From Seed to Sapling and Beyond

Sunday, July 22; 2:30-4 p.m. with reception following
Join Garden director Damon Waitt and special guests for a presentation and panel discussion celebrating the past, present, and future of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Jointly sponsored by the Chapel Hill Historical Society and the North Carolina Botanical Garden, both formally established in 1966. Free. Register now.


- Seed to Sapling
- Sculpture in the Garden
- Wonder Connection
- Party Pics

- DeBerry Gallery
- Welcome, Dan!
- Coker Tours
- Visit our Friends!
- Garden Shop
- Upcoming Classes

Save the Date: 30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden!

Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Sculpture in the Garden, the outdoor sculpture exhibition uniting the work of North Carolina artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The show, which features large and small-scale works in a wide variety of media, creates stunning and novel way to experience art, the natural world, and the relationship between the two.

Preview Party: Saturday, September 15; 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 ($30 per person) will go on sale soon!

Exhibition: Sunday, September 16 - Sunday, December 9
Free and open to the public. Come back and see the show several times as the natural landscape around the sculptures changes!

Community Day (New!): Sunday, October 14
Take a guided tour of the show and enjoy refreshments as we announce the winner of the People's Choice Award! Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit

Wonder Connection wins Program Excellence Award

Our Wonder Connection program won the Program Excellence Award at the American Public Gardens Association's annual conference last month. This award is reserved for an American Public Gardens Association Garden member who has displayed a truly innovative spirit in the development of an original program. Wonder Connection empowers pediatric patients at UNC Children's Hospital with the wonders of nature and science. They do this in a variety of ways, including two tools invented by program manager Katie Stoudemire. The WonderSphere is a sealed chamber with built in gloves that enables hospitalized children & teens to reach inside to plant, dig, water, and touch nature without danger of infection. Hippoie Creek is a portable creek with rocks, toy insects, and other animals that pediatric patients can explore at their bedside. Congratulations, Wonder Connection!

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party Photos

We sure had fun at the Carolina Moonlight Garden Party, our spring fundraiser co-hosted by the Botanical Garden Foundation. Check out photos of the event online.

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.

Want to learn more about our certificate programs in Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies? Visit, and join us for our Certificate Program Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 26!

Welcome, Dan!

The Garden is pleased to announce the arrival of Dan Blanchard, who is joining our team on July 9 as a horticultural technician. Known to his friends as “Dan the Conifer Man,” he has spent the last three and a half years in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dan is a native of Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina, so moving back east is a bit of a homecoming. Dan graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in horticulture science and also possesses an associates degree in horticulture technology from Spartanburg Community College. He worked for the botanical gardens at both schools and has done internships at Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, South Carolina and Denver Botanic Gardens. Dan has a passion for woody plant material and horticulture education. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, bike riding, kayaking, exploring gardens and arboretums, reading, going to concerts, cooking vegan food, and spending time with his fiancé and their two dogs. Dan looks forward to meeting all of you, so if you see him at the Garden, please say hello.

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, July 21. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

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! 

In the Garden Shop: Handmade Home Goods

The Garden Shop continues to feature the wonderful sewing of Marcella Grendler and Barbara Hardison. New additions to their Botanical Boutique line of home goods include microwave cozies to lift hot bowls, microwave bags to "bake" potatoes, water bottle carriers, cute bookmarks, and phone bags.

Upcoming Classes and Events


Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • $195 ($175 Members)
This introductory course covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities to make observations in the gardens. Register now >


Saturday, August 4; 1-4:30 p.m. •  $42 ($38 Members)
Drawing is a skill anyone can learn! In this workshop, students progress from a blank sheet of paper to a beautifully finished drawing. Come try, and discover that yes, you can draw!  Register now >


Tuesdays, August 7, 14, 21, and 28; 1-4:30 p.m. •  $150 ($135 Members)
This introductory course is for beginners and those wishing to refresh their drawing skills, including using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. 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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