UNC - Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Amenities: Handicap Accessibility, Restrooms, Information Available

Unique Features:  Located on the east side of the University campus, the Botanical Gardens include two outdoor gardens and the eight-room McMillan Greenhouse. The 7-acre Van Landingham Glen provides a woodland setting and is home to many hundred species of native plants of the Carolinas. Regions within the Glen mimic coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain habitats, providing a broad range of ecological diversity in one place. A selection of plants along the trails are clearly labeled and seasonal brochures highlight particular plants at their prime. The Glen also hosts one of the most diverse rhododendron gardens in the Southeast, displaying maximum color in late April and early May. While visiting, don’t miss the displays at the greenhouse and the adjacent, 3-acre Susie Harwood Garden. The greenhouse features orchids, carnivorous and bog plants, a rainforest conservatory, and desert room. The Harwood Garden features a gazebo overlooking a pond with waterfalls, a winter garden trail, decorative rockwork and ornamental bridges, and many choice selections of woody and herbaceous plants from around the world.

Habitat: Upland Forest, Floodplain Forest

Additional Information:  Visitors to the Botanical Gardens must obtain a weekday parking permit, place it inside your windshield, and park in designated areas across Michael Craver Road from the greenhouse.  Permits are located at the Parking Services Office, adjacent to the parking lot. No permit is required on the weekends. Admission is free.

Hours:  Gardens open daily 7:00 a.m. to Sunset.  Greenhouse open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Directions: From Interstate 85, Exit 46.  Travel east on Mallard Creek Church Road for approximately 1.5 miles.  Turn right onto Mary Alexander Road.  Continue 0.5 mile onto the UNC-Charlotte campus and turn right onto Michael Craver Road.  Immediately to your right is a small parking area with designated Gardens/Greenhouse visitor spaces.

UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens Map

Contact Information:
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens
McMillan Greenhouse
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223
704-687-2364
UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens