Display Gardens Open

Our main display gardens in Chapel Hill are open normal hours. We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone.

Nature Trails Open

Our nature trails and preserves remain open, including the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Parker Preserve, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve.

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside

Looking for things to do in and around your home? From gardening tips to citizen science activities to reading lists, we've got you covered.

Not Stuck Inside: Kids Edition

Looking for things to do in and around your home with kids? Find citizen science opportunities and other nature activities geared for kids

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a conservation garden. Our guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

News from the Garden

2021 Wildflower of the Year

  American beautyberry Callicarpa americana Once again, we are bending the definition of a wildflower to offer American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) as our 2021 Wildflower of the Year. This deciduous understory shrub is native to woodlands, open forests, and disturbed areas throughout the central and southeastern United States. Beautyberry has pale green leaves along graceful…

A New Fungus Among-Us: “Chip Cherry” makes first appearance in North Carolina

New plants, animals and fungi are not only found in far-away exotic locations. The Carolina campus might be a surprising place to find an fungus never before documented from North Carolina, but recently a Carolina Biology major did just that. 

New Flora Covers Entire Southeastern United States

The southeastern United States is home to incredible biodiversity, and new plants are discovered in this area every year. Plant lists for this region, or Flora, evolve and change, making the most recent edition vital for professionals working in conservation and natural resources management.   On the cutting edge of the research to identify plants and their ranges are herbaria. Herbaria are collections of…

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North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation is the non-profit (501 [c][3]) membership organization that supports the North Carolina Botanical Garden, its mission, and its programs, Show your support for the Garden by joining the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.