Visit the Butterfly Bungalow (and the new beer garden) at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this summer

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This summer, it’s a pollinators’ paradise at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden! The Garden has opened two seasonal exhibits that celebrate the importance and beauty of pollinators, from birds and the bees to butterflies and beetles.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is an outdoor escape from the city for adults and kids alike, just 30 minutes from uptown Charlotte. Stop by to check out these two new exhibits — and of course, don’t miss the new beer garden!

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Visit the Butterfly Bungalow

Open Daily through September 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$2 for Members (and up to four guests) or $3 with General Admission.

Caterpillars, chrysalides and butterflies are the stars of the show in the Garden’s Butterfly Bungalow, a 2,100 sq. ft. enclosure in which the Garden has created the ideal environment for these beauties to flourish.

Abundant in fluttering butterflies native to North Carolina, the Bungalow is also filled with their favorite, colorful plants which serve as nourishment for hungry caterpillars and nectar-loving butterflies. Here, visitors can explore the life cycle of a butterfly and witness metamorphosis before their very own eyes.

Guests will learn about the species of butterflies in the area and how to best attract these stunning, nectar-loving insects to their own backyards. When visiting, guests can expect docents to point out butterfly eggs, larvae and even young butterflies emerging from their chrysalides on a regular basis. Learn more here.

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Test your mini-golf skills Pollinator Putting

Open Daily through September 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays through August 30, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Free for Garden Members or with General Admission.

Mere feet away from the Butterfly Bungalow, birds, bees, beetles and even snails share the spotlight in the Garden’s first mini golf course of 18 playful, pollinator-themed holes.

Created by local students, artists and designers, Pollinator Putting is art you can play which celebrates the insects and animals that are crucial to the propagation of many plants and crops.

Each of the original holes was designed or built by friends of the Garden including AR Workshop of Belmont, Gaston Day School, Highland School of Technology, artist Zoe Ranucci of Good Dharma Designs, Sproutycakes Bakery, local designer Craig Neil McCausland, and more. Find out more here.

Sip craft brews at the new outdoor beer garden

Martin Vorel

Saturdays and Sundays April 7 – July 21, 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, May 31 – Aug. 30, 5 – 8:30 p.m. (during Sip & Stroll)
Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 1 – Oct. 28, 12 – 4:30 p.m.
Admission is free for Garden Members or with General Admission.

After you’re done learning all about pollinators, you can order from a selection of local brews in the new Beer Garden! It can be found on the east side of the property adjacent to the Orchid Conservatory and overlooking the formal gardens, features patio space for tables, benches and bar tops. The bar service will be beneath a shelter at the end of a 150-foot-long, vine-covered pergola.

Guest can be on the lookout for live music, food trucks and free tastings, as well as the integration of hops and other plants associated with small-batch brewing. There is also ample grassy space for picnics and cornhole games. Learn more here.

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