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Discovering Magic in the Garden
Spring Family Festival

Saturday, April 7; 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 activities and nature play, including frogs, carnivorous plants, bird games and crafts, flower art, gnome home building, scavenger hunt, and more. $5 per person (no fee for children ages 2 & under) Register Now>

IN THIS ISSUE

- Discovering Magic
- S
ims Lecture
- Stroll into Spring
- Gardening at Schools
- Sponsor a Campus Bed
Coker Tours
- Garden Tour
- Goodbye, Sally!
- Poetic License
- Project Learning Tree
- DeBerry Gallery
- Growing Lost Crops
- Upcoming classes

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture
 

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SPRING:
RETRACING NATURALISTS EDWIN WAY TEALE AND JOHN K. TERRES

Sunday, April 15; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
John R. Harris retraces the paths of renowned naturalists Edwin Way Teale and John K. Terres, highlighting what’s been lost and celebrating how much remains in these wild places. Book signing and reception follow lecture. Free, preregistration required. Register Now>

Chapel Hill Garden Tour

 

STROLL INTO SPRING
 

Thursday, April 26; 6 - 8 p.m.
Be sure to get your tickets to the Chapel Hill Garden Tour's preview party! Director Damon Waitt will discuss plans for the Garden's future while we thank the hosts of this year's tour. Appetizers and beverages. Get your tickets >


CHAPEL HILL GARDEN TOUR
 

Saturday, April 28; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, April 29; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This year's tour celebrates the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community, showcasing the gardens of UNC officials along with NCBG's Display Gardens and Coker Arboretum. The tour includes plein air artists, musicians, select garden-related vendors, and a photography contest.

The Chapel Hill Garden Tour is a biennial charitable and educational event of the Chapel Hill Garden Club. Proceeds support the Children’s Wonder Garden and programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden as well as the educational and community service projects of the Chapel Hill Garden Club. Tickets are available now at chapelhillgardenclub.net

Burt's Bees Grant Funds Horticultural Therapy School Program

Thanks to a Honeybee and Human Health grant from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, our Horticultural Therapy program is launching a pilot program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools that will develop sustainable pollinator and vegetable gardens in combination with teacher training in therapeutic horticulture. The ultimate goal of the Living Learning Landscapes program (LLL) is to provide nature-based learning in an outdoor classroom environment for students who may not learn as well in a traditional classroom environment and to increase habitats for and awareness of native plant and pollinator diversity in our area.

Support an Edible Campus Garden

Edible Campus UNC, our education program that converts garden beds across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to incorporate edible, medicinal, and pollinator friendly plants, has a new opportunity to get involved! A one-time contribution by you or your company can help maintain a specific Edible Campus garden at the University. You will receive updates from the students working on your garden bed throughout the year with what's happening and fruiting in your garden, and more! To learn more visit Edible Campus UNC's webpage, or e-mail lmindlin@email.unc.edu.

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, March 17. Come learn about the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden in the heart of the UNC campus.

Garden Tour


THE WOODS AWAKEN

Saturday, April 7, 10 - 11 a.m. 
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare

April means the greening of our forests and an abundance of wildflowers. Join a Garden Guide to learn about the magic of spring from budburst to new blooms. Free, but please preregister. Space is limited! Register Now >

All the Feelings


It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Sally Heiney, a horticultural technician who has devoted more than 18 years of service to the Garden. For the last several years, Sally has managed the landscapes around the Totten Center including the perennial border, plant family garden, and water gardens. Sally also played a vital role in the development of the landscapes around the Allen Education Center and our main entrance on Old Mason Farm Road.

In these spaces and, truthfully, across the whole site, Sally has been the Garden’s first line of defense against invasive species. Time and time again, her vigilance has resulted in the early detection and eradication of new weeds BEFORE they became entrenched, thereby saving the Garden from a lot more work. Sally’s contributions as a gardener are matched only by her hospitality. From her unrelenting attention to the appearance and safety of our paths to her welcoming demeanor, Sally has demonstrated real leadership in prioritizing the visitor experience here at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Sally has been an invaluable member of our team, and although her last day was just February 28 we already miss her dearly. However, we are also very excited for Sally to enjoy the next chapter in her life and wish her the best.

Poetic License

Several years ago, the UNC Herbarium started curating vehicle license plates. They do not accept just any license plate – it has to be botanically themed, though they do reserve the right to interpret “botanically themed” with poetic license. Instead of secreting these public displays of affection (PDA) for plants away in herbarium cases, they proudly display them on door lintels throughout the Herbarium on the 4th floor of Coker Hall. Read more about this collection in an essay by Herbarium curator Carol Ann McCormick.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Early Childhood Workshop

Saturday, March 24; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. Discover new hands-on activities to share with young learners based on the five senses, seasons of the year, and trees in your neighborhood, as well as how to engage them through song, dance, exploration, and play. Plus, enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the Garden through the lens of PLT activities. Each participant will receive PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Activity Guide and accompanying music CD, as well as the K-8 Activity Guide containing over 90 additional activities. Earn CEUs, in-service credit, or 6 hours toward NC Environmental Education Certification. Preregistration required. $20 (includes PLT Activity Guides – a $45 value!) Register Now >

In the DeBerry Gallery

 

WATCHING AND NOT WATCHING THE BIRDIE: FIFTEEN YEARS OF ATTENDING TO UNINTENDED POSES
 

Through April - photographs by Steve Heiner. Exhibit reception, Sunday, March 4; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the DeBerry Art Gallery

In the Pegg Exhibit Hall  - Messengers, by young artists working with Beverly Dyer, art teacher. The bird species represented are threatened and need our help.

Coming in May...Honoring Habitat by Nathalie Worthington

Growing the Lost Crops


Monday, March 19, 3:35 p.m. 
Refreshments served starting at 3:15 p.m.
Graham Memorial, Room 039 (UNC Campus)

Learn about the experimental and public archaeology in the Plum Bayou Garden in a talk by Elizabeth Horton of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey Toltec Mounds Research Station. Sponsored by the UNC Department of Anthropology, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Food For All, and Edible Campus UNC

Upcoming Classes and Events


IDENTIFYING AND CONTROLLING INVASIVE PLANTS

Sunday, March 11; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. • $32 ($29 Members)
Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. Register Now >
 

EDIBLES ON PAPER: GARLIC

Saturday, March 24; 1 - 4:30 p.m. • $32 ($29 Members)
Spend this early spring getting acquainted with garlic!  Instruction will include matching delicate variations of white, painting wet into wet, followed by dry brush to bring out the details of the papery skin. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Register Now >
 

CCCG COMPOSTING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, March 28; 3 - 4:30 p.m. •  Free; preregistration required
Starting your own vermicomposting is easy! Learn how to put your food scraps to good use: what to compost, what not to compost, and why. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Register Now >
 

LUNCHBOX TALK: DOES VENUS FLYTRAP EVER EAT ITS POLLINATORS?

Thursday, March 29; 12 - 1 p.m. •  Free; preregistration required
Carnivorous plants face a special kind of conflict: They rely on insects to pollinate their flowers, but they also trap insects as a source of nutrients. Do they ever mix up their friends and their food? This talk looks at pollinator-prey conflict in carnivorous plants, and presents a case study in Venus flytrap, whose pollinators were unknown until very recently. Register Now >
 

MASTER COURSE: DRAWING ASSOCIATIVE PLANTS AND INSECTS

Friday, April 6, 1 - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, 1:15 - 4:45 p.m. •  $225 ($202 Members)
Many plants and insects have evolved an integrated living arrangement where each is dependent upon the other for its survival. Using watercolor, students will depict a plant with the insect it cannot live without. This is a 14-hour advanced course that requires mastery of watercolor and pencil drawing and is best suited for graduates of our Botanical Art & Illustration certificate program and other visual art professionals. Register Now >
 

LUNCHBOX TALK: FLORAQUEST AND THE FUTURE OF APPS AS PLANT ID TOOLS

Thursday, April 12; 12 - 1 p.m. •  Free; preregistration required
Is lugging a big tome out into the woods to identify plants a thing of a bygone era?  Join UNC Herbarium Director Alan Weakley in exploring the changing world of plant identification tools, including FloraQuest, a mobile app produced by the UNC Herbarium that allows users to quickly search the entire contents of the 1,320 page Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Register Now >
 

SPRING TREES IN WATERCOLOR

Saturday, April 14; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. •  $24 ($22 Members)
Explore the exuberance of spring trees with watercolor. Leaves appear in many shades of green, and blooming trees dot the forest with color. We will paint North Carolina native favorites like redbud and dogwood and learn wet-in-wet watercolor techniques. No art experience required.  Register Now >

See all upcoming classes here.

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