North Carolina Botanical Gardens

Meet the 2019 NC Wildflower of the Year

The 2019 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

NCBGF Conserves Cochrane Property

The North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, the 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.



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. Come see it more than once as the landscape around the sculptures changes with the seasons!

The September 2019 event marked the 31st annual exhibit of Sculpture in the Garden. Over 40 works by local artists in steel, ceramic, glass, and more interacted with the curated landscapes of the Garden. The event is free and open to the public during normal Garden hours.