North Carolina Botanical Gardens
Meet the 2019 NC Wildflower of the Year
This year’s North Carolina Wildflower of the Year is Pycnanthemum tenuifolium(narrow-leaf mountain-mint). This wonderful member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) is native throughout the central and eastern United States and can be found in dry, open rocky woods, prairies, fields, and roadsides. Versatile and easy to grow, this tough little perennial is at home in a variety of conditions from moist to dry, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.
For a Wildflower of the Year brochure including free seeds, send a stamped, self-addressed, business envelope to:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
NCBGF Conserves Cochrane Property
The North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, support organization for the Garden and land trust, expanded the scope of habitats it protects in July by purchasing the Cochrane property in southern Chapel Hill. The property borders the Parker Preserve to the north, Mason Farm Biological Reserve to the east, and the Laurel Hill Nature Preserve to the west. Trails through the property will provide access to Mason Farm, and adjacent parking makes this a convenient alternate entrance. The Cochrane property is ranked as exceptional by the NC Natural Heritage Program, and its conservation adds to a significant wildlife corridor associated with the 42,000-acre Jordan Lake Gameland.
SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN
Sunday, September 15 – Sunday, December 8
This autumn marks the 31st annual exhibit of Sculpture in the Garden. Over 40 works by local artists in steel, ceramic, glass, and more will interact with the curated landscapes of the Garden. The show is free and open to the public during normal Garden hours. Come see it more than once as the landscape around the sculptures changes with the seasons!
It has become tradition, but there is nothing predictable about it. The 31st Annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition opens on Sunday, September 15, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Since its inception in 1988, Sculpture in the Garden has united the work of local artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden to create a stunning and novel way to experience sculpture, the natural world, and the relationship between the two.
The show will be up through Sunday, December 8. Admission to the exhibition, as well as to the Garden itself, is free and open to the public during normal Garden hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday). Sculpture in the Garden is geared toward all ages and will be enjoyed by the casual observer as well as the serious art collector. Most pieces are available for purchase, although no pieces will be removed before the end of the show.
Saturday, September 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet the artists, get a first look at the show (and the first chance to purchase pieces), and enjoy refreshments at the Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party! Tickets are $30 per person. Get tickets >
Sunday, September 15, 1-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Come see the show for the first time – then come back again as the seasons change!
SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN PREVIEW PARTY
Saturday, September 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
You’ll have first viewing and the opportunity to meet the artists, make early purchases, and enjoy refreshments as we announce the Best in Show and Honorable Mention winners. $30 per person. Purchase tickets >
Free Garden Tours
Saturday, September 7, 10-11 a.m.
All walking is discovery. On foot, we take time to see things whole. ~ Hal Borland
Join a Garden Guide for a quiet, relaxing stroll in the Garden to explore the many natural beauties of late summer. Free, but please preregister. Space is limited! Register now >
COKER ARBORETUM TOURS
Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m.
Did you know we offer a free tour of Coker Arboretum on the third Saturday of every month from March to November? Tours begin at 11 a.m. and last 1-2 hours. Meet in the gathering circle on the south side of the Arboretum, next to the arbor along Cameron Avenue. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus. Registration is encouraged but not required. Register now >
LUNCHBOX TALK: BITES & SITES: NATIVE PLANTS & SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE PRACTICES
Thursday, August 29; 12-1 p.m. • Free; registration required
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is planning to utilize the Living Building Challenge frameworks in the design and construction of the future Plant Biodiversity Research Center. Learn how conservation practices, including the use of native plants, are used to minimize ecosystem impacts of building and landscape projects. Register now >
LUNCHBOX TALK: PLANTS WE EAT AND WEAR
Thursday, September 12; 12-1 p.m. • Free; registration required
Explore some of our most fundamental relationships with plants—the primary foods we eat and the clothes we wear. Our diet and clothing reflect a fascinating history of the domestication and international sharing of plants across cultures over the past 15,000 years. What are the implications of our increasingly global and industrialized diet, and the “locavore” agitation against it? The lecture will be followed by a sampling of plant foods from around the world. Register now >