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

UNC-Chapel Hill


CB 3375

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

Darwin Day Lecture:

Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Evolution

Tuesday, February 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with this free lecture by UNC biology professor David Pfennig! Genes are widely regarded as the fundamental unit of heredity and source of all biological information. Yet many organisms can respond to changes in their environment by altering their features during their lifetime via developmental plasticity. These environmentally modified traits can sometimes be passed to offspring in the absence of changes in genes. Free, preregistration required. Register now >

Watercolor and Wine

Thursday, February 14, 6-8 p.m. • $35/person

Spend your Valentine’s Day painting at the Garden! Participants of all skill levels will be provided supplies to create their own masterpiece in a guided watercolor painting session with a certified botanical art instructor. Bring a friend or partner (or just yourself!), and enjoy a relaxing evening of painting, wine and beer, and light refreshments. Participants must be 21 years or older. Grab your seat now as spots are limited! Register now >


Free Garden Tours


Saturday, March 2, 10-11 a.m. 

Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment. ~ Ellis Peters

Join us as we take a saunter on our Garden trails to search for signs of the first wildflowers of the season – trout lilies, spring beauties, and more. Free, but please preregister. Space is limited! Register now >