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Gastonia, NC

Population: 73,211

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Sometimes creativity springs from a little relaxation, so kick back with a visit to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Gastonia, NC. Established in 1999, Daniel Stowe is a display garden, grouping plants and flowers aesthetically rather than by the typical genus and family arrangement favored by other botanical gardens. The sprawling 380-acres includes manicured gardens and various garden rooms. Ten thousand species of flowers, banana trees, winterberry and the orchid conservatory help round out this gorgeous garden.