A Conservation Garden

Welcome to Our Garden!

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a "conservation garden." Our guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

Visitor Info

  • Admission: Free to the public (though we welcome donations).
  • Directions: See our Getting Here page for directions, including public transit options.
  • Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays and University Holidays
  • Maps: Display GardensPiedmont Nature Trails

The boardwalk at Mason Farm Biological Reserve is closed until further notice. A permit, available at the Allen Education Center, is required to visit the Reserve. Please note visiting the Reserve may require fording a stream with your vehicle. Depending on the stream depth, crossing may be dangerous and prevent visiting the site.

Upcoming Events

Darwin Day Lecture: Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Evolution
Tuesday, February 12; 7-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate Darwin's birthday by joining us for our annual Darwin Day Lecture with UNC biology professor David Pfennig! In this talk, we will examine how environmentally induced changes to organismal development affect evolution. As we will see, research into developmental plasticity and epigenetics has major implications not only for evolution but also for human health. Free; preregistration required. Register here >

Watercolor and Wine
Thursday, February 14; 6-8 p.m.
This Valentine's Day, join us for Watercolor and Wine! At this event, participants of all skill levels will be provided supplies to create their own masterpiece in a guided watercolor painting session with a certified botanical art instructor. Bring a friend or partner (or just yourself!) and enjoy a relaxing evening of painting, wine & beer, and light refreshments. Participants must be 21 years or older. Registration is required. $35 per person. Grab your seat now - spots are limited! Register here >

Spring Native Plant Sale & Festival
Saturday, May 4; 2-7 p.m.
Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival, where you can purchase southeastern native plants for your home garden and enjoy live music, food trucks, and family activities! Admission is free, and all are welcome. No registration necessary.

To see upcoming events and programs, click here.

Updated on April 05, 2017 at 09:18:43 am.