Photographers and Ceremonies

Photography in the gardens

Garden visitors are welcome to take photographs in the gardens and greenhouse as long as they respect and abide by our policies, as follow:

  •  Both photographers and subjects must remain on paths at all times.  This means you may not walk into beds, onto shrubs or trees, or climb on rocks.
  •  Do not pick flowers or plant parts, move anything, or disturb irrigation equipment.
  •  Be aware that if you are violating these rules, you may be asked to leave.

Professional portrait (or model) photographers and photography events

  • As you enter the garden, please pick up a “photographers’ card” at the wooden entry sign with the brochure holders. Clip this card onto your person while shooting in the garden.  This lets us know that you have read and agree to our photo policies.  Please return the card to the brochure box or the greenhouse when you leave.
  • Contact Paula Gross by email prior to scheduling a group (including “Meetup” and “Eventbrite”) for permission to organize any event. Similar to ceremonies (below) notice that the gardens are not able to accommodate groups larger than 15 people.
  • If you have any questions, please email Paula Gross (see bottom of page for contact info)

Ceremonies in the gardens

We are often asked about holding weddings (and other ceremonies) in the gardens.  The gardens are designed on an intimate scale and are not able to accommodate groups of more than a few people gathering at once (in a particular location).  Therefore, weddings are generally not feasible. (Scroll down for a listing of local outdoor venues)
However, the gardens may be appropriate for some small, brief ceremonies.  Our policies and recommendations are as follows:

  • You must first visit the gardens to see if there is a site appropriate for your planned ceremony.
  • Group size should be no larger than 15 people.
  • Be aware that we do not rope-off or “reserve” parts of the gardens and visitors may be present nearby during your ceremony. Also know that there is no electricity, water fountains, seating (other than scattered benches), or restrooms in the gardens.  There are restrooms and a water fountain at the McMillan Greenhouse.
  • If you have visited, believe the gardens are appropriate for your small ceremony and would like to schedule a day and time, please call Paula at 704-687-0719.  This is to avoid conflicts with other events, irrigation, or significant horticultural tasks.
  • Our site fee for a ceremony is a $50 donation and should be made to “UNCC Gardens”.  You may give this to a greenhouse staff person the day of your ceremony or mail it to: Paula Gross, McMillan Greenhouse, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223.
  • Weekdays, participants may park in the 6 visitor parking spots across from the greenhouse.  On weekends, visitors may park in parking lot 5 and enter the Harwood Garden at the Asian Garden entrance to avoid having to walk down the gravel slope on the “greenhouse side”.  See Campus Directions.

Since the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens are not designed for most ceremonies, here are a few recommendations for other outdoor/garden sites in Charlotte that host weddings (and other events):

Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont, NC 28012

The Van Landingham Estate
2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205

The Betty Little House (Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs)
1820 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204;  704-375-4373

The Nancy Reid House (Matthews Women’s Club)
134 W. John Street, Matthews, NC 28105; 704-849-7368

St. Mary’s Chapel
1129 E. 3rd Street, Charlotte, NC

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