Meet the 2017 NC Wildflower of the Year!

Meet the 2017 Wildflower of the Year!

The Hollow-stem Joe-pye-weed has been named 2017 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
Find out more >


Wildflower of the Year
Members' Seed List
- Hippoie Creek
- Winter Spectacle
- DeBerry Gallery
Volunteer Highlight
Garden Shop
- Darwin Day
Horticultural Therapy
- Arboretum stream 
- New Staff
- In the News
- Upcoming classes

Exclusive Members' Seed List available soon

Garden members will be notified in the coming week via email about the annual Seed List. Our seed distribution program was created as a way to further promote the concept of "conservation through propagation" by making seeds of southeastern natives available to nurseries, botanical gardens, garden clubs, wildflower enthusiasts and home gardeners.

One benefit of garden membership is receiving eight packets of native seeds each year! Want to become a member? Click here.


Hippoie Creek brings joys of a stream to UNC Children's Hospital

Last month, Wonder Connection unveiled the program’s newest addition--- Hippoie Creek. This portable and safe creek bed gives children and teenage patients at UNC Hospitals the opportunity to explore and experiment with natural habitats without ever leaving their bed. With its own flowing river, creek critters and fabric leaves, the Creek provides a realistic outdoor environment that promotes learning and inspires play. Continue reading >


Enjoy a Winter Spectacle 

Our current exhibit in the Pegg Exhibit Hall invites you to consider the beauty of our region’s winter landscape and provides information about our certificate programs in Native Plant Studies and Botanical Art and Illustration. This exhibit will be on display through February.

In the DeBerry Gallery

The DeBerry Gallery is currently hosting a collection of illustrations of North Carolina native plants and gardens by mother and son Linda Henley and James Keul. This exhibit includes paintings of local plants, gardens and places where the plants might be found. James, who lives in Durham, painted scenes close to home, and Linda, who resides in Washington state, painted the flowers during visits to the area. They have painted together for most of James’ life. This, their first joint exhibit, will be on display through February. Join us for a reception for the artists on Sunday, February 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Volunteer Highlight:
Anne Cabell, CCCG beekeeper

In 2010, Anne Cabell had been looking for an interesting way that she could give back to the community. After hearing about the garden and its mission, she knew that working with our Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) would be a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. Continue reading >

2017 Wildflower of the Year Merchandise

Show off your love for North Carolina's wildflowers by wearing a fashionable t-shirt or tote available in the Garden Shop. This year's illustration was created by former employee and current volunteer extraordinaire Dot Wilbur Brooks. Thanks, Dot!!

Let's celebrate Darwin Day!

In honor of Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday, the Garden will host a talk on Sunday, February 12 at 2 p.m. The presentation, by director of conservation Johnny Randall, will focus on the Venus Flytrap---one of Darwin's favorite plants. Admission is free but preregistration is requested.

Horticultural Therapy Workshop

Many of us take great pride in the beautiful gardens we create, but gardening can also have tremendous benefits for our health and well-being. In March, the Garden will offer an introductory course on Therapeutic Horticulture. Sign up here to learn how you can use plants, gardens and nature to grow your physical, social and emotional health.

Stream channel improvements
underway at Arboretum

Thanks to a donation from the estate of devoted Coker Arboretum volunteer Bob Gordon, we are able to make improvements to the stone channel below the Abundance of Springs Kenan Water Feature. The first and most significant obstacle in the area was the 90-year-old sweet gum that grew into the stone channel. Continue reading >

New Staff

Over the past couple months, we have welcomed a few new staff members. Take a moment to get to know them below.

Mike Dunn joined the Garden staff in January as a natural science educator. He will develop and offer school field trips, teacher workshops, family programs and summer camps, train education volunteers, and assist with the Children’s Wonder Garden. Mike worked for 32 years with the State of North Carolina as a naturalist/educator – 8 years with the NC Division of Parks and Recreation and 24 years with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. He has designed and conducted hundreds of workshops on natural history, throughout the state and beyond, on subjects ranging from wildlife to wildflowers. Mike is also an avid nature photographer and writes a blog about the natural wonders that surround us – see

Laura Mindlin joined the Garden's Edible Campus Initiative (ECI) as coordinator in November. She has held positions supporting sustainable agriculture and land management as an undergraduate at Skidmore College in upstate New York. Since then, she has developed infrastructure for local food distribution programs in New York and North Carolina and worked on organic vegetable farms across the world. She brings a deep enthusiasm for connecting college students with local food systems to ECI, which maintains engaging edible gardens across the UNC campus. Photo by Scott Conklin

Nadia Alamo returned to North Carolina in May after traveling in India for four years. Previously, she has worked for the Dean of Students Office at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Elon University. She came to the NCBG Garden Shop as a weekend assistant and was promoted first to interim manager and then permanent manger in December. Nadia is training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for her 40th birthday.

In Other News

Here’s what others are saying about the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Well Said: George Washington Carver’s fungal specimens (, February 1, 2017)

N.C. Botanical Garden names wildflower of year (The News & Observer, January 29, 2017) 

Botanical Garden brings nature to hospitalized kids (Carolina Connection, January 28, 2017)

The outdoors come alive inside North Carolina's Children's Hospital (ABC-11, January 27, 2017)

A river runs through it: Portable creek gives UNC Hospitals patients chance to play, learn (The Herald-Sun, January 18, 2017)

Growing Carolina: Edible Campus welcomes Laura Mindlin (University Gazette, January 10, 2017)

Upcoming Classes



Thursdays, February 9, 16, March 9, 16; 1-4:30 p.m. • $150 ($135 Members) 
This course provides fundamentals in painting with acrylic, including a survey of various methods of painting in this medium and instruction in using it for botanical art and illustration. Register Now >


Saturday, February 11; 2-4 p.m. • $45 ($40.50 Members)
The class will explore the basics of alternative quilting to develop expressive floral imagery. Learn to hand piece and thread-embellish fabric scraps. No advanced skills are necessary to create these tantalizing layered pieces. Supply fee included. Register Now >


Tuesdays, February 14, 21, March 7, 14; 1-4:30 p.m. • $150 ($135 Members)
Students are introduced to watercolor and learn basic techniques such as washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Register Now >


See our full schedule of upcoming classes online!

Upcoming Youth & Family Programs



Friday, February 24, 10--11:15 a.m. • $10 ($8 Members) 
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Secretive spotted salamanders are awake and busy laying eggs in the vernal ponds at the Garden! Come meet and learn about these amazing amphibians through pretend play, stories, crafts and a hands-on nature walk to the pond. Register Now >


Saturday, February 25, 1-2:15 p.m. • $10 ($8 Members)
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Get a jump on spring and discover the magic of seeds! Dissect seeds and discover how they grow into plants, help us plant sugar snap peas in the vegetable garden, and sow your own flat of seeds to take home. Register Now >


Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, April 1, 1:30-4:30 p.m. • $140 ($25 Members), includes art kit
For ages 8-12. As spring returns, frogs, toads and salamanders emerge from forest burrows and muddy pond bottoms. Meet Pickerel Frogs, Tree Frogs, Spotted and Marbled Salamanders and learn how they live and survive while you draw and paint them. Visit the Garden’s ponds to listen for their calls and search for their eggs. Class includes time outside sketching and hiking. Instructed by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. Register Now >

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