Mission & History

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, a Garden for all seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. The breathtaking Visitor Pavilion welcomes visitors to 110 acres of spectacular gardens including a children’s garden, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a Dry Piedmont Prairie, annual and perennial displays, sparkling fountains, walking trails and more.

Mission

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden creates an inspiring, unforgettable garden experience that instills a love of nature and its beauty.

History

In 1991, Daniel J. Stowe, a retired textile executive from Belmont, North Carolina, reserved 380 acres of prime rolling meadows, woodlands, and lakefront property and established a foundation on which to develop a world-class botanical garden. A lifelong nature lover and gardening enthusiast, Stowe and his wife, Alene, envisioned a complex evolving over several decades to rival other internationally-renowned gardens.

Standing sentinel over the Garden is the stunning 13,500 square-foot Visitor Pavilion with its breathtaking 100-year-old stained-glass dome. The pavilion opened in 1999 along with eight garden rooms and 12 exceptional fountains. In 2008, The Orchid Conservatory opened later followed by the opening of Lost Hollow: The Kimbrell Children’s Garden in 2014. In 2019, the Garden is opening the Piedmont Prairie Garden in celebration of the 20th anniversary.

Celebrating 20 Years

On October 9, 1999, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden hosted the Grand Opening of a new 110-acre campus, including gardens, fountains, buildings, and grounds. This is all part of the original Master Plan, designed by eminent landscape architect Geoffrey Rausch. Now 20 years later, visitors continue to enjoy the splendors of nature and learn to become active participants in preserving our natural environment. They see meticulously groomed formal gardens, natural woodland, meadow and wetland areas, greenhouses with tropical plants viewed in their natural environments, and myriad annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, vines and trees. Education is one of the Garden's the prime objectives, where seminars and workshops are held throughout the year appealing to all generations. The interested learner of any level will find opportunities to gain further knowledge about gardening, botany, natural history, and preservation.

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