Guided Tours

John showing off the orchids

John showing off the orchids

We offer guided tours of the greenhouse &/or outdoor gardens on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, according to staff availability.  If you are interested in bringing a group for a guided tour (group size between 7 & 45), please read the details below for adult groups or children’s groups, then fill out a tour request form.  Fee for a guided tour is $3 per person.  

Tour requests must be at least a week in advance.  After submitting your form Paula or Kathy will contact you to schedule or for more information.

If you would like to bring a group to the gardens to visit on their own, without a guide, please email or call Paula to schedule if your group is larger than 8.  If less than 8 in party, no need to call ahead, just visit as any individual would.  Greenhouse open hours are M-Sat, 10 am – 3pm , Sundays 1-4.   pmgross@uncc.edu  704-687-0719

Adult groups

The Asian Garden

The Asian Garden

Each tour guide can lead 15 visitors.  We can usually accommodate 45 visitors total* (3 guides).  The fee for a guided tour is $3 per person and may be paid by cash or check (individually or as a group).
*If your group is larger than 45, we recommend visiting Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC (20 minutes west of downtown Charlotte).

Guided tours can last from a half hour to an hour & a half, and can include the greenhouse only, gardens only, or a bit of both, depending on your preference.  If your group has a particular botanical interest, let us know ahead of time and we will happily focus the tour as such.  To schedule, please begin by filling out this request form.

School / children groups

Venus Fly-traps in summer

Venus Fly-traps in summer

Guided tours of the greenhouse or gardens may be scheduled for school groups studying plants (up to 40 students, depending on staff availability).  Tours are generally scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  The fee for guided tours is $3 per child. No charge for chaperones. Please be sure that you bring at least one adult chaperone for every 12 children.

Guided tours for children generally last between 45 minutes to an hour & half, depending on focus and age of children.  If you are studying a particular aspect of plants and would like your tour to have a special focus, please let us know.   To schedule, please begin by filling out this request form.

If the group you would like to bring is larger than 40, we suggest trying Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in North Mecklenburg, or Reedy Creek Nature Preserve on Rocky River Rd. off Harris Blvd. – all three of which can accommodate larger groups. Unfortunately, we are truly limited in space and support and cannot accommodate large groups for tours.



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