Friday, October 30, 2015

Day Trip: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

For my mom's birthday this year, we planned a little outdoor adventure with the family. Just southwest of Charlotte is the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Mr. G taking a walk through the fall flowers.

This is a great seasonal activity to enjoy on a day with good weather. Spring and Fall are probably the best times to visit, but if you don't mind a little heat, I'm sure summer has bountiful blooms. In winter, they also decorate with lights for the holidays. There is even a four seasons garden that shows beautiful color year round.

This is us!
You can meander each of the areas at your own pace. There are two large pergolas, several fountains, and an orchid conservatory. The tunnel fountain (behind us in the above image) was so much fun to walk (er, run) through.

It's decorative gourd season.
Mr. G just learned to say pumpkin (well, something that we know means pumpkin!) and spots them anywhere we go. This was definitely a found treasure.

He loved this fluffy pink grass.
There are also trails that lead to nearby Lake Wylie and connect to the Carolina Thread trail. Since our little guy was getting hungry we didn't have time to check these out but definitely plan to next visit.

Our favorite part was this cave in the children's area.
A newer addition to the gardens is the Lost Hollow Children's Garden. Trails and structures, including the Moon Keep make it a special place for little ones to explore. I can't wait to take Mr. G back when he is a little older.

The indoor gardens were full of fun too. 

Our last stop was in the orchid conservatory. Since the gardens weren't too crowded the day we went Mr. G got to walk around at his leisure discovering things large and small. The grandparents enjoyed their visit just as much as the little one, and I highly recommend a visit with friends and family of any age. 



1 comment:

  1. Mr. G is having so much fun! How adorable is he with his cute outfit on. The gardens are gorgeous and so pretty in the Fall with the Pumpkins. I would love to go to this place with the family!

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