WILDFLOWER OF THE YEAR – NC BOTANICAL GARDENS
Native Plant Lecture Explores Designing Native Plant Gardens
Sunday April 2 2:30-4 pm
WILDFLOWER OF THE 2017 YEAR
Chapel Hill – Hollow-stem joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium fistulosum), a perennial member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) native to the eastern and south central United States, has been named the 2017 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
From mid-summer through early fall, hollow-stem joe-pye-weed comes into full glory with dramatic clouds of large domed flower heads composed of many tiny nectar-rich, mauve-pink flowers that attract multitudes of butterflies, bees, wasps and other nectar-feeding insects. In the wild, hollow-stem joe-pye-weed can be found in moist woods, bogs, meadows, marshes and roadside ditches, and it can grow up to eight feet tall. In average to wet soil and full to filtered sunlight, it can serve as an impressive and pollinator-friendly member of a home garden landscape.
Its hollow stems distinguish it from other joe-pye-weed species. Legend has it that “Joe Pye” refers to the Christian name taken on by Mohegan sachem and healer Shauquethqueat, who purportedly used infusions of the plant to treat typhus in 18th century Massachusetts.
For a Wildflower of the Year brochure and packet of hollow-stem joe-pye-weed seeds, send a stamped, self-addressed, business envelope with attention to NCWFOY 2017 to North Carolina Botanical Garden, UNC–Chapel Hill, CB 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375.
The NCBG and the Garden Club of North Carolina work together to promote the use of native plants in home gardens. Each year since 1982, a showy, native perennial has been chosen and seeds of that wildflower have been distributed to interested gardeners. To view a list of the past 35 North Carolina Wildflowers of the Year, visit the Garden’s website: ncbg.unc.edu/north-carolina-wildflower-of-the-year
The NCBG, part of the University of North Carolina, is a 1,000-acre assemblage of display gardens and natural areas. The Garden celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and is nationally known as a center for the study, display, interpretation and conservation of plants. Through its educational, recreational, therapeutic horticulture and research programs, it extends opportunities for connection with nature to people of all abilities and backgrounds. The Garden is open Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. Information at http://ncbg.unc.edu.
The Garden Club of North Carolina includes approximately 265 garden clubs with over 6,500 individual members throughout North Carolina. As a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., this organization is active at national, state, and local levels in promoting gardening and horticulture, environmental improvements in urban areas, and protection of natural resources.
New Year, New Hours!
Beginning January 2, 2017, the Display Garden will be open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. This new schedule will allow garden staff to use Monday as a day to perform work that might otherwise disrupt the visitor experience with the goal of making that experience even better Tuesday through Sunday. The new schedule also applies to our indoor exhibits and to the Garden Shop. If you absolutely must have a dose of nature on Monday, we encourage you to visit Coker Arboretum, Battle Park or Mason Farm Biological Reserve (permit required). They are all open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.