The appealing garden site has a long history of use by its inhabitants. Originally, Native Americans of the Catawba and Cherokee tribes trapped, fished, hunted and raised families here. Later, the area served as home to early European settlers. In recent years, the garden’s meadowlands have been used as pasture for farm animals, although much of the site is covered by mature deciduous woodlands and pine forest.
Although a relatively new facility, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has a very old historical connection. French botanist André Michaux rode and walked across the Garden property in 1795. Michaux found new plants in Gaston County not far from the current Garden, including Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla).
More than 200 years later on this same farmland, the Garden hosted the Grand Opening of 110 developed acres on October 9, 1999. The opportunity to join as a founding member ended with 5,297 members.
Today, standing sentinel over the new acreage is the Robert Lee Stowe Visitor Pavilion featuring pale yellow stucco walls fronted by 20 white Tuscan columns and topped with a copper roof. Outside guests will find 10-acres complete with lush gardens, 12 sparkling fountains plus a ½ mile Woodland Trail.
With 32 full- and part-time employees and more than 100 devoted volunteers, DSBG continues to build recognition and its reputation. HGTV named the Garden one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” and USA TODAY proclaimed it one of the nations top 10 places to “welcome fall with a flourish.”
Development of the Master Plan, designed by an eminent landscape architect, will occur over the next several decades. Future plans for the Garden include a home demonstration garden, a boat water entrance with lakeside visitor center, a children’s garden, a rose garden, a restaurant, an Asian garden and much more.
The Orchid Conservatory is the region’s only public conservatory devoted to the display of tropical plants. Opened in January 2008, it features the world’s finest and most interesting orchids. The wide range of plants on display will enable guests to learn about tropical ecosystems around the world. Year-round the display will include a selection of orchids. Each winter, the Garden presents its Orchid Spectacular and in the fall, butterflies become a major added attraction in the display.
The orchid conservatory makes the garden a true year-round facility, to serve not only the general public but school children around the region. Those topics vary by the season and by the age group, but most focus on either horticulture and gardening or some aspect of life science or conservation. The series of curriculum-based school programs, specifically designed for Kindergarten to Fifth Grade levels, meet goals established by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. DSBG offers year-round special events and classes ranging from gardening and landscape to pottery and cooking with herbs
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