Gala tickets, fall events for kids, exhibits and more!

A few Gala tickets still available

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Saturday, October 22, 6-9 p.m.
Celebrate our 50th anniversary with a formal gala at the DuBose House and Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill. This black tie affair will feature a seated dinner, honorary guests and a special presentation of the Flora Caroliniana Award to Tom Earnhardt. A few tickets are still available. To purchase tickets ($250/person), contact Victoria Castor at 919-962-2231. Continue reading > 


- NCBG50 Gala
- Bird Photo
- Fall events for kids!
- Plant Sales
Sculpture in the Garden
- Saving Our Birds
- Volunteers Wanted
Garden Shop
- 2017 Calendar
- Upcoming classes
Youth & Family

Native Bird Photo Contest & Show

The deadline has been extended! You have until October 14 to snap some sensational photos of native birds for our bird photography contest. Selected photos will be displayed in the DeBerry Gallery, and prizes will be awarded. Continue reading >

Fall events for kids!

From leaves to pumpkins, nature holds a lot of opportunities for children at this time of year. We are showcasing the best of fall at TWO events for children this month. 

Discovering Magic in the Garden
Sunday, October 16, 2 - 5 p.m.

For ages 3-12 with accompanying adult. Bring your imagination and love of nature… and come dressed in your favorite magical, plant or animal costume! $10 per child; no fee for accompanying adult. Register Now>

Pumpkins in the Bootanical Garden
Friday, October 28, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

We are hosting a nature pumpkin carving contest along with pumpkin viewing, live critters, crafts and treats. Feel free to wear a costume. $6 per person before 10/14 and $8 after 10/14 (there is a $1 discount if you enter your pre-carved pumpkin into the contest). Proceeds benefit Wonder Connection.  
Register Now>


Fall Plant Sale a great success

Thanks to all of you who came out to our Fall Plant Sale last month. We sold nearly 3,000 plants in 5 1/2 hours, and the proceeds from this sale support the Garden. 

SEEDS Plant Sale
Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SEEDS, the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Useful Plants Nursery are teaming up to increase the edible productivity of your garden by offering veggies, fruit trees/shrubs and native pollinator plants for sale at 706 Gilbert Street in Durham. Ten percent off for wearing a garden hat decorated with plants. This is a great way to support the Garden and SEEDS, an urban sanctuary focused on promoting principles and practice of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental stewardship.

Sculpture in the Garden 

Our annual sculpture exhibit continues through December 11. Stop by several times throughout the season to see how nature’s changing backdrop brings new perspectives
to each piece throughout the season.  

Thanks to those of you who attended the Preview Party! Ashley Knight won Best in Show for The Runner (shown) and Barbara Kobylinska won the People's Choice award for Birds

Saving Our Birds exhibit and programs 

Our Saving Our Birds exhibition inspires awareness and understanding of North Carolina’s native birds and encourages citizens to help conserve the habitats they need to thrive. The exhibition runs through December 16, and includes an informational exhibit and numerous programs for both novice and veteran birders, children and adults. Continue reading > 

What's missing? You!

If you love the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we’d love to have you on our volunteer team! We are especially looking for outgoing, friendly folks to volunteer at the reception desk and the Garden Shop. Duties at the reception desk include greeting visitors, answering questions and directing calls.Duties at the Garden Shop include selling plants and merchandise. Please contact Elaine at for more information, or go to our website to fill out an application.

Unique gifts in Garden Shop

Have you already started your holiday shopping? Stop by the Garden’s one-of-a-kind gift shop for a carefully curated selection of botanically-themed items. Our goal is to provide seasonal plants, books and unique gifts to inspire the gardener in you. We also carry artwork and handicrafts made by local artists – you’ll find jewelry, home goods, educational and nature toys, and more.

Become a member and receive 10% off every purchase in the gift shop!

Open year round:
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.​

Coming soon: 
Botanical Art and Illustration 2017 Calendar

The alumni and students of the Certificate Program in Botanical Art and Illustration have created a new calendar for 2017. The calendar contains 14 original pieces of art and will come in both a wall-hanging and a desktop version. The calendar will be available for sale in our Garden Shop in late October. Watch Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a notice when they arrive. 

Upcoming Classes



$12 ($8 Members)
Join us on a Monday afternoon for a seasonal tour of Coker Arboretum. Learn the history and diversity of the Arboretum, the jewel of a beautiful campus, and enjoy the turning of leaves as trees enter their dormant winter state.
October 10, 2-3 p.m. Register Now >
October 17, 2-3 p.m. Register Now >
October 24, 2-3 p.m. Register Now >


Saturday, October 15; 2–4:30 p.m. • $16 ($14 Members)
Join naturalist Ed Harrison for an in-depth tour of the “old farm trail” that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Ed will point out early fall wildflowers and others as well as discuss the many positive effects of the Garden’s intense management for both field and forest on the Reserve. Register Now >


Saturday, October 22; 8:30-5 p.m. • $125 ($100 Members)
This workshop provides an overview of the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants learn how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well-being, including physical, social, emotional and cognitive health. We will discuss ways to integrate therapeutic horticulture into various settings for people of all ages and abilities. Registration is open through Sunday. Register Now >


We also have How to Bird-Proof Your Windows (Thursday, October 13), The Secret Lives of Backyard Birds (Thursday, October 20), an “Autumn in the Garden” Concert (Sunday, October 30), and so much more. See our full schedule of upcoming classes online!

Upcoming Youth & Family Programs



Saturdays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. •  $140 ($125 Members); includes student art kit
Ages 8-12. Kids will learn to identify, draw and paint some of our most common birds, from the tiny chickadee to the red-crested cardinal to the night-time hunter the Barred Owl, as well as the native plants our feathered friends depend on for food and shelter. Classes include time outside sketching. Each student will finish the course with at least one matted painting to take home. Register Now >

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