Tickets available for Carolina Moonlight!

Discovering Magic in the Garden Spring Family Festival this Saturday!

Saturday, May 5; 1-4 p.m.

For all ages. Join us for a family-friendly celebration of spring and the Garden's natural wonders with fun, hands-on nature stations, crafts, and games.

  • Meet plants that eat bugs!
  • Make your own frog calls!
  • Create a bird mask, feeder & bird-watch with New Hope Audubon Society!
  • Try your hand at flower pounding!
  • Build your own fairy/gnome homes in the forest!
  • Get your hands dirty and discover compost critters!
  • Go on a Story Walk
  • Play nature games, like Pitcher Plant Toss! 

$5 per person (no fee for children ages 2 & under 
Register Now >


- Discovering Magic
- Spring Plant Sale
- Moonlight Garden Party
- Dead Mule Fundraiser
- DeBerry Gallery
- Goodbye, Bob
- Garden Shop
- Coker Tours
- Garden Tour
- Long Leaf Pine
- Piedmont Patch
- Wildflower Quilt
- Upcoming classes

Spring Plant Sale & Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2-7 p.m.
Purchase native plants from the NCBG nursery as well as from Niche Gardens, Cure Nursery, Mellow Marsh Farm, and Growing Wild Nursery. Food trucks will be there for some seriously good eats...not to mention live music and family activities

Volunteers Needed!
Available duties include tallying plants, working the plant pick up area, helping people carry out their plants, working at activity tables, and cleanup/breakdown...and we will feed you!!! Shifts vary depending on what duty you select, but will be either in the afternoon or evening. Please email Elaine at if you are interested in helping out. 

Join us for the Carolina Moonlight Garden Party

Saturday, June 2, 6-9 p.m.
Carolina moonlight shines on the mountains!
Join us for a fun-filled evening at the Garden highlighting the North Carolina mountains. Dance the night away to the bluegrass tunes of Jackson Flats, and enjoy a wonderful buffet of regional delights. More information at

The Carolina Moonlight Garden Party is a fundraising event for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Presented by the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. and NCBG, this special event raises funds to further the Garden's mission of inspiring and advancing a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

Dead Mule Club Fundraiser for Student Internships

Sunday, May 6, 4-7 p.m.
Party on the Porch with the Onyx Club Boys at the Dead Mule Club in downtown Chapel Hill to raise funds for student internships at Coker Arboretum and Battle Park. $50 minimum/person. For tickets, contact Charlotte Jones-Roe at 919-962-9458, or get them at the door.

In the DeBerry Gallery



May 2 - June 27

Reception: Sunday, May 20; 2:30-4:30 p.m.

In her latest paintings, artist Nathalie Worthington explores the mystery of our natural surroundings, recognizing and honoring the sacred bond between humans and the earth. Nathalie's work expresses the profound sustenance and grace offered to us by the natural world. Read more about Honoring Habitat here >

Coming in July...
The 2018 graduates of our Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration program will showcase their work.

Good-bye, Bob!

Bob Peoples, who dedicated 20 years to the Garden as a horticultural technician, retired on April 30. From maintaining our vehicles to hauling away tons (literally!) of garden debris, Bob did a wide variety of tasks that kept the Horticulture Department running smoothly. Bob and his volunteers Jim Fickle, Joe Ellis, and Mike Gorman have also played a critical role in maintaining the Garden’s appearance by routinely mowing and picking up litter in our visitor parking lot, picnic area, and along the Garden’s perimeter.

Bob and his team also bestowed great craftsmanship upon a number of carpentry projects such as bridges and kiosks at the Garden’s main site, our natural areas, and our satellite locations on campus. In fact, because of their well-rounded skills and “can-do” attitude, Bob and his team had become our “go-to” for all manner of facilities maintenance and repairs across the Garden as a whole, for which we are truly grateful.

In addition to all the above, Bob has helped manage the Garden’s composting and recycling and challenged us all to continue striving for excellence in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Bob has been a special member of our team and we will miss him tremendously but we wish him the best of luck in his coming adventures.

In the Garden Shop: Letters and Logos

Tis the season for gift giving! With Mother’s Day, high school and college graduations, and Father’s Day all approaching, we have the perfect gifts in the Garden Shop. Letters to my Mom, Letters to the Graduate, and Letters to my Dad all come with 12 fold and mail style envelopes for you to send over the course of weeks, months, or years. When your loved ones break open the seals, they’ll find a priceless keepsake they can treasure forever. The letters come prompted and blank, so you can tailor your message as you like.

And for all the NCBG lovers out there, check out our ever growing line of logo items. Show your support of the Garden wherever you are!

Tours of Coker Arboretum!

Did you know that we offer a free tour of Coker Arboretum on the third Saturday of every month from March to November? Tours begin at 11 a.m. and last for 1-2 hours. (Meet in the gathering circle on the south side of the Arboretum, next to the arbor along Cameron Avenue.)

The next tour will be Saturday, May 19. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Free Saturday Garden Tours


Saturday, May 5, 10 - 11 a.m. 
There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness. ~Edgar Allan Poe
Our carnivorous plant collection is one of the finest in the Southeast and includes pitcher plants, sundews, bladderworts, and the amazing Venus Flytrap. Join a Garden Guide and learn about the fascinating lives of these beautiful and strange plants. Free, but please preregister. Space is limited! Register now >


Saturday, June 2, 10 - 11 a.m. 
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. ~Loren Eiseley
Join a Garden Guide and get to know some of the special plants and animals of our wonderful water features – our water gardens, a vernal pool, and a turtle pond. Free, but please preregister. Space is limited! Register now >

Easterling honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Nancy Easterling, the Garden's recently departed director of education, was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at her farewell gathering at the end of April. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards given by the governor of North Carolina, and it is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Congratulations, Nancy! 

In addition, Nancy was WCHL/Chapelboro's Hometown Hero. Listen to that interview here.


Piedmont Patch talk features Horticulture Therapy

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon
The Episcopal Church of the Advocate
8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill

Learn more about horticulture as therapy in this overview of the demonstrated benefits of gardening to promote individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. The long-standing horticultural therapy program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden has worked with groups of all ages, including patients suffering from brain damage, teenagers with eating disorders, and seniors suffering from senile dementia. The speaker, Amy Brightwood, is completing the final stages of her training as a horticultural therapist with an internship at the Garden. After her presentation, there will be a demonstration of potting native wildflowers and culinary herbs that will beautify sunny decks and patios while also serving as food sources for pollinators. The first 30 people to register for the talk at will receive a free native wildflower to use in the creation of their own container gardens.

Piedmont Patch aims to restore native flora and fauna displaced by rapid urbanization,  grounded in a belief that the environment and our natural resources will be better sustained, and even thrive, as organizations and individuals work to cultivate one patch at a time. The Project is envisioned as a collaborative effort of The Episcopal Church of The Advocate, the Town of Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and individuals with knowledge and skills to share. Find out more at

See this Year's Wildflower of the Year Quilt!

Stop by the Allen Education Center to see the latest in our Wildflower of the Year quilt series:

Maryland golden-aster (Chrysopsis mariana), created by Carrie Porterfield of the Durham-Orange Quilters' Guild. 

Every year, the Durham-Orange Quilters' Guild generously donates a quilted depiction of the corresponding Wildflower of the Year, a showy native perennial chosen by the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina. 

Maryland golden-aster is a hardy, heat-tolerant member of the sunflower family found on roadsides and dry forests from the mountains to the coast of North Carolina. Learn more and pick up a free seed packet for yourself in the Allen Education Center!

Upcoming Classes and Events


Sunday, May 6; 1:30-4:30 p.m. • $36 ($32 Members)
What makes a seed wake up and germinate? How are flowers pollinated and how are fruit formed? This workshop delves into the science of gardening as we journey through a growing season. Discussion and hands-on activities will cover seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and the science behind gardening practices. Perfect for gardeners who want to have a better understanding of basic botany and aim to have a more prosperous gardening experience. Register now >


Sunday, May 13; 1:30-5 p.m. • $22 ($20 Members)
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve's Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison points out wildflowers and discusses how the Garden's intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear, and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Register now >


Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • $22 ($20 Members)
Take a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the blue wild indigo (Baptisia australis) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants. About two miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Register now >


Sunday, May 20; 1:30-4:30 p.m. • $32 ($29 Members)
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses, and preparations. No prerequisites. Register now >


Saturday, June 9; 1-4 p.m. •  $36 ($32 Members)
An informative workshop on the fundamentals of pruning. Participants are instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. Trees and shrubs are the primary focus. Pruning is a beneficial horticultural practice for the overall health of plants, as well as stimulating new growth and flowering.  Register now >


Saturday, June 9; 2-3 p.m. • Free; preregistration required
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Register now >

See all upcoming classes here.

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