The 7-acre Van Landingham Glen is a woodland garden showcasing native plants of the Carolinas, as well as being one of the most diverse rhododendron gardens in the Southeast. Stepping into the Glen, one feels a shift. The Glen provides the natural calm and contemplative atmosphere of a mountain woods – a retreat right on campus.
A visit to the Glen in late March through April is an early-spring tonic. Discovering Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Trillium, creeping Phlox, Foamflower, Jack-in-Pulpit, and other wildflowers along the trails serves to lift spirits and warm senses.
In late April and early May, the Van Landingham Glen offers a spectacular display of hybrid rhododendron blooms and native azaleas. Begun in 1966, the Glen now contains several thousand plants, many mature and sizeable. Flower colors range from the early fragrant whites and pinks to the later blooming brilliant reds, purples and lavenders. Located here in the piedmont region, this collection is a rare gem, and owes its success to Dr. Hechenbleikner, Ralph Van Landingham and the dedication of members of the Piedmont Rhododendron Society.
Throughout the year, visitors can experience and study the native plants of the Carolinas in a managed, but natural setting. The Glen contains over 1,000 native species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns from all regions of the Carolinas – from the highest mountains to the edge of the sea. The understory plants are protected by a high canopy of hickories, oaks, poplars and black gums. A 120-year-old log cabin reconstructed on the site, along with well-marked trails and footbridges across two streams, adds character to the Glen.