Garden Open for Twilight Thursdays this Summer

Spiked wild indigo blooms in the Courtyard Gardens at twilight

Every Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we’re staying open until 8 p.m. so you can enjoy our display gardens after work and in cooler temperatures. Our exhibit hall and Garden Shop will be open, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy outdoors – we have lots of benches and picnic tables, plus open lawn areas for blankets.

With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in the Garden, and as part of the UNC campus, open containers of alcohol are prohibited.

Twilight Thursdays will run through September 1. There’s no fee or ticket to attend, but donations to support the Garden are welcome.

Hours and Admission

Our display gardens will be open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays from June 2 through September 1, 2022. There’s no fee or ticket for visiting, but we welcome donations to support the Garden. Make a donation here.

Food and Special Programming

June 2:
Food Truck: Mr. Mongolian
Music: Red Nucleus

June 16:
Food Truck: Mr. Cheesesteak
Performers: Triangle Native American Society

July 28:
Food Truck: Will & Pop’s
Special Programming: Meet the Consignment Artists
Several of our Garden Shop consignment artists will be on site with new and unique items for sale!

August 4:
Food: Free samples from Alpaca Chicken
Special Programming: Botanical Tattoo Meet-Up
Do you have a botanical-themed tattoo, or are you looking for inspiration for your next ink session? Come to the Garden on the first Thursday in August for a meet-up! We hope to have tattoo artists in attendance as well. If you know anyone who may be interested in displaying their work at this event, contact David Michaud.

August 18: 
Food Truck: So Good Pupusas
Music: Lisa Furukawa Trio

August 25:
Food Truck: Will & Pop’s
Music: The Miss Adventures

September 1:
Food Truck: So Good Pupusas
Music: Blumora

Stay tuned for more on Facebook!

Getting Here

We’re located at 100 Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill. You’ll be able to park in our main parking lot until 8 p.m., when we’ll lock the gates.

What to See

Explore our display gardens, from our Habitat Gardens to our Children’s Wonder Garden to our Carnivorous Plant Collection! Our exhibit hall will also be open, so you can check out our Garden Shop and DeBerry Gallery.


Picnics are welcome. There are tables and chairs available in the designated Picnic Area and by the Plant Sale patio, as well as benches and chairs throughout the Garden. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and use it in a lawn area. Please keep out of plant beds, and make sure you pick up any trash or food items from your picnic area.

Alcohol policy

No alcohol is allowed, as open containers of alcohol are prohibited on UNC’s campus.


With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed within the Display Gardens. Leashed pets are allowed on the Piedmont Nature Trails, which are open until dusk.


Masks are no longer required in our indoor spaces. For your safety, please stay on designated paths while visiting the Garden.


Twilight Thursdays are rain or shine. We will only close the Garden if there are strong storms, and any closure information will be posted to our website.