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 >


- Darwin Day
- Members' Seed Pack
- Watercolor & Wine
- Film Screening
- Wildflower of the Year
- Free Garden Tour
- Meet Paul Green
- Sims Lecture
- DeBerry Gallery
- Garden Shop
- Wanted: Camp Educator
- Online Instructor
- All or Nothing
- Let's Do Lunch!
- Upcoming Classes
- Youth & Family Classes

Members! Get your NCBG Members' Seed Pack!

Members of the North Carolina Botanical Garden are entitled to eight free seed packets as a benefit of membership. In order to streamline distribution, the Members' Seed Pack will now consist of eight packs of pre-selected native seeds, representing some of our most popular species, as well as some interesting and unusual native species that are often hard to come by. Not a member? Join today!

Members, click here to see the species offered this year and to request your Members' Seed Pack.

wine glass with paintbrushesWatercolor 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 >

Film Screening: The Devil We Know

Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 p.m. • Free
Toxic Free NC and the North Carolina Botanical Garden will screen “The Devil We Know”  in the Garden's Reeves Auditorium. This film tells the story of how one synthetic chemical, used to make Teflon products, contaminated a West Virginia community. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Donations are accepted, but not required.
Register now >

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 thrives 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, stop by the Allen Education Center or send a stamped, self-addressed, business envelope to:

North Carolina Botanical Garden
UNC-Chapel Hill
CB 3375
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

bloodrootFree 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 >

Meet Paul Green: Playwright, Social Activist, Naturalist

Sunday, March 31, 2-5 p.m.
Join the Paul Green Foundation for a dramatization of Paul Green's life and work, presented by Playmakers Repertory Company actors Kathryn Hunter Williams and Ray Dooley. The performance will be followed by tours of the cabin where Green wrote for 26 years. Free, but space is limited. Register now >

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture

Sunday, April 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Reception following the lecture

The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century presented by Dwayne Estes, executive director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) at Austin Peay State University

Many of our favorite native wildflowers are species adapted to open, sunny, grassy habitats, and while we use some of these plants horticulturally, their native stocks have dwindled. Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast.
Join us for a fascinating and stereotype-shattering tour of North Carolina's natural landscapes just a few hundred years ago: bison, prairies, and sun-loving wildflowers. What are the challenges these landscapes face and how can we restore these landscapes that form important components of our natural and cultural heritage of North Carolina?

Free, but space is limited. Register now >

In the DeBerry Gallery


Through February 28...


Oil paintings by Ellen Gamble

Come get some color in your life with Raleigh artist Ellen Gamble's bold exhibit of oil paintings. Featuring bright, abstracted forms, this show lifts the spirits and showcases some beloved North Carolina native plants like water lilies and black-eyed susans. 

Coming in March...


Works by Dot Wilbur-Brooks

Exhibit Reception: Sunday, March 3, 2-4 p.m.

A Bit of Nature will include birds, flowers, butterflies and other creatures in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil.

Garden Shop: Totebags

Stop by the Garden Shop to pick up our 100 percent cotton twill tote bags featuring the 2019 Wildflower of the Year illustration. These durable totes have wide bottoms -- perfect for groceries or bulky items. $16.95 (Members receive 10 percent off.)

Wanted: Camp Educator

The Garden is recruiting a part-time nature camp educator to help with our summer camps. Nature camp educators receive training about preparing hands-on summer camps designed to connect kids to plants and the natural world. For consideration, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Apply by February 22 through the UNC Chapel Hill Human Resources website:

Lelekacs certified as online instructor

Joanna Lelekacs, director of education, received the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation after completing a rigorous certification process.  Lelekacs received her certification after COI faculty, comprised of experts and authors in the field of online teaching, critiqued Lelekacs's online courses. In addition, she took a knowledge exam, completed three online courses (teaching online, designing online instruction, building learning communities in cyberspace), and received feedback from students taking her online courses. The Learning Resources Network (LERN), the leading provider of online professional development for faculty in higher education, awards the COI designation.

All or Nothing in Battle Park

Morgan Holder, 2018 Battle Park intern and current work-study student, demonstrates a rarely used method of woody plant mechanical removal. It’s called the all-or-nothing test and maximizes the effectiveness of the weed-puller. Morgan is working on removing naturalized Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolia) saplings, which are native to parts of the Southeast, but not to the Piedmont. This species is a great example of how some plants that are endemic to one region can cause ecological harm to adjacent regions.

Let's Have Lunch Together!

Pack a PB&J and join us for a free LUNCHBOX Talk!



Thursday, February 14; 12-1 p.m. • Free; preregistration required
Butterflies are ubiquitous in our gardens and wild spaces, but their enormous diversity can be daunting for naturalists. Join us for a crash course on local butterfly identification, covering tips and tricks for distinguishing between similar species. Learn about the Mason Farm Butterfly Project, a citizen science project with the goal of collecting long-term data on the abundance and timing of butterflies at Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Register now >


Thursday, February 28; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required
Rescheduled! Piedmont Patch is a collaborative demonstration of how to restore native habitat for wildlife to public and private landscapes in the North Carolina Piedmont. The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill is creating native habitat on part of their 15-acre property for wildlife displaced by the rapid urbanization of our region. Lisa Fischbeck, vicar of the church, and Catherine Bollinger, volunteer botanical advisor, will describe the origin of the project and ongoing partnerships.  Register now >


Thursday, March 14; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required
Learn about the major insect and disease threats to southeastern trees and what you can do to help prevent their introduction and spread.  Register now >


Thursday, March 28; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required
Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state in her new book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening. In this talk, she’ll introduce some of the farmers, fishmongers, and cooks who help us understand how certain foods are deeply tied to the culture of the Old North State. Register now >

See all upcoming LUNCHBOX Talks here >

Upcoming Classes and Events



Saturday, February 16; 2-4 p.m. •  $10 ($9 Members)
Winter is a great time to enjoy the trees of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Ken Moore will trace the footsteps of well-known horticulturist William L. Hunt, who enjoyed leading an annual UNC-CH Winter Campus Tree walk. Among the impressive mature specimens of broad-leaf evergreens and conifers are an amazing collection of evergreen holly species and cultivars. In addition to relating some of Mr. Hunt's “tree stories,” Ken will use a selection of vintage photographs to show how the campus landscape has changed during the past 100 years. Register now >


Sunday, March 3; 1-3 p.m. •  $24 ($22 Members)
Get ready for spring! This workshop covers how to grow spring vegetables including what and when to plant; tips for growing each variety; growing your own seedlings; tips on extending the growing season; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. The first hour and a half will be indoors followed by a half hour in the community garden. Note: This program takes place in the Newman Catholic Student Center library, next to the Carolina Campus Community Garden.  Register now >


Saturday, March 9; 1-4:30 p.m. •  $41 ($37 Members)
Celebrate spring! Learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites. Fee includes supplies.  Register now >


Saturdays, March 30 and April 6; 1:30-4:30 p.m. •  $72 ($65 Members)
Participants will be encouraged to notice nature and record their observations. We will explore a range of journaling options for creative writers attempting to deepen their work with vivid natural world details, gardeners trying to track when flowers bloom, and hikers who want to remember a mountaintop rhododendron tunnel in full, bee-buzzing bloom. Participants will leave the class with sharpened observational skills and a level of comfort to continue journaling after the class ends. Register now >

See all upcoming classes here >

Upcoming Youth & Family Programs



Saturday, February 16; 10-11:30 a.m. •  $12 ($10 Members);
no fee for accompanying adult

For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. From yellow-bellied sapsuckers to Carolina chickadees, learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters, learn how to be a citizen scientist, and take home a feeder and identification chart of common North Carolina feeder birds. Register now >


Saturday, March 16; 1-2:15 p.m.  •  $10 ($9 Members);
no fee for accompanying adult

For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. What’s peeled and has eyes and is made into fries? A potato! Learn about this uber tuber and the wacky way it grows, get your hands dirty planting spuds in the garden, and take home your own potato experiment. Register now >


Saturday, April 6; 1:30-3:30 p.m. •  $15 ($13 Members);
no fee for accompanying adult

For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews… oh my! Learn about the secret lives of native carnivorous plants. Meet live specimens, dissect pitcher plants, and find out how you can keep some plants that bite back (on insects, not people) in your own backyard. You can even take home a special plant to get you started. Register now >

See all upcoming Youth & Family programs >

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