Daniel Stowe is a retired textile executive who decided to buy up 450 acres and build a world class botanical gardens. I guess money talks, because his initial 14 million dollar endowment has led to what we see today, which just opened in 1999 (his initial endowment was in 1991).
Stowe is a life long nature lover and gardener and he and his wife envision their botanical gardens to have an emphasis on education. Future plans for expansion are scheduled on a 40 year timetable and include a year round fully enclosed glass conservatory to house exotic plants, an walled English garden, an Asian garden, rose pergola, natural wetland, waterfall, Piedmont garden, library and reading garden, home demonstration complex, auditorium, a full-service restaurant and a Water Craft entrance via Lake Wylie.
Favorite thing: One of the cool things about the garden is that you are free to walk on the grass and explore almost every inch of the place. It really helps to be able to get closer to the plants if you want to study them or to get good photos.
Favorite thing: The variety of flower and plant types is really impressive. There is a model of the over 400 acres of land that is owned here, and it's amazing to think that only about a quarter of it is being used. There are future plans to expand the garden so that it will be much bigger that it currently is, but don't worry, you'll be impressed with what's here now.
Favorite thing: I'm not really a botanist or a flower guy, so I have no clue what I'm looking at when I visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. There are signs letting you know what kind of plant you're viewing, but I really don't care to know all the names. I just enjoy walking in such a beautiful space and enjoying the sights.