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McMillan Greenhouse and gardens at
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road
Charlotte, North Carolina
March 18, 2019

NC map showing location of Charlotte
map showing Mecklenburg County NC

Gardens consist of more than just flowers. There are also trees, waterfalls, ponds, streams, landscaping (both natural and man-made), wildlife, and of course, educational themes, signs, and activities - something for everyone to enjoy.

McMillan Greenhouse what is in bloom

Karen Duquette went here with a Garden Club group. First, they explored the outdoor garden sections.

fern Chick Charms

Below: Camellia japonica cultivar- Japan - Tea Family

Camellia 'Tama-no-Ura'

Camellia 'Governor Mouton'

Camellia flower Camellia flower

Below: Camellia 'Snow Flurry' Camellia sasanqua - Asia

Camellia flower Camellia flowers

Ann Magnolia - Little Girl Hybrid - Magnolia 'Ann' -hybrid - Asian parents

Japanese Maple -
Acer palamtum
'Goshiki Shidare' Asia

Magnolia flowers

Japanese Maple

Fragrant Paperbush - Edgeworthia chrysantha "Snow Cream" China - Daphne Family

Buttercup Winterhazel -
Corylopsis pauciflora - Japan, Taiwan, Witchazel Family

Fragrant Paperbush Buttercup Winterhazel
flower flowers
flowers botanical scenery
flowers flower
flower flower

Below: Orange Paperbush - Edgeworthia paperifera "Akebono' China

Orange Paperbush flower Orange Paperbush flower

Koreanspice Viburnum- Viburnum carlesii - Korea - Honeysuckle family

Miniature Fishtail Palm - Mexico

Koreanspice Viburnum flower Miniature Fishtail Palm - Mexico

Primrose - Primula species and cultivars - Eurasia - Primrose Family

Primrose flowers Primrose flowers
Primrose flowers flowers

TREES

Below: Of course there were also some interesting trees in the outdoor gardens area. Karen liked the Flying Dragon Orange from China - (a part of the Citrus Family) because of the intricate designs the branches of this tree formed. So she took photos at several different angles

Flying Drangon Orange from China Flying Drangon Orange from China
Flying Drangon Orange from China Flying Drangon Orange from China

Below: Sycoparrotia - semidecidua hybrid - (Sycopsis x Parrotia)

Sycoparrotia  tree bark

more trees

trees trees
tree tree and sunshine
pink flowers pink flowers

Below: view from the Formal Terrace plus some geese - The bricks had unique sayings and one of the sayings that Karen liked was "In a Garden, find Comfort and Rest"

Formal Terrace Formal Terrace
geese geese

Below: As with most gardens, there is usually a pond or more with little waterfalls and pond lilies.

pond and waterfall pond and waterfall
lily pods small waterfall
small waterfall small waterfall
close up of a waterfall bottom of the waterfall

Below: LANDSCAPING - natural and man-made

Landscaping is also part of most botanical gardens. As are bridges and water flowing under the bridges. Although the two RV Gypsies do not approve of writing on bridges or other structures in gardens, Karen did notice someone carved "This is a magical place where you can get complete and find the parts of you that you also knew were there." This saying truly fits the mood of these gardens.

natural landscaping- rocks landscaping - bridge

Below: A view from each side of the above bridge.

landscaping - water and rocks landscaping - water and rocks
walkway cover landscaping - water and rocks
landscaping - rocks landscaping - rocks

Below: Karen saw a face in this big rock

a face in a big rock face on big rock illustration
arch arch and Judi White

The two RV Gypsies got transported to a prehistoric time at The McMillan Greenhouse and Dinosaur Garden.

Dinosaur Garden Dinosaur eating a plant

The Desert Room in the Greenhouse

flowers in The Desert Room in the Greenhouse Desert Room
in the Greenhouse Desert Room in the Greenhouse Desert Room

Tropical Fruit and Spice Room in the Greenhouse

sign about Vanilla
Vanilla plant
sign about Tropical Fruits
Tropical Fruit
sign about Black Pepper
Black Pepper plant
sign about the chocolate plant
chocolate plant

The Sun Room in the Greenhouse

Goldfish Plant The Sun Room in the Greenhouse
plants and Sun Room in the Greenhouse plants and Sun Room in the Greenhouse
flower flowers
Life Cycle of the Titan Arum
tree bark plants in the sun room
plants in the sun room of the Greenhouse in the sun room of the Greenhouse
in the sun room of the Greenhouse
rocks under water rocks under water
red and green plant

The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse

The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse
The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse
The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse
The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse flower
The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse
The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse The ORCHIDS section of the Greenhouse

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies The two RV Gypsies stopped at the I-85 Davidson County rest area (Blue Star Memorial Highway) to see the tribute memorial to the Armed Forces that have defended the USA.