Sims Lecture: 50 Years of Wildflower Conservation

Julie Moore paddling

Join us for our annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture, as Julie Moore, botanist and endangered species biologist, takes us on a virtual journey through the past 50 years of wildflower conservation in North Carolina. She will share her firsthand experience with the Garden’s early role, and how the Garden and numerous other organizations work toward the conservation of the diverse and unique flora of North Carolina. Julie will show us how we can all be effective advocates for the protection and use of our native wildflowers.

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.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., reception following

Free; preregistration required

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