On lands bestowed by a local resident, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has grown into more than 400 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Its meadows and lakefront lands hold more than a dozen specialized gardens, with both local and exotic plants and flowers. Often bees and butterflies can be spotted amongst the flowers. There are also sculptures and fountains throughout.
The gardens are meticulously designed and quite pleasing to walk through or relax in. Of particular note is the Four Seasons Garden, which is home to a variety of plants with different shapes, colors, textures, and sizes. There are educational displays and interactive sections for children.
Be sure to check out its Orchid Conservatory and many paths winding throughout the acres, including the Woodland Trail. Many different ecosystems can be viewed in one place, and the air is always fragrant with floral scents.
You'll find the garden just outside of Charlottesville near the state line in Belmont, North Carolina. The best way to get there is via car on either Interstate 85 or 77 and parking is free.
Open daily from 9am-5pm, the garden has a fee of $12.95 to enter ($6.95 for children.) Picnic facilities are available, and drinks and snacks can be found in the Garden Store.