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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Known as the "Garden for all Seasons," Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden offers visitors and locals beautiful blooms with a dose of true Southern tranquility. Located 20 miles from the heart of downtown Charlotte in Belmont, NC (population 10,000), the Garden invites a leisurely afternoon or brief escape. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden occupies 380 acres near Lake Wylie, thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Daniel J. Stowe.

Stowe, a former textile executive whose family owned and operated what became the R. L. Stowe Mills for more than a century, donated nearly $30 million in land and funds for the creation of the botanical garden in Belmont. The city itself has deep roots with the textile giants and "yarn kings" of North Carolina, as the city's seal remains a yarn bobbin and their maxim, "The City of Diverse Textiles." Today, Belmont's textile business faces regression, though the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden commemorates the town's history and success.

While Stowe made his donation in 1991, the Garden's board of directors approved a masterplan for the garden's future which spans 50 years. The Garden first opened in 1999 with the Visitor's Pavilion, Formal Display Gardens, and Perennial Gardens. In 2003, the White Garden area was established, and in 2008, the Orchid Conservatory. Currently, visitors can stroll through 19 different garden areas each with their own water art, architecture, and flora.

You might choose to wander the Willow Maze with its sweeping branches and ethereal vines, then continue on to the Orchid Conservatory, Carolina's only glass house that boasts 8,000 square feet of ever-changing orchid and tropical plant exhibits. The Scroll Garden offers a "study in shapes and textures" and attracts pollinators all year around to ensure the gardens stay a thriving ecosystem. And don't forget the Cottage Garden, presenting an array of heirloom plants popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the Stowe family first established their mills. And still, there are dozens more boroughs to see!
Future developments of the Garden include the Woodland Cascade, Rose Pavilion, and Education Center. The Garden is fully handicap accessible, but does not have wheelchairs available onsite. Benches are located throughout the Garden.

During the 2018 VDTA International Trade Show and Convention, March 24-26, the Garden will be open 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Regular daytime admission ticket sales and entry end at 4 PM, as gates are locked at 5:30 PM. Cost of admission is $12.95 Adult, $11.95 Senior.

For more information, visit www.dsbg.org.

Reprinted from Floor Care & Central Vac Professional & SQE Professional, June 2017