If you are planning a visit on the following Saturdays:
Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, see here first.
Directions to Greenhouse
GPS & Online Mapping Users: Use “9090 Craver Rd.” for GPS or other mapping applications to locate the greenhouse. Be aware that Mary Alexander Rd is NOT MARKED coming off of Mallard Creek Church. Using our mailing address will take you to the main entrance of the campus, but not to the greenhouse, specifically.
What follows are what we consider the simplest directions for visitors unfamiliar with the campus or University area. (Scroll down past parking information for links to alternate directions & maps).
via I-85: Off I-85, take exit 46 east, Mallard Creek Church Rd. (Off 85 South that’s a left, off 85 North that’s a right). At the third stoplight (about 1.5 mi) turn RIGHT on road marked Bonnie Cone on left, but UNMARKED Mary Alexander Rd on right. You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.
via I-485: Take exit 32 (Hwy. 29) off I-485. Head west on hwy. 29, Tryon St. (off I-485 North, that’s a left, off I-485 South, its a right.) The next main intersection past 485 is at Mallard Creek Church Rd. Take a LEFT onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. At the next stoplight, turn RIGHT onto road marked Bonnie Cone (on left), but UNMARKED Mary Alexander Rd (to right). You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.
Gardens Visitor Parking
Botanical Gardens Visitor parking is located across Craver Rd. from the greenhouse.
- There are 6 parking spots in that lot identified (with signs) for “gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors”.
- You may park in one of those spaces, but you must obtain a temporary parking permit from the Parking Services Office (building adjacent to lot). You will be issued a 4-hr, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror.
These permits ARE required Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Permits are NOT required after 5 pm or on the weekend.
If the visitor spaces are full , you have a couple of other parking options, depending on when you are visiting. If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, you may park in any parking space on campus that is not restricted by its own sign (like, “reserved 24-hrs”, for instance).
If you are visiting Monday through Friday, your additional parking options are metered spaces (there are a few down Craver Rd. on right), or the Visitor section of the East Parking Deck (adjacent to traffic circle, Cato Hall, and the edge of the Van Landingham Glen).
UNC Charlotte is located in northeast Charlotte (referred to as ” the University area”). Campus can be reached by taking I-485, I-85, Hwy 29, or Hwy 49, depending on your location and familiarity with the area.
The Greenhouse & Gardens are on the east end of the campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander & Michael Craver Rd. If you come in the main entrance, look for signs directing you to the gardens and garden parking.
Visiting the Gardens