Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden {Charlotte, NC}

I didn’t ask for much for my birthday.  Well, I take that back.  I did ask for a car (denied), a breast lift (again, denied) and a tropical vacation (tabled for later discussion).  In the realm of reasonable requests, all I asked for was some time away from the house – away from the kids, free from chores and sans the errands.  We spent the day out and about, driving with no real destination in mind.  One of our stops was Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Daniel Stowe Botanical GardenI’ve lived in or around the Charlotte area for my entire life and there are so many places I have yet to visit.  While Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has only been open since 1999, it is one of the places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time.  Even in the winter, the gardens were beautiful.  We enjoyed strolling the paved paths, as well as a jaunt through the woods down toward Lake Wylie.  We had a great time identifying the animal tracks we saw along the way (easily identified were deer, racoon and dog tracks).

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens CharlotteThe orchid conservatory was one of the most beautiful displays of blooms I’ve ever seen!  The colors and varieties of plant life were amazing!  I’ve always loved orchids, but have never been able to keep them alive, so I was truly impressed with their collection and the amount of work that must go into keeping it up.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens OrchidOf all of the unique things we saw, this tree took the cake.  It might be called a floss silk tree, but it feels anything but silky!  Those spiky looking appendages are SHARP!  They cover the whole tree, top to bottom.  I can’t imagine climbing this tree would be at all possible.

interesting treeWhen we found the fairy garden, I was a little sad that we didn’t have the kids with us.  They would have loved it!  Tiny fairy houses, tiny trees and even a little train.  We’ll definitely head back with the kids in the spring.

Amazing Fairy GardenEverything may not have been bursting with color, as I am sure it is in the spring and summer, but the gardens were still quite beautiful and less crowded than they are during peak blooming season.  I am looking forward to going back in the Spring, but was very happy with our beautiful winter day at the gardens.

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