Ganache at the Gardens: A Chocolate Celebration

Join the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens for a celebration of chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day. Learn about the cocoa tree and how its fruits are processed into delectable confections. Romantic classical music and free samples will enhance your experience. 

Be sure to visit our orchid display in its annual flowering glory!  And don’t forget to bring your sweetie.

Event includes:

  • Jeff Gillman, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ director presents short talk about the cocoa tree at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Chocolate making demo by Esa Weinreb, head chocolate maker at The Underground Truffle at noon and 1:30 p.m.
  • Classical flutist, Jennifer Dior of Charlotte Symphony at 12:30 p.m.
  • Classical guitarist, Todd Tipton of Noda Guitar Studio at 2 p.m.
  • Free chocolate samples
  • Free hot cocoa

Available for purchase for your valentine:

  • Artisan chocolates from The Underground Truffle
  • Botanical resin jewelry with flowers and leaves from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens from Spotted Dog Jewelry of Asheville, NC ($24 and up)
  • A variety of beautiful orchids priced $10-$50


Event Details

McMillan Greenhouse
Free to attend; items will be available for sale


Contact Information

Christen Hoover


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Event Date & Time

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM