2017 Annual Events

Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture (2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 2)

Designing with Native Plants: A Naturalistic Approach
Lisa Wagner, Plant Ecologist
Using nature as inspiration for creating naturalistic gardens is key to creating sustainable and enjoyable gardens with native plants. Naturalistic landscapes are both pleasing, as conventional gardens become more reflective of natural gardens, but also ecologically balanced, providing sustenance for you, and for fellow inhabitants of your site.

Spring Plant Sale and Festival (Saturday, April 29)

This springtime event features native plants for sale from our own nursery and from local nurseries. Event will also include live music, food trucks, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

Carolina Moonlight Garden party (Saturday, June 3)

Join us for a spring garden party. More details to come!

Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party (Saturday, September 16)

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.

Discovering Magic in the Garden (Saturday, September 23)

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!

Fall Plant Sale and Festival (Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30)

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.

BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden (Friday, October 27)

A nature pumpkin carving contest along with pumpkin viewing, live critters, crafts and treats. Funds raised benefit the Garden's Wonder Connection program.

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture (Sunday, November 5, 2:30 p.m.)

Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods and Fruit
Teri Chace, Writer, Author
Join us for this engrossing, narrated hour-long talk based on her award-winning Timber Press title of the same name. “Every seed tells a story.” Though small and often not noticed or examined carefully, seeds are simply amazing—what they look like, what they do, how they do it, as they work towards their astounding goal of self-replication.Teri’s tour finds strangeness and fascination in the seeds of plants as familiar as oaks and dandelions, and as curious as figs and hellebores. View the gorgeous photographs by Robert Llewellyn (she will explain his “image-stacking” technique).

Holiday Festival (Friday, December 8 - Sunday, December 10)

Come see the Garden decorated for the holidays. More information to come!

Updated on September 09, 2017 at 12:00:00 am.