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Native Plant Sale and Festival, Dead Mule Club fundraiser

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Our spring appeal is underway. Please support the North Carolina Botanical Garden, one of the premier conservation gardens in the country. Members enjoy benefits, including the Conservation Gardener magazine and reciprocal privileges to botanical gardens across the nation. Click here to join today!

IN THIS ISSUE


Membership
- Plant Sale & Festival
- Dead Mule 
- Volunteer Spotlight
- DeBerry Gallery
- Public Gardens Day
- Coker Tour
- Garden Tour Thanks
- Wishlist 
- Classes

Native Plant Sale & Festival

May 21, 4 - 8 p.m.
A festival celebrating native plants and highlighting our display gardens and habitats. Featuring the sale of our native plants and plants from local nurseries, as well as live music, food trucks, tree climbing and a raffle. Admission is free and all are invited. Find out more online!

Dead Mule Fundraiser

May 15, 3 - 7 p.m.
Boogie with the Bad Dog Blues Band at the annual Dead Mule Club fundraiser supporting student interns at Coker Arboretum and Battle Park. $50/person. Call Charlotte for tickets! 919-962-9458

Volunteer Spotlight: Barbara Wendell

Congratulations, Barbara Wendell, our volunteer volunteer coordinator, for being named WCHL’s Hometown Hero. Barbara was nominated for her commitment to further the Garden’s mission of education and conservation. Since 2008, she has served on the Botanical Garden Foundation board of directors and as a Garden volunteer, taking on the vital role of volunteer coordinator. Thank you, Barbara, for your continued support!

In the DeBerry Gallery

May 2 - June 29
Food, Farm and Community, oil paintings Sally Sutton, an artist from Pittsboro, NC. 
 

Native Bird Photo Contest & Show

Get those cameras ready! We are hosting a bird photography contest for adults and children. Selected photos will be displayed in the DeBerry Gallery, and prizes will be awarded. Find out more online!

Friday, May 6 is Public Gardens Day!


SPECIAL DISCOUNT IN THE GARDEN SHOP

Mention Public Gardens Day at check out this Friday, and we'll give you a discount! 15% off for members, and 10% off for non-members. The Garden Shop is open 10 - 5 weekdays, 9 - 5 Saturdays, and 1 - 5 Sundays.

Join us for a tour of Coker Arboretum

Join us for a free tour! Led by an experienced tour guide, the monthly tour provides a relaxed, informative introduction to this jewel in the heart of Chapel Hill. Steeped in history, the majestic trees of the Arboretum are the backdrop to entertaining campus folklore and stories. The one-hour tour departs from the stone gathering circle on the Cameron Avenue side of the arboretum at 11 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month (March - November)

Thanks, Chip Callaway and the Chapel Hill Garden Tour!

We were pleased to host an incredibly entertaining talk by Chip Callaway, Botanical Garden Foundation (BGF) board member and renowned landscape architect, at our Step into Spring party last month. Chip has designed gardens great and small from Nantucket to Palm Beach and overseas. He has also designed gardens close to home, including the Fitch-Sweet and Coker/Burns gardens featured on the Chapel Hill Garden Tour. The Fitch-Sweet garden is the home of Greg Fitch, our BGF board president. It looks great, Greg!

Thanks go out to the Chapel Hill Garden Tour, too, for a successful event that raised funds for our Children's Wonder Garden! Photo by Daphne McLeod

Wishlist

We sure could use a few things around the Garden, including a riding lawnmower. Please take a moment to look at our wishlist and see if you can donate an item. Click here to see the wishlist. 

Upcoming Classes


MOTHER'S DAY WALK AT MASON FARM

Sunday, May 8; 2-4:30 p.m. • $16 ($14 Members)
Walk the “old farm trail,” traveling through 260 years of cultural and natural history. Ed Harrison, naturalist, will point out wildflowers and discuss the Garden’s conservation of field and forest benefiting local biological diversity. Click to register.

 

LUNCHBOX TALK: PLANTS WE EAT AND WEAR!

Thursday, May 12; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required.
Explore our most fundamental relationships with plants—the foods we eat and the clothes we wear—through a fascinating history of domestication and international sharing across cultures over the past 15,000 years. What are the implications of our global and industrialized diet and “locavore” agitation against it? Followed by a sampling of plant foods from around the world. Click to register.
 

HOME LANDSCAPE DESIGN WORKSHOP

Saturdays, May 14, 21, 28, June 4; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. • $120 ($108 Members)
This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project and implement a plan with sustainable practices and materials. The class will review each participant’s landscape project. Click to register.
 

PENNY'S BEND WILD BLUE INDIGO HIKE

Saturday, May 14; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • $23 ($21 Members)
Join us for a two-mile hike at Penny’s Bend, an 84-acre natural area edged by the Eno River on three sides, where wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis) blooms. Preserve encompasses mature forests, remnant diabase glades and prairies, and regionally rare plants. Click to register.
 

GOOD AND BAD BUGS IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

Sunday, May 15; 1-2:30 p.m. • $18 ($15 Members; free for current UNC students)
Most insects in the garden are good, but some are downright pests! Learn how to minimize pests and attract beneficial insects. This workshop will teach you about good and bad bugs in the garden and explore some basic principles of integrated pest management, including crop rotation, intercropping, bio-controls and non-synthetic approaches. Click to register.
 

CAMPUS-TO-GARDEN TRAIL ADVENTURE

Wednesday, May 18, 1-3 p.m. • Free, preregistration required.
Rediscover Chapel Hill via the Campus-to-Garden Trail. Take this urban adventure through Battle Park, Coker Arboretum and Coker Pinetum, while practicing orienteering and experiencing urban natural areas. Click to register.
 

LUNCH WITH DOT: RETROSPECTION AND REFLECTIONS

Thursday, May 19; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required.
Dot Wilbur-Brooks will read from her favorite weekly horticulture commentaries which aired on NPR for 13 years, ending in 1999. She will describe her art through a retrospective display of her work throughout the years. Click to register.

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