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

Saving Our Seeds Exhibition

August 27 - December 22
Discover the importance of seeds to our daily lives, ecosystem restoration, rare plant conservation, and more. Click here for a list of programs and to register.

Sculpture in the Garden

September 17 - December 10
The North Carolina Botanical Garden hosts its 29th annual outdoor exhibition of works by North Carolina artists. Free and open to the public during regular hours.

Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
Saturday, September 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet the artists, vote for the People's Choice award, make early purchases, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and live music at this private party. Click here to purchase tickets.
Magic in the Garden
Saturday, September 23, 1-4 p.m.
Build a fairy or gnome home, explore carnivorous plants, discover our native caterpillars and magical metamorphosis, learn about seeds, and much more! Click here to register.
Harvest Moon Festival
October 5th, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Theatre
Enjoy an evening under the light of the Harvest Moon as we celebrate the first season of harvest in the Edible Campus UNC Garden and the vibrant food movement of the region. We will hear the stories of inspiring local food and social justice leaders and celebrate the next generation of food activists. Attendees are encouraged to pack dinner and a blanket; live music starts at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to preregister.
BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden
Friday, October 27, 5:30-8 p.m.
A nature pumpkin carving contest along with pumpkin viewing, live critters, crafts and treats. Funds raised benefit the Garden's Wonder Connection program.

Fall Plant Sale

Members' Night - Friday, September 29, 4-8 p.m.
Public Sale - Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Choose from a wide variety of southeastern native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and ferns at our annual sale, in addition to used books and native wildflower seeds. Click here to learn more.

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Seeing Seeds

Sunday, November 5, 2:30 p.m.
Teri Chace, author of Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods and Fruit, takes us on a tour of seeds—what they look like, what they do, and how they do it, as they work towards their astounding goal of self-replication. Teri will also discuss the techniques used for the book's stunning photos by Robert Llewellyn. Click here to register.

The Botanical Garden is a Campus Sustainability Partner and a founding member of the Center for Plant Conservation.

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