2019 Signature Events

Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture

Sunday, April 7, 2:30 p.m.
Initiated in 2000 by North Carolina 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 Dwayne Estes, executive director of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) at Austin Peay State University, for his talk The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative: Charting a New Course for Conservation in the 21st Century. Register here >

Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival

Saturday, May 4, 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 1, 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. Purchase tickets >

Sculpture in the Garden Artists' Reception

Saturday, September 14; 4:30-6:30 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 27 & Saturday, September 28
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 25
This family fun event features a nature pumpkin carving contest along with pumpkin viewing, live critters, crafts and treats.

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture

Sunday, November 3
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 horticulturist to Chapel Hill every year since 1999.

Winter in the Garden Holiday Festival

Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7
Enjoy holiday splendor in the Garden as we celebrate the end of the year with festive lighting, native plant greenery, holiday music, food, and good cheer.

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