Brookgreen Gardens. (Photo Credit: Rain0975 via Flickr. CC BY ND 2.0 license)

Spring has sprung (actually, it’s been doing that for a while, but it has not been official until now). With unseasonably warm weather as early as mid-January and climate changes, the Carolinas have been witnessing peeks of yellow, fuchsia, pink and more, announcing the advent of the equinox.

So, with warmer weather ahead, it’s time to escape winter’s and coronavirus’ confinement to explore nature’s environs and enjoy garden walks at some of the area’s most popular destinations. Visitors can walk along paths, stopping to admire select species and enjoy the quiet and peace that each garden has to share.

A list of some of them is included below, which may serve to inspire or spark ideas for planting a garden or landscaping at one’s home.

Biltmore Gardens
1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC 28803, 800-411-3812.

Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 843-235-6000.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012, 704-825-4490.

Davidson College Arboretum
(450-acre campus national arboretum)
405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 28035, 704-894-2119.

Greensboro Botanical Gardens
1101 Hobbs Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410, 336-373-5888.

Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206, 704-335-0325.

Mary DBT Semans Gardens
The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Rd. Charlotte, NC 28207, 704-714-4400.

McGill Rose Garden
940 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28206, 704-578-2072.

North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd., CB 3375, Totten Center, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, 919-962-0522.

Reynolda Gardens
Wake Forest University, 100 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 336-758-5593.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
426 Anderson St., Box 90341, Durham, NC 27708, 919-684-3698.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens
(includes outdoor gardens as well as McMillan Greenhouse)
9090 Craver Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262, 704-687-0721.

Wing Haven Garden & Bird Sanctuary
260 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209, 704-331-0664.

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.