I visited the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for the first time in 2017. It isn't far from Charlotte, North Carolina; on the edge of Gastonia. This garden isn't as large as some I've visited. It says it has 100 cultivated acres, but considerably less than that are reached on trails. I'd like to return in the fall when it is cooler and explore some of its acreage that isn't on a trail.
That being said, it is a delightful place to visit. They boast 12 different fountains -- including one called the Alle Garden. It has several arching fountains from two sides forming a 'tunnel' effect. It does, of course, boast a huge Azalea Garden as well as a Children's Garden, Cottage Garden, and other specialized gardens. It also has a very large greenhouse devoted to orchids.
I loved their Horse Chestnut trees, blooming in April. I was astounded by how deeply pink these blossoms are.
Another lovely feature of this botanical garden that I have not seen anywhere else -- if you ask a staff person about the identity of a plant or tree and they are unsure -- they give you a business card with the name and contact information of someone who can help you identify the plant. How great is that? REALLY great, in my opinion!
The official address is 6500 S. New Hope Rd. Belmont, NC. It is open daily 9 - 5. Cost is $12.95 for adults.
Ruthie photographs trees because she loves them.