Grandiflora:  Gamrath Glass

The Garden is thrilled to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an awe-inspiring, larger-than-life botanical glass exhibit, Grandiflora: Gamrath Glass at the Garden. Guests will be mesmerized by hundreds of pieces of glass making up dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and more. The garden’s annual beds will feature big, bold, beautiful plants with large flowers and leaves to complement Gamrath’s sculptures.

By day visitors are welcome to explore the Garden and glass sculpture throughout, while by night the sculptures will illuminate. Please note that select unlit areas of the Garden (without sculptures) including Lost Hollow and the Perennial Gardens will close at 8:30 p.m.

The Beer Garden is open (weather permitting) Saturdays and Sundays by day from 12 to 4:30 p.m. and by night Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m.  Grab a cold regional craft brew, cider or glass of wine, play a round of cornhole, listen to live music and grab a bite from food trucks on select nights -- click here for the full music and vendor schedule to plan your visit.

The Garden is grateful for the following supporters who helped make this exhibit possible: May & Carroll Barger, Mr. & Mrs. James J. Bissell, Anne & Tom Efird, Gaston Community Foundation, Pam & Andy Warlick and Pat & Bill Williamson.

Grandiflora Hours & Admission

Grandiflora by DayGrandiflora by Night
Daily, May 24 – Sept. 29; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Thursday – Sunday, May 30 – Sept. 29; 6 – 10 p.m.
Tickets available at the door!Tickets available at the door & online.
Adult:  $14.95Adult: $14.95
Senior 60+:  $12.95Senior 60+: $12.95
Child 2 – 12:  $7.95Child 2 – 12:  $7.95
Child Under 2: FreeChild Under 2: Free
Members: Free + 50% off up to 4 GuestsMembers + up to 4 Guests: 30% off

About Jason Gamrath

The immensity of Gramrath’s botanical works captivates audiences and calls attention to the beauty of normally tiny details within the natural world. A Seattle area native, Gramrath began studying glass sculpting at the young age of 15 and has worked and trained with many renowned artists including Preston Singletary, Karen Willenbrink, Richard Royal, Ross Richmond and Sally Prasch. His work is collected internationally and the pieces on display at the Garden will also be available for purchase.

Grandiflora FAQ

Do you have wheelchairs or strollers available?
Wheel chairs and strollers are not available for rent, although the Garden is stroller/handicap accessible. Benches are located throughout the Garden.

Are pets allowed?
Only trained service animals that perform life functions for individuals with disabilities are permitted in the Garden.

What if it rains?
The Garden is open rain or shine. Refunds or rain checks on admission ticket purchases are not granted for weather related reasons. In the event of extreme weather the Garden may close. Please call 704-825-1294 prior to your visit if you have concerns.

Can we bring food and beverages?
Picnics and coolers are welcome anywhere on the property, but please no alcoholic carry-ins or grills. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the terrace or at picnic tables.

Do you have a restaurant on site?
No, but beverages and light snacks are available in The Garden Store for purchase. The Garden will host a food vendor on select evenings and weekends during Grandiflora -- click here to view a schedule. Weather permitting, subject to change.

Can I bring art supplies and/or a camera?
Yes, the Garden encourages creativity! Please read our photo policy here for more info on photography in the Garden before your visit.

Advance sales end at 5 p.m. each day, then tickets are available at the door. Purchase tickets in advance online and receive a $5 discount on a hardcover copy of Botanical Exotica featuring stunning images of Jason Gamrath's sculptures in The Garden Store!