2016 Annual Events

50th Anniversary Celebration and Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, Sunday, April 10)

Join Garden Director, Dr. Damon Waitt, as he presents NCBG50: Past, Present and Future to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of North Carolina Botanical Garden. This special presentation of the Sims Lecture will recreate Garden history through the lens of the wildflowers, plants and gardens that make the Garden what it is today; the premier university-affiliated conservation garden in the United States. Reception celebrating 50 year anniversary will follow lecture. Register for free lecture.

Step into Spring Chapel Hill Garden Tour Prelude Party (Thursday, April 28)

Enjoy the splendor of a Carolina spring during an evening at the Garden. Light hors d’oeuvres with wine and beer will be served and the Chapel Hill Garden Club will recognize the homeowners opening their beautiful gardens to tour enthusiasts. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by the celebrated landscape architect and historic preservationist Chip Callaway of Greensboro’s Callaway and Associates. Learn more.

Spring Plant Sale and Festival (Saturday, May 21)

This is a new event for the Garden celebrating North Carolina’s native plants. This springtime event will feature native plants for sale from our own nursery and from local nurseries. Event will also include live music, food trucks, and a raffle. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party (Saturday, September 17)

Every fall the Garden hosts one of the Triangle’s most anticipated art events - a juried outdoor exhibition of original outdoor sculptures by North Carolina artists. This annual event showcases dozens of works that emphasize the bond between art and nature. The Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party will kick off the 12-week exhibit.

Fall Plant Sale and Festival (Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24)

Our Fall Plant Sale and Festival exemplifies conservation gardening at its best. All of the more than 100 species of southeastern native plants offered for sale have been propagated in our own growing operation. Plant sale proceeds support our continuing research in plant propagation and our Conservation through Propagation philosophy.

Discovering Magic in the Garden (Sunday, October 16)

The young and young-at-heart are invited for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on nature activities in the Children’s Wonder Garden! Build a home for a fairy or gnome with natural materials, meet carnivorous plants, discover the wonders of birds, make a leaf crown and other garden-themed crafts, listen to music, and much more. Bring your imagination and love of nature… and come dressed as your favorite plant or animal!

50th Anniversary Gala (Saturday, October 22)

We are pulling out all the stops this signature year to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a formal gala at the DuBose House and Rizzo Conference Center. This black tie affair will feature a seated dinner, honorary guests and a special presentation.

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture (Sunday, November 6)

Each year the North Carolina Botanical Garden offers a public lecture and book signing named in memory of Jenny Fitch, a local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener. This year’s Fitch Lecture will feature Thomas Rainer, a horticultural futurist fascinated by the intersection of wild plants and human culture. Thomas has worked on projects at the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden. His lecture, Planting Design in a Post-Wild World, will explore the future of ecological landscape design.

Updated on August 07, 2016 at 04:08:58 pm.