2018 Signature Events

Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture

Sunday, April 15, 2:30-4 p.m.
Initiated in 2000 by Botanical Garden Foundation board member Nancy Preston in honor of her mother, Evelyn McNeill Sims, the annual Sims Lecture focuses on native plants and their conservation and ecology. This year, we welcome John Harris, director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture at Franklin Pierce University for his talk, In the Footsteps of Spring: Retracing Naturalists Edwin Way Teale and John K. Terres.

Discovering Magic in the Garden Family Festival

Saturday, May 5, 1-4 p.m.
For all ages. Join us for a family-friendly celebration of spring and the Garden's natural wonders with fun, hands-on activities and nature play, including frog songs, carnivorous plants, bird games and crafts, flower art, compost critters, fairy & gnome home building, Story Walk, and more. $5 per person (2 & under free).

Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2-7 p.m.
Celebrating North Carolina's native plants, this springtime event features native plants from our own nursery and several local nurseries. Live music, food trucks, educational activities and a raffle all add to the festival-like atmosphere. Admission is free and open to the public.

Carolina Moonlight Garden party

Saturday, June 2, 6-9 p.m.
Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year and prepare to dance the night away. Each year we celebrate a different region of North Carolina with signature drinks, food, and fun.

Sculpture in the Garden Artists' Reception

Thursday, October 4; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Every fall the Garden hosts one of the Triangle's most anticipated art events: a juried outdoor exhibition of original sculptures by North Carolina artists. This annual event, Sculpture in the Garden, showcases dozens of works that emphasize the bond between art and nature. Purchase tickets >

Fall Plant Sale

Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29
Our Fall Plant Sale exemplifies conservation gardening at its best. All of the more than 170 species of southeastern native plants offered for sale have been propagated in our own growing operation. Garden Members enjoy a special plant sale preview party on Friday evening with discount on plant purchases, live music, and refreshments.

BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden

Friday, October 26
This family fun event features 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 4; 2:30 p.m.
Named in honor of Jenny Elder Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, by her husband, R.B. Fitch, the Fitch lecture has brought a renowned gardener or horticulturalist to Chapel Hill every year since 1999. This year, we welcome Brie Arthur, visionary horticulturist and author, for her talk, The Foodscape Revolution.
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Winter in the Garden Holiday Festival

Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8
Enjoy holiday splendor in the Garden as we celebrate the end of the year with luminarias, native plant greenery, holiday music, food and good cheer.

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