The Orchid Conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The gardens attract plant, flower and gardening enthusiasts for its large manicured gardens, natural areas, woodland trails, water fountains and Orchid Conservatory. 380 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property in Belmont, NC. The gardens were founded by retired textile executive Daniel J. Stowe. Tended by employees and devoted volunteers, the garden has built a substantial reputation in and around the Carolinas.