Mark your calendar...Sculpture in the Garden and Fall Plant Sale!

Garden Earns Accreditation

The Garden recently earned Conservation Practitioner Accreditation from Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This accreditation recognizes excellence in plant conservation policy, practice, and education among botanic gardens carrying out plant conservation activities of local, national, or global importance. The Garden is one of 11 gardens earning this recognition, and one of only two in the United States. 


- Garden Accreditation
- Sculpture in the Garden
- Fall Plant Sale
- Closed on Labor Day
- DeBerry Gallery
- Coker Tours
- Wanted: Cabin Steward
- Upcoming Classes

Get Your Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party Tickets!

Tickets are on sale now for the 30th annual Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party, Saturday, September 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
You'll have first viewing and the opportunity to purchase sculptures, meet participating artists, and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres. A jurist will announce selections for Best in Show and Honorable Mentions, and you’ll be able to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award (announced in October). Tickets are $30 per person. Purchase tickets >

About Sculpture in the Garden: Sunday, September 16 - Sunday, December 9
Free and open to the public, Sculpture in the Garden is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition uniting the work of North Carolina artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Learn more about the show and about this year's new Community Day (Sunday, October 14) at

Fall Plant Sale Next Month!

Did you know fall is the best time to plant North Carolina’s wonderful native perennials, shrubs, trees, ferns, and grasses in your home landscape? Planting in the fall gives time for plants to establish their root systems prior to the growing season. Join us for our Fall Plant Sale to find new beauties for your landscape! 

Members’ Night
Friday, September 29, 4 - 7:30 p.m.

Members enjoy a special plant sale preview party with live music and refreshments. Become a member at the door! Members receive a 10% discount. 

Public Sale
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Choose from a wide variety of southeastern native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and ferns at our annual sale, in addition to used books and native wildflower seeds. 

Garden closed on Labor Day

The Garden will be closed on Labor Day. The Piedmont Nature Trails, Coker Arboretum, and Battle Park will be open dawn to dusk, as usual. 

In the DeBerry Gallery

Through August 29...


Don't miss this year's Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration graduate exhibit by Susan Abernethy, Wei-Ting Chi, and Jessica Nelson. Their beautiful work represents the culmination of years of study in our certificate program. Congratulations, graduates!

Our Certificate Program graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m., followed by an exhibit reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Learn more about our certificate programs in Botanical Art & Illustration and Native Plant Studies at, and join us for our Certificate Program Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 26!

September 1 - October 29


Work by Claire Alderks Miller, Rebecca Dotterer, and Dale Morgan.

Plants and animals rely upon each other for survival. This exhibit highlights the interconnectedness of native species by examining what they eat. Food chains (prey-predator interactions) from diverse North Carolina habitats – Piedmont, Mountains, Coastal Plain, Sandhills – are identified and depicted in a variety of media. Brilliant watercolors, detailed pen and ink, and luminous colored pencil bring local food chains in the garden to life.

Tours of Coker Arboretum!

Did you know 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, August 18. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Wanted: Paul Green Cabin Steward

We are searching for a volunteer to help maintain the historic Paul Green Cabin. Duties include: checking on the cabin and artifacts on a weekly basis, reporting regularly on the status of the cabin, light cleaning, light indoor/outdoor maintenance, and helping plan for future use of the space. Must be 18+ years old, be able to lift up to 50 lbs, have attention to detail, and have the ability to use basic tools (rake, broom, blower, hammer, and screwdriver). Please contact Elaine at if you are interested. 

Upcoming Classes and Events


Saturday, August 25; 1-4:30 p.m. •  $38 ($34 Members)
This class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, and introduces the instructors.  Register now >


Saturdays, September 8, 15, and 22; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •  $97 ($87 Members)
Learn how to create amazing close-up insect images! Topics include field and lighting techniques, equipment, and a primer on insects within an ecological context. Instruction will emphasize the use of DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras, but students with camera phones are also welcome. This class combines classroom instruction and hands-on photography practice, so expect to shoot 50-100 images per class. Register now >


Wednesday, September 12; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. •  Free; preregistration required
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden's community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible, medicinal, and pollinator-friendly plants. We’ll see and taste from the gardens, and we’ll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more! Register now >


Sunday, September 9; 1:30-4:30 p.m. •  $32 ($29 Members)
Let’s explore beautiful native medicinal plants you can grow in your own backyard! Using the NCBG display gardens as our classroom, we will meet both shade-loving and sun-loving plants. We’ll learn about each plant’s growth patterns, nutrient needs and growing tips. Spatial and design considerations will be included. We’ll discuss each plant’s medicinal qualities and simple preparations you can make at home, and we’ll explore differences between cultivating plants at home and wildcrafting. Register now >


Thursday, September 13; 12-1 p.m •  Free; preregistration required
Piedmont Patch is a collaborative demonstration of how to restore native habitat for wildlife to public and private landscapes in the North Carolina Piedmont. Lisa Fischbeck, vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, and Catherine Bollinger, volunteer botanical advisor, will describe the origin of the project and ongoing partnerships helping to create native habitat for wildlife displaced by the rapid urbanization of our region on part of The Advocate's 15-acre property. Register now >


Saturday, September 15; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •  $36 ($32 Members)
Develop your nature journaling skills, whether you are just getting started, want to add visual notes to a written journal, or simply enjoy drawing what you see. Through guided exercises, we’ll practice perceptual and drawing skills to quickly establish a framework for a diagram, drawing, or description in your journal, then experiment with portable drawing and painting media. We’ll also look at strategies for organizing your journal for outdoor excursions. All skill levels are welcome! Register now >


Saturday, September 15; 1:30-4:30 p.m. •  $18 ($16 Members)
Join us for this hands-on introduction to recording plant and wildlife observations with the iNaturalist mobile app and website ( We'll give a brief overview of the application and discuss techniques for photographing flora and fauna for identification. Then, we'll take a field trip to nearby Mason Farm to make observations. We'll also provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and connecting with the online community of iNaturalists. To participate, you will need to bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet. Register now >


Thursday, September 20; 12-1 p.m •  Free; preregistration required
Learn the secrets of the lives of local caterpillars: their journey from egg to pupa, what they eat, and how they try to survive the many things in their environment that are out to get them. Find out how you can find and raise caterpillars, and what plants will attract some of our more interesting local species. There will also be some live specimens to observe. Register now >

Most of our fall classes and events are now posted! From full moon walks to introductory birding classes to pollinator gardening, we've got something for everyone:

See all upcoming classes here >

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