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Garden Stories

Charlotte is an amazing city with many wonderful public and private garden spaces. We have enjoyed being a part of so many of these spaces and look forward to all the new adventures in gardening that lay ahead! Share your garden story with us and help inspire others to keep Charlotte blooming! 

The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens are free, public botanical gardens and greenhouses located on the campus of UNC Charlotte. 10 acres of public gardens include the native woodlands of the VanLandingham Glen, which boasts a stunning collection of native azaleas, rhodedendron, wildflowers, and native trees, and the Susie Hardwood Garden which has carefully curated and maintained formal gardens with beautiful hardscaping and flowers blooming year-round. In the McMillan greenhouses, guests will encounter an exquisite orchid collection, as well as tropical and exotic plants (including the ever popular corpse flower), fruits, and spices, a desert room, a ferns room, and a fascinating collection of carnivorous plants in the courtyard. 


The Gardens are known for their native plants, the annual Spring and Fall plant sales, as well as the workshops and events they offer. A full calendar of upcoming events at the Gardens can be found at:

Located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wing Haven provides a natural oasis for reflection and study of its two public gardens. Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary is rich in Southern horticulture and a habitat for birds and wildlife. The Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden is the site of a world-renowned garden writer’s living laboratory. Together, these historic properties welcome visitors of all ages to discover and learn. Wing Haven also offers more than 40 programs and special events each year.


New to Wing Haven is the Student Environmental Education and

Discovery (SEED) Wildlife Garden and redesigned Children's Garden. The purpose of this new garden space is to keep the dedicated vision of our garden creators alive by providing an additional place for learning and enjoyment for children. In the SEED garden, the central focus is birdlife, seen as a marker of a healthy, diverse ecosystem of native plants and animals. The Children’s Garden at Wing Haven provides a space for intensive production of edibles in raised beds and lessons in composting and vermiculture. 


Wing Haven is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. See the website for additional visitor information and to register for programs, camps, tours and events.

“As part of the 100th Anniversary celebration for The Duke Mansion, we embarked on an expansive plan to make our 4.5 acres of grounds and gardens a place of wonder and delight, befitting the history of The Mansion itself. With the support of generous donors, the artistry of Laurie Durden, the garden designer and the continued partnership of Providence Landscape Group, today The Duke Mansion grounds, named The Mary DBT Semans Gardens, are open to explore and enjoy.

Stroll our gardens surrounded by majestic and historic trees, year-round blooms, and the splendor of a southern garden.  Find a quiet nook to relax, watch pollinators in action, sip your wine or coffee or read a book. Visit our webpage for more information about The Mansion and visiting our gardens:

More Garden Stories Coming Soon!

If you would like for your garden to appear in our Garden Gallery please submit up to 5 pictures along with a short paragraph about your garden.

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