Next month: Winter in the Garden Holiday Festival!

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: 
The Foodscape Revolution

Sunday, November 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Reception and book-signing to follow

Visionary horticulturist Brie Arthur joins us to talk about her signature design technique of foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that integrates edible and ornamental plantings to create beautiful and functional gardens. Free. Register now >


- Fitch Lecture
- Sculpture in the Garden
- Fall Members Meeting
- Winter in the Garden
- Upcycle your Cards
- Discovery Room
- Lending a Helping Hand
- DeBerry Gallery
- Coker Tours
- 2019 Calendars
- Garden Shop
- Garden Guides
- Let's Do Lunch!
- Upcoming Classes
- Youth & Family Classes

30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition

Through 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 at

See this year's award winners:

Best in Show
Duende by Jonathan Davis

Honorable Mention
Up Root by William Moore
Imposition of Our Will Upon Nature by Joe Coates
Crescent, Orange by Roberta Wood
Genesis by Charles Pilkey

People's Choice
Garden Party by Holly Felice (Pictured)

Botanical Garden Foundation Annual Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2 p.m., Reeves Auditorium
All Garden members are invited to participate in this annual meeting and vote for new board members. Nominees include Patrick Barratt, Alice May, Sims Preston, and Judith Rizzo. Biographies, the agenda, and more information can be found online.
Read more >

Winter in the Garden

Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 8, 5-9 p.m.

(inclement weather date: Sunday, December 9)
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy the peaceful holiday splendor of the Garden as we celebrate the end of the year with lights, kids crafts, native plant greenery, holiday music, food trucks, a craft market, and good cheer. $5 suggested ticket price. Pay at the door.

Volunteers needed for the Winter in the Garden Festival - Shifts are from 4-7 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. Options include directing parking, greeting visitors, helping with activities, and floaters who help with a variety of tasks. Please email if you would like to volunteer at the Festival.

Member Holiday Party
Friday, December 7, 5-8 p.m.

Members! Join us as we celebrate the season at our annual holiday party. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a cookie exchange, festive entertainment, and a preview of our Holiday Festival light display.

We Need your Old Holiday Cards!

Every year we decorate a tree in our main exhibit hall and this year we will be crafting our ornaments from “upcycled” cards. If you have old holiday cards stacking up at home, please bring them to the front desk. Cards will be collected through November 30. Thank you!

The NEW Peacock Discovery Room

The newly renovated Peacock Discovery Room is now open! Thanks to a generous gift by Florence and James Peacock, families can now enjoy a hands-on, indoor space to learn about and explore the plants, animals, and habitats of the Garden. The room features a wall-size mural with “I Spy” activity, cozy reading nook with a selection of rotating nature books, three-dimensional tree, an interactive felt wall, nature displays, and much more. Activities and displays will change seasonally, so come back often! Recommended for children up to age 10. 
OPEN HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m.

Lending a Helping Hand

garden staff at Cape Fear Botanical GardenAlthough the Garden experienced some damage from this season’s hurricanes, it was nothing compared to that of our colleagues down at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They suffered extensive tree loss from hurricane Florence and, as the river beside them crested more than 60 feet above normal, over half of their garden went underwater, washing out most of their trail system.
In the latter part of October our director of horticulture, Dan Stern, and horticulturist Dan Blanchard made a trip down to Fayetteville to help with the cleanup. Their visit coincided with staff from Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and together they removed a few hazard trees and worked on resurfacing some of the washed out trails.
In addition to the solidarity among garden professionals, one of the most gratifying aspects of the day was that the Garden’s Stihl chainsaw equipment and the Cushman Hauler-Pro we brought down and used to move gravel are battery-powered. These tools were effective, quiet, and clean. And, best of all, the only gasoline we used was to drive the truck down there and back!
Photo Credit: Bobby Mottern, Director of Horticulture, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

In the DeBerry Gallery

Through December 21...


by Melissa Hill

The Nature of Printmaking highlights North Carolina plants and animals through numerous different methods of printmaking. From an American bullfrog created with waterless lithography to mono-printed sweet gum leaves to a dry-point etched Carolina wren, Melissa Hill delves into the beauty of our local flora and fauna.

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 last tour of 2018 will be Saturday, November 17. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Our 2019 Desk Calendars are here!

The 2019 Botanical Art & Illustration (BAI) desk calendars are here and they are gorgeous! We are pleased with both the quality of the illustrations and the overall calendars themselves. They make beautiful show pieces for your office and home.
After a short printing delay, the wall calendars will be available beginning November 3. If you’ve pre-ordered yours, we will call you when your full order is available and ready for pick up. 
The Garden's BAI Certificate Program students and alumni contribute illustrations of native plants of the southeastern United States for use in the calendar, promoting the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants. Sale of the calendars directly supports Garden programs and staff. Wall calendars are $25 and desk calendars are $15. Pre-orders must be picked up by December 1, 2018.

Visit the Garden Shop for
Winter and Holiday Gifts

Many of our wonderful shop consignors offer winter and holiday-themed art work. Come in and take a look at nature-themed Christmas ornaments, cards, prints, and gift tags.

And be sure to attend our Winter in the Garden Holiday Festival craft market for everyone on your shopping list!


Garden Guide Training

Tuesdays & Thursdays: February 19, 21, 26, 28, March 5, 7 (6-session course)
9:30 a.m.-noon

Garden Guides studying aquatic habitatDo you have an enthusiasm for nature and the Garden that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides are specially-trained volunteers who help us educate thousands of people each year about plants and the natural world. Our enthusiastic and committed volunteers create memorable learning experiences for small groups of schoolchildren (PreK-6th) and adults. You don’t need to be an expert or have a background in teaching! Successful volunteers are open-minded, willing to learn, friendly, enjoy working with people, and have time to volunteer on weekdays. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and program curriculum. Learn more >

Let's Have Lunch Together!

Pack a PB&J and join us for a free LUNCHBOX Talk!



Thursday, November 8; 12-1 p.m. • Free, preregistration required
Sun-loving plants once occupied the prairies, savannas, and open-canopy woodlands of the North Carolina Piedmont, natural habitats more prevalent historically thanks to fire and other ecological processes. Now, those plants persist in roadsides and powerline rights-of-way, and their remnant populations are increasingly threatened by development and changes in management. We'll explore our North Carolina Piedmont prairie flora, from the rare, endemic, and disjunct species to the more common plants in our area. We'll talk about the biogeographical processes that created our local flora and about the management and conservation necessary to prevent the loss of large suites of these special Piedmont plants and their associated pollinators. Register now >


Thursday, November 15; 12-1 p.m. • Free; preregistration required.
What do Venus flytraps and red wolves have in common? Are any places in North Carolina wild enough for these carnivorous creatures? If these elements of our natural heritage are to have a future in North Carolina, they’ll need a functioning ecosystem and a whole lot of help from their friends. We’ll explore why these species are rare, why traditional land conservation practices won’t save them, and discuss how North Carolina might find new solutions to old conservation problems. Come prepared to share your ideas and discuss pros and cons of proposed alternatives. Register now >


Thursday, November 29; 12-1 p.m. • Free; preregistration required.
Insects display an amazing variety of adaptations to life in aquatic systems. Learn about how insects have adapted their bodies to meet their survival needs in freshwater systems, including how insects breathe and move underwater, avoid being swept away, and deal with drought. Register now >


Thursday, December 6; 12-1 p.m. • Free; preregistration required.
Although North Carolina is a botanically rich state, hundreds of species are considered rare or even imperiled. The NC Plant Conservation Program is working across the state to protect imperiled plants in their native habitats now and for future generations. These projects range from Southern Appalachian bogs, to Piedmont prairies, longleaf pine savannas, and much more in between. Come hear about the work they're doing and how you might become involved. Register now >

See all upcoming LUNCHBOX Talks here >

Upcoming Classes and Events


Wednesday, November 7; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. • Free; preregistration required
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of NCBG’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 >


Wednesday, November 7; 2-4 p.m. • $22 ($20 Members)
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy, ways to identify your weeds, and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in specimens for identification. Register now >



Saturday, November 17; 2-4 p.m. • $22 ($20 Members)
This workshop will help gardeners plan and maintain landscapes that promote life of all kinds. We’ll spend time on great garden plants that provide necessary resources for pollinators and other wildlife. We will also talk about maintenance techniques to keep your garden in good shape while preserving and enhancing habitat. Weather permitting, we’ll spend some time in the garden learning how to build a pollinator friendly wattle fence from last year’s perennial stems. Register now >


Saturday, December 1; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • $32 ($29 Members)
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate woody plants through stem cuttings during the dormant season (November through February). We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, emphasizing plants native to the southeastern United States. The workshop will take place in the classroom and the NCBG nursery. This class can accompany our Native Plant Propagation workshop for those who have taken it, but you don’t need to have taken Native Plant Propagation to participate. Register now >


Saturday, December 1; 2-4 p.m. • $10 ($9 Members)
December is a great time to enjoy the trees of the UNC campus. Ken Moore will trace the footsteps of well-known horticulturist William L. Hunt, who enjoyed leading an annual UNC Winter Campus Tree walk. Among the impressive mature specimens of broad-leaf evergreens and conifers are an amazing collection of evergreen holly species and cultivars. In addition to relating some of Mr. Hunt’s “tree stories,” Ken will use a selection of vintage photographs to show how the campus landscape has changed during the past 100 years. Register now >

See all upcoming classes here >

Upcoming Youth & Family Programs

Join us for family programs, explore the Children’s Wonder Garden, and stop by the Education Center to pick up a Sculpture in the Garden scavenger hunt and see if you can find them all!



Thursday, November 8; 10-10:45 a.m. •  Free; preregistration required
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Free, but space is limited! Register now >


Saturday, November 10; 1-2:15 p.m. •  $10 ($9 Members);
no fee for accompanying adult

For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Did you know you can save seeds to grow next spring? Join us in the vegetable garden to learn how to collect and store seeds, make your own seed packets and ‘seed tape’ to take home, and enjoy harvesting and tasting the last of the fall veggies. Register now >

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