Children from Mecklenburg, York and Gaston counties on Thursday were among the first to experience Lost Hollow, the new 3.5-acre, $4.2 million addition to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. The public opening will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The children’s garden has a medieval theme and is centered around “Moon Keep,” the fortified structure used for defending a castle. A drawbridge crosses over a dried moat with plants in it.
Other features include a 150-seat stone theater and a pond with what appears to be the remnants of an old castle. There’s also a cave with a limestone fireplace surround that came from Daniel Stowe’s home. The expansion was designed by New York landscape designer W. Gary Smith.
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Lost Hollow isn’t just for kids. The botanical garden has already booked weddings, said Jim Hoffman, director of marketing. Staff report