News Center / Press Room

Welcome to our Online Press Room. The following news releases, briefs, and videos cover exciting things that have happened at the Garden. Visit our Education & Events pages to learn about upcoming classes, workshops, lectures, and art exhibits. Please see contact information in the sidebar to the right.

We also have a Newsletter Archive that includes back issues of our member newsletter. Current members receive this newsletter as it is published


January 29, 2015
Fire-pink (Silene virginica), one of the most stunning native perennials of the eastern United States, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. Read more. (pdf)

January 29, 2015
On Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30-9pm, the Garden will celebrate Darwin’s birthday with a special presentation by Dr. Rob Dunn about the wildlife that lives in our backyards, in our bedrooms, on our friends, and on ourselves. Read more. (pdf)

January 27, 2015
The North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Damon Waitt as its next director, starting April 13. Currently, Waitt is the senior director and botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, one of the country’s most effective advocates for native plants. Waitt supervises the Center’s gardens and natural areas in addition to spearheading invasive species initiatives, education programs and conservation efforts. Read more. (pdf)


June 10, 2014
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is pleased to present the annual Sculpture in the Garden juried outdoor sculpture event showcasing works of North Carolina sculptors, September 21-December 7, 2014. This annual event highlights the natural interplay between fine art and garden finery. Read more. (pdf)

May 13, 2014
James and Delight Allen will establish an endowment providing ongoing income for Garden operations. In honor of their generosity, the education center on the grounds has been named the James & Delight Allen Education Center. Read more.

May 1, 2014
This fall, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is pleased to present its most ambitious botanical and artistic public exhibition to date—Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps—a major juried exhibition of 44 original contemporary plant illustrations, illuminating the historical, artistic and botanical influence of John and William Bartram. Read more. (pdf)


June 21, 2013
The Garden was one of three North Carolina nonprofits chosen earlier this month to share $790,000 in donations from The Bayer Cares Foundation as part of Bayer's 150th anniversary celebration. Read more.

April 15, 2013
Dr. Johnny Randall, assistant director for conservation at the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina, has won the 2013 Star Award from the Center for Plant Conservation for his work with rare and imperiled plant species. Read more.

March 13, 2013
UNC mobile app to expand knowledge of plant species. . . . Read more.

March 12, 2013
The North Carolina Botanical Garden has lost one of its most ardent and long-lived friends, Dr. C. Ritchie Bell. . . . Read more.

February 18, 2013
Two grants from neighbors in the Research Triangle Park will help the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continue a science program for pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals. Read more.


November 27, 2012
Scientists working at the UNC Herbarium of the North Carolina Botanical Garden have named a new species of wildflower based on the study of specimens from known populations of the very rare plant, now named Marshallia legrandii. Read more.

August 24, 2012
The North Carolina Botanical Garden's Healing and Hope Through Science program has been awarded a Sparks! Ignition Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The $25,000 grant will be used to create a garden-on-wheels for hospitalized pediatric patients. Read more . . .

June 4, 2012
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp announced today that 107.6 acres of environmentally sensitive land will be administered and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden as part of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Read more . . .

April 24, 2012
Governor Perdue Proclaims May 11, 2012 National Public Gardens Day in North Carolina

February 20, 2012
Garden will celebrate the role of public garden on National Public Garden Day, May 11, 2012. Events planned. Read more...


July 18, 2011
The North Carolina Botanical Garden was voted "Best Park/Greenway in Chapel Hill"! See Chapel Hill Magazine's July/August issue.

May 31, 2011
Carolina Campus Community Garden Celebrates One-Year Anniversary. More

April 5, 2011
N.C. Symposium to Showcase Benefits of Outdoor Classrooms. The North Carolina Outdoor Classroom Symposium begins Friday, April 8, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. More [PDF]

January 12, 2011
The North Carolina Botanical Garden's Education Center has earned the highest level awarded for green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program recently awarded the building platinum certification. The Education Center is the first building on a UNC campus, the first state-owned building in North Carolina and the state's first public museum and outreach center to earn LEED platinum status. More . . .

January 11, 2011
The Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), the non-profit membership support organization of the North Carolina Botanical Garden (the Garden) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has purchased and added a 5.6-acre parcel to its Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve. More [PDF]


September 10, 2010
Nancy Easterling, horticultural therapist and associate director for education at the Garden, wins WCHL-radio's Village Pride Award. Listen to Nancy speak about horticultural therapy at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

June 17, 2010
Garden featured on UNC-TV's "North Carolina Weekend"

May 7, 2010
Director Peter White interviewed on William Friday's show, "North Carolina People" on UNC-TV

February 12 prescribed burn of Sandhills Habitat Display Garden (videography and editing by Kate Fuquay & Benjamine Reid)

March 1, 2010
Carolina Campus Community Garden Sponsored by North Carolina Botanical Garden


September 8, 2009
UNC News Release: N.C. Botanical Garden inaugurates new "green" education center with fall events

June 26, 2009
2009 "Seeds of Success" Collector Award given to Andy Walker, North Carolina Botanical Garden, at American Public Gardens Association (APGA) annual meeting. More [PDF]

May 19, 2009
At its annual membership meeting on April 18, Audubon North Carolina presented the Birdlore Conservation Education Award to the Botanical Garden. More [PDF]

March 10, 2009
Director Peter White received an "Outstanding Southerner" award from Southern Living and is profiled in the March issue.

Feb. 19, 2009
Garden enters new phase

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Updated on January 29, 2015 at 12:16:02 pm.

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