Partnerships for Pollinators

Over the past few months, Amanda Mixon, curator of the education center landscape, and Dan Stern, director of horticulture, have been advising the Chapel Hill Public Library on the development of a pollinator garden next to their main building. Other project participants have included library staff and volunteers and several folks from the Town of Chapel Hill. 

We’re all excited about the opportunity to use his high-visibility space as an opportunity to showcase native plants and model environmentally-friendly landscaping. Formerly a 1000+ square foot monolithic block of non-native ornamental grass, Mixon’s design includes over 20 species of native plants that flower throughout the season while providing food and habitat for a wide variety of animals. Planting is already underway so drop by soon!


- Library Garden
- Visit Our Friends!
- Thank You
- Welcome, Interns!
- Support the Garden
- DeBerry Gallery
- Garden Shop
- Coker Tours
- Needed: Volunteers
- Battle Invasive Pests
- Upcoming Classes

Going on vacation this summer?

Be sure to request your membership letter to gain special admission privileges and discounts at 320 gardens in the United States, Canada, the US Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands!

One benefit of membership at the North Carolina Botanical Garden is admission to other gardens in the American Horticulture Society. If you are a North Carolina Botanical Garden member, contact our Membership Manager, Allison Essen, at for a letter to verify your membership for admission.

Not a member? Join today! Other benefits include a subscription to our magazine, discounts in the Garden Shop, discounted classes, free wildflower seeds, and more! 

Thank you for making our spring events successful!

What a busy spring! We had quite a few events here at the Garden, and each one was successful, thanks to you!

We kicked off May with Discovering Magic in the Garden. Despite rescheduling the event due to weather, we had a great turnout and an enjoyable event. The next weekend was our spring Native Plant Sale and Festival. We sold over one thousand plants from our nursery, more than any previous spring plant sale. This event raised funds to support our propagation program, so a big thank you to everyone who came out for this event! And we welcomed June with the Carolina Moonlight Garden Party. A surprise thunderstorm passed through right before the event, but the clouds cleared for a beautiful and memorable night in the Garden, while raising funds to support our mission. Thanks to all of you who attended or supported these events!

Welcome, Summer Interns!

Our summer interns are already working hard, providing the Garden with essential help in a variety of roles. This summer, you'll find our interns in the Display Gardens, the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Coker Arboretum, the UNC Herbarium, and in our summer camp programs. The Garden would not be able to do all we do without them. Thanks, interns!!

And a special thanks to all of you who came to our Dead Mule Club fundraiser for internships! This event provided a portion of the funds to hire this energetic and enthusiastic team!

Support the Garden!

Thanks to you and others who care about preserving our natural heritage, the Garden’s conservation, education, research, and outreach programs have never been stronger. Currently, the Garden’s greatest need is for general support. These are the gifts that provide for our day-to-day activities and support the staff who conduct programs and care for 1,100 acres of gardens and natural areas. Please join or renew your membership and consider making an additional contribution to the Garden today. The Garden staff, our students, our members, and our volunteers thank you for helping the Garden thrive and grow. Please donate today. 

In the DeBerry Gallery



Through June 27
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, Susan Abernethy, Wei-Ting Chi, and Jessica Nelson, will showcase their work in an exhibit called Seeing Nature.

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.

Want to learn more about our certificate programs in Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies? Visit

In the Garden Shop: Botany for Gardeners

Stop by the Garden Shop to pick up a copy of Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. For two decades, readers around the world have been fascinated by the crystal-clear descriptions of how plants work. What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants use each other — and animals — to survive? How do they reproduce, and how do they transform nutrients into growth?

See our full list of recommended books online.

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, June 16. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Needed: Summer volunteers!

Summertime volunteers are needed at the Carolina Campus Community Garden and Edible Campus UNC. Tasks will include planting, weeding, watering, mulching, and harvesting herbs and vegetables. Must be able to tolerate heat. Please contact for more information. 

Staff gain more skills in battling invasive pests

Geoffrey Neal, assistant curator of Coker Arboretum, and Wendy Wenck, curator of the Herb Garden, recently attended the Sentinel Plant Network training for the southeast region at Naples Botanical Garden in Florida. At this workshop, they learned about the economic and environmental impact of serious plant pests and diseases as well the threats in our region, host plants affected, common signs and symptoms, and the best practices for monitoring and reporting.

If you have questions about any of these issues, contact our Green Gardener Desk. We're happy to help. The desk is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-2 p.m., or you can call 919-962-2393 and leave a message any time!

Upcoming Classes and Events


Saturdays, June 9, 16, and 23; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. •  $97 ($87 Members)
This nine hour course is designed for a broad audience. Most aspects of insect biology will be covered, with an emphasis on the adaptations that have made them the most diverse group of organisms. The variety of orders, families, and species will be reviewed, using examples found in the local area.  Observational techniques will be demonstrated during a field trip to Mason Farm, and a tour of the Garden’s display areas will be used to discuss how to improve habitats for insects in our own backyards. Register now >


Saturday, June 9; 1-4 p.m. •  $36 ($32 Members)
An informative workshop on the fundamentals of pruning. Participants will learn 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 certified beekeeper, Anne Cabell. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Register now >

Our adult programs take a break in July. Fall programs will be posted by early August! See all upcoming classes here.

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