A Visit to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

 I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Garden Week.

One of my assignments :) for garden week was to visit and share a public garden and I’m so glad I did. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is about an hour drive from me and well worth the visit if you’re in the area!

Apologies in advance, Camera + Garden flowers = a photo heavy post for me, even after much editing! 


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden,

the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons

is located in Belmont, NC,

within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie. . .


. . .With spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains,

a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical

plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop

and nature walk.


 HGTV named it one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” and USA TODAY says the Garden is one of the nation’s best places to “welcome fall with a flourish.” 


 I’m looking forward to another visit in the fall and early summer to see what’s in bloom. From Thanksgiving to end of December is DSBG’s busiest time of year to view the holiday light display.


In 1991, retired Belmont, North Carolina, textile executive Daniel Jonathan Stowe bestowed a gift destined to provide beauty and joy to future generations. With the vision of a botanical garden to rival the world’s best, Stowe set aside nearly 400 acres of prime rolling meadows, woodland and lakefront property.


The Board of Directors of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden approved a master plan for the garden in 1994. In 1999, the Visitor Pavilion, Formal Display Gardens and Perennial Gardens opened. Future development will be completed through public and private support over the next several decades. You can see a layout of the gardens along with more of the history and future development and plans here.


I visited the gardens on a weekday in mid May. The gardens were abuzz with activity with 4 school buses of children visiting. I fear the poor birds in the aviary may never recover or maybe they’re immune by now :)






Stop and smell the roses

and stroll along with me. . .

Stop and Smell the Roses

. . .there is plenty of seating and benches

scattered throughout

the gardens if you need to rest!












The Ragan Reflecting Canal Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens



Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens




Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Bench


I’ll be back with a stroll through

The Orchid Conservatory

 later this week!


Visit Jain

for Garden Week:

 a quiet life

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Thank you for your visit!


  29 comments for “A Visit to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

  1. May 28, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Mary, did you take a chance? :-) I would love to spend time with the birds in the aviary. Some day in my travels, I may be able to visit this lovely botanical garden. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Carol Jones :-)
    May 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Mary~So glad you posted this. Didn’t even know this place existed & now I can’t wait to go!! Thanks for always inspiring us, your faithful followers! ♥

  3. maureen
    May 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

    What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing your journey in the gardens.

  4. Cheryl
    May 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    What a great job you did capturing all the beauty of this garden and what a lovely day you had to do it. I am looking forward to seeing photos of all your future visits.

  5. May 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. My husband and I love to visit Botanicle gardens. Mother nature has beautiful colors!🌺🌻🌸

  6. May 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for the stroll through the botanical gardens with you, Mary. Your photos help me love vicariously through you!

  7. May 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Oops…meant “live”!

  8. Stacey
    May 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wonderful pictures! Makes me feel like I’m at the gardens with you! Thanks so much for sharing a “local” place to visit, I’m ready to go today!

  9. Lani
    May 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    We visited the Garden when my daughter and husband moved to Charlotte 11 years ago. Thank you for sharing because now we will be sure to go this fall during our visit.

  10. Judy Acker
    May 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Thank you for sharing. Your pictured are beautiful. I am going to add the gardens to my travel book.

  11. May 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

    oh, oh, OH! HOW I WISH I WAS ON THIS FIELD TRIP! what a treat its all shared though your eyes and lens… i so love assignments!

    by the way, teacher makes this an A+

    i just have to say when i scroll down i make comments as i go, while its fresh in my mind, in this case i did not, i refused to stop and type, i so love the garden i think the walk should flow unimpeded… you may be missing the finer points i share of general oohs and ahhs, but the GRAND scope of your tour was MAGNIFICENT!

    the pink chair flowing into the pink roses, all edited for maximum gratification :-)

    all that cool lush water tingles my souls…

    all the details you shared…

    FREAKING REFRESHING! oh i am so glad you found time to slip out to share, it sounds like you thought if wasn’t such a bad gig after all! thanks for being a novel baker, i so love watching our different worlds unfold~

  12. May 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    As you have done with your Charleston posts, I love the way you can capture a place by choosing photos with the important little details that give it such character~these gardens are stunning, with all the fun and funky places to sit, an arbor of water and sculptures of flying fish! That aviary is fabulous! I do feel like I’ve experienced it myself!

  13. Teddee Grace
    May 28, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Lovely! As a Pisces I especially enjoyed the line of fishes.

  14. May 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Oh so pretty. I especially like all the different chairs adn benches so you can stop and linger.

  15. May 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Looks like a great place… will try to visit when I’m in Charlotte later this summer for another event. Thanks for sharing!

  16. May 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Oh my, what a beautiful garden! Your pictures are excellent and thank you so much for taking us on this wonderful tour. I am afraid I wold never leave.

  17. May 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’m so glad you made the visit to share all these amazing shots with us. Visiting gardens is always on my to do list when traveling to other towns. Will add this to my list and hope that I get that way. The aviary structure is charming! Did you take a change and brave the water arch? ‘-)

  18. May 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, my goodness! I did not know that place existed! Will have to add to my “things to do” next time I visit my family in NC!!!

    Love the girl releasing or feeding? bird statue!

  19. Vanessa
    May 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for writing about Daniel Stowes Botanical Gardens. I live in Fort Mill and am a member of the Gardens. What great pictures! I have been following your blog for a few months now. So inspiring. Love your creativity and enthusiasm for sharing all things that are beautiful. Thanks for what you do. Blessings!

  20. Tyler
    May 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Loo ks like a great experience. Thank for the post.

  21. Bonnie
    May 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    The photos were absolutely stunning. You have such a good “eye” for the details and beauty of a subject. I really appreciate you sharing this unheard of before treasure. I would love to visit there myself, although you captured so much that I feel I may have already! Thanks!!

  22. Peggy Thal
    May 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing. Really love the birds and the statues.

  23. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    May 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Looks like you had a beautiful visit Mary, lovin’ the pink rocker:@)

  24. May 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I enjoyed this tour so much, Mary, and I’m looking forward to the orchids!

  25. May 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What a beautiful place. Thanks so much for the tour and I look forward to more! We are SO fortunate to have Longwood gardens 15 minutes from us. We are members so can go as often as we want. It is beautiful all year long too.

  26. May 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

    How beautiful…

  27. franki
    May 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, I’ll bet the fragrance was breathtaking, too!! franki

  28. May 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Mary, I have heard of this garden and have always wanted to visit…now this is on my list of places to go to soon!…Thanks for this gorgeous tour…loved all of the magnificent photos you took!…

  29. June 7, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Mary, This looks like a wonderful spot to spend some time (maybe without the school groups!:)) and we love to visit gardens. I’m putting it on the list we have been compiling for the days when we can travel without deadlines. Wouldn’t you love one of those twin chairs with the table joining them? So cozy. Thank you for taking us on this virtual trip. Linda

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