Annual Lecture Series

The North Carolina Botanical Garden has two longstanding lecture series that are free and open to the public each year.

Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture

Every spring the Garden offers a lecture focused on native plants and their conservation and ecology. The lecture series was initiated in 2000 with a gift from Botanical Garden Foundation Board member Nancy Preston. Mrs. Preston wanted to honor her mother, Evelyn McNeill Sims, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, Mrs. Sims was educated at UNC - Greensboro and later moved to Kingsport, Tennessee, with her husband and daughter. Wildflower excursions in the mountains surrounding Kingsport were a favorite activity for Mrs. Sims, who eventually became a volunteer guide at Bays Mountain Nature Park.

In the Footsteps of Spring: Retracing Naturalists Edwin Way Teale and John K. Terres

John Harris, director, Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University
Sunday, April 15, 2018; 2:30 p.m.

In February 1947, Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie set out to trace the progress of spring from the Everglades to the summit of Mount Washington. The record of their 17,000 mile odyssey later became a best-selling book, North with the Spring. Almost two decades later another noted naturalist, John K. Terres, employed seasonal change to describe the natural world surrounding Mason Farm. Intrigued by these astute observers, in 2012 John R. Harris set out to retrace the paths of Teale and Terres, walking in their footsteps guided by their words. His work Returning North With the Spring and this presentation will offer highlights from these wild places: noting what's been lost and celebrating how much remains. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture

Named in memory of Jenny Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, this lecture takes place each fall. Mrs. Fitch passed away in 1995. The endowment for the lecture series was graciously donated by her husband, R.B. Fitch, in 1997 after friends and family sent scores of memorial gifts to the Garden. We have been able to bring a renowned gardener or horticulturist to Chapel Hill each year since 1999 to present the Jenny Fitch lecture.

The Foodscape Revolution

Brie Arthur, Horticulturist and Author
Sunday, November 4, 2018; 2:30 p.m.

Visionary horticulturist Brie Arthur joins us for a presentation on her signature design technique of foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that integrates edible and ornamental plantings to create beautiful and functional gardens. Working with everyone from home gardeners up against homeowner's associations to public school systems, Brie is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to think outside the box, Brie will discuss how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to underutilized, everyday spaces. Brie will highlight the best edible and ornamental planting combinations, and attendees will get a sneak peek of scenes from her next book, Gardening with Grains (Fall 2019), which shows how beautiful, sustainable, and easy it is to grow your own carbohydrates.

A booksigning and reception will follow the lecture.

Updated on January 11, 2017 at 09:58:38 am.