15 Free Things to Do in Charlotte, North Carolina
UNC Charlotte is home to botanical gardens with three garden sites – two outdoor and a greenhouse. The gardens feature sixteen collections, including the rare Titan Arum. The outdoor gardens are open and available to visitors during the day while the greenhouse is generally open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Admission to the greenhouse and gardens is free.
The greenhouse and 10 acres of outdoor gardens offer the greatest diversity of plants in one location in Charlotte. The McMillan greenhouse contains exotic plants all year round. These include orchids, desert plants, carnivorous plants, spices and fruit plants, as well as a kaleidoscope of tropical ferns, vines, flowers and shrubs. The Susie Harwood Garden also has year-round interest, including camellias, winter flowering plants, spring bulbs and flowering trees and shrubs, azaleas, aquatic plants, Japanese maples, a patio in mosaic, an Asian garden and the unique Mellichamp Terrace of the natives. The Van Landingham Glen is especially lovely in early to mid spring when the wildflowers and rhododendrons are in bloom. Additionally, the Glen’s woodsy atmosphere and extensive collection of native plants can be enjoyed in any season. (description taken from UNCCharlotte)