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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to open children’s garden

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.

Lost Hollow isn’t just for kids. The botanical garden has already booked weddings, said Jim Hoffman, director of marketing. Staff report

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