The holidays are an ideal time for a winter wonderland stroll through the gardens at UNC Charlotte.
Camellias, red berries and koi fish give the garden color this time of year, when lower temperatures have transformed the setting into muted tones.
The botanical gardens consist of three main areas: a greenhouse complex and two outdoor gardens on the east side of the campus.
Features of the 3-acre Susie Harwood Garden include plants that show well in winter, an Asian garden, rock formations and a pond with waterfalls.
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VanLandingham Glen is a woodland garden and a showcase of plants native to the Carolinas.
The glen is also a place to see one of the most diverse rhododendron gardens in the Southeast.
The Glen contains more than 1,000 native species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns.
A 120-year-old log cabin was reconstructed on the site, which also has trails and footbridges across two streams.
The McMillan Greenhouse complex, at Mary Alexander and Michael Craver roads, will be closed through Jan. 2 for the campus' winter break.