Discover the Outdoors with Wild About Summer

Family-friendly summer events at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Wild About Summer series kicks off with Bee Wild on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wild About Summer celebrates nature and encourages families to venture outside and engage in fun, educational and hands-on activities.

Each event features activities unique to the theme in addition to crafts for both children up to age 10 and children over 10. Sproutycakes Bakery will have breakfast and lunch items for sale including cinnamon rolls, muffins, quiches, wraps, and more. Guests can also pre-order picnic lunches from Sproutycakes by calling 704-458-1393 at least 2 days prior to the visit.  Beverages are available from the Garden and Sproutycakes. Visitors can join the Garden weekends July 21 through August 19 for Wild About Summer events which are free with regular Garden admission or free for Garden members. Each

Wild About Summer:  Bee Wild!
July 21 – 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn more about the busy lives of bees and pollination, talk with local beekeepers, and discover just how important these hard-workers are to us and the world.

Wild About Summer:  Wild About Color!
July 28 – 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Celebrate the color and artistry of plants, gardening, nature and the environment. What better place than in a garden? Color and color theory will all be explained.

Wild About Summer:  Wild Wings!
August 4 – 5; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This popular annual event is back at the Garden once again! Join expert Susan Campbell on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as she captures, bands and releases hummingbirds for research. Learn about attracting these tiny ornithological jewels and how to keep them coming back. Both days with feature activities allowing kids to measure their wingspan, examine feathers under a microscope and much more.

Wild About Summer:  Wildlife!
August 11 – 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join our experienced staff to get out ‘in the field’ where you will deepen your connection to nature by getting up close with wildlife. Contribute to a survey collection database and the Garden’s phenology walk. Learn how to be a citizen science observer!

Wild About Summer:  Wild Wonders!
August 18 – 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The wild is full of surprises around every corner! Learn about the unique, bizarre and interesting adaptations plants develop in order to survive in different habitats.

Garden Members are admitted free and general admission is $12.95 per adult, $11.95 per senior 60+, and $6.95 per child 2-12. The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through August for Sip & Stroll. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit


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