The UNCC Botanical Gardens offers spectacular botanical sights throughout the entire year, whether guests visit one of the outdoor gardens or the McMillan Greenhouse. The plants on display, however, reach their peak bloom at different times of the year, resulting in a unique experience with each season. A guide is available on the website of the UNCC Botanical Gardens to help visitors plan a trip to the gardens or to see what plants are currently in bloom.
Visitors will find orchids in full bloom in the McMillan Greenhouse from January to February. During this time, guests can view the largest variety of different types blooming. Also during the winter months, winter-loving plants can be seen along the Susie Harwood Garden's Winter Trail. Among the winter plants are evergreens, Japanese flowering Apricot, Witch Hazels, and ornamental barks. Late February through March brings Camelias, early bulbs, Edgeworthia, Hellebores, Cornelian Cherry, Mahonia, and several more plants to the Winter Garden in the Susie Harwood Garden.
The Van Landingham Glen begins to be filled with blooming ephemeral wildflowers, including bloodroot, Hepatica, and trout lily. These are followed by bluebells, green-and-gold, trilliums, wild geranium, phlox, and many others. The spring wildflowers continue from early to mid-April in the Glen with anemones, trilliums, jack-in-the-pulpits, mayapples, columbine, woodland phlox, foamflowers, and emerging ferns. Dogwoods, azaleas, Japanese maple foliage, redbuds, silverbell, perennials, styrax, spring bulbs, and viburnums help transform the Harwood Garden into a green paradise throughout April.
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