a few greenhouses with interesting plants and across the street a nice sized garden and grounds to walk. Check yourself for ticks after.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

After terrorizing Carowinds and blasting through the water park we decided to do something a little quiter today, BINGO, this is one of the most awesome gardens I have visited! Just beautiful. And didn't realize it was a hike also so we got exercise and entertainment together. Awesome!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Beautiful botanical gardens and really well done green house! The Glenn gardens was more of a hike in the woods so just be prepared for that. We had a stroller with a 2 year old, which was challenging at times bc of rough paths and steps and doable but not recommended. Would definitely come again!

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I was there on graduation day and there were several students and their families enjoying the beauty and serenity of the the gardens. The botanical gardens alone would have been a reason for my going to college in Charlotte. I wonder how many students spent some time there before departing?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite spots for being around nature. A small piece of ZEN in the city! And, it's absolutely gorgeous in the spring! The Asian Garden is my favorite. (Parking on campus is free on the weekend.)

Thank TamTam999
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

We could tell, the gardens would be spectacular a little later into Spring. Everything was just starting to green, but only a few plants were blooming. Would love to go back! The greenhouses are great! & we didn't realize it, but there are plants for sale, as well. It's a great little day trip!

Thank AustinKitt

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