UNC Charlotte provides six free parking spaces across from the McMillan Greenhouse for gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors. You may park in one of these spaces Monday – Friday if you obtain a temporary parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services (PATS). These spaces are located in the PATS office parking lot.
The PATS Office will give you a free 4-hour, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror. The PATS Office is conveniently located across the street from the McMillan Greenhouse.
If the visitor spaces are full on weekdays, additional visitor parking is located East Deck 1 and the Union Deck. Find these decks on the campus parking map. Both decks are a six-minute walk from the McMillan Greenhouse with parking fees of $2/hour.
Unless a parking space is marked by a sign indicating that it is reserved, you may park in any space on campus for free without a permit.
Take exit 46 East, Mallard Creek Church Rd. (from 85 South that’s a left; from 85 North that’s a right). At the third stoplight (about 1.5 mi.) turn RIGHT on Mary Alexander Rd. (marked also as Bonnie Cone in the other direction). You will enter campus, and at the stoplight, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver Rd. and then take a quick right into the PATS parking lot.
Take exit 32 (Hwy. 29) off I-485. Head west on Hwy. 29, Tryon St. (from I-485 North, that’s a left; from I-485 South, that’s a right.) The next main intersection past I-485 is at Mallard Creek Church Rd. Take a LEFT onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. At the next stoplight, turn RIGHT onto Mary Alexander Rd (marked also as Bonnie Cone in the other direction). You will enter campus, and at the stoplight, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the PATS parking lot.
Via Main Campus Entrance
The Botanical Gardens are on the east end of the campus at the corner of Mary Alexander & Michael Craver Rds. If you would prefer to enter the campus via the main entrance, but wish to visit the greenhouse, look on the directional kiosks and signs for “gardens or greenhouse” and follow the arrows. Click here for directions to the main campus entrance.