Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Flora of the Southeast Apps

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

For nearly 20 years, the herbarium has produced a print and pdf flora of the southeastern United States, a guide to keying out plant species across 25 states. In the last year, we've transformed this valuable resource into a web app with dynamic keys, photographs of species, quick searches by synonyms as well as Latin and common names. We've also designed a mobile app that further assists botanists with plant identification by narrowing down options using flower color, flowering month, geographic location, and other assorted bits of botanical information. NCBG herbarium associates Michael Lee and Scott Ward will present these two apps and how to best use them.


Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer Program

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

The NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer program, a 50-hour classroom and fieldwork education program, offered by NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham and Durham counties, prepares volunteers for stewardship, advocacy, education, and citizen science projects with leading environmental organizations in the Triangle. This new program will begin January 2024, classes will be held on Saturdays once a month at locations in Chatham and Durham counties. A key feature of this program are the Impact Projects participants develop that integrate course concepts and benefit one of the Partner Organizations. These projects challenge the program participants to answer the question, “What impact can I make on our environment?”

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Toxic Plants and Pets – Awareness is Key

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Dogs, cats, and other pet animals may interact with poisonous plants in their homes, yards, and neighborhoods. As their humans, it’s our responsibility to be aware of the effects of potential exposures and to avoid these as much as possible. We’ll review some recent data from ASPCA Poison Control and Pet Poison Helpline on the plant poisonings they see most frequently in pets and look at some of the plants that occur in our area and their specific toxic effects.

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Carex: The Versatile and Valuable Sedges for Your Garden


Learn about the latest research on Carex, grass-like perennial plants that are native to diverse habitats and offer many benefits for wildlife, ecology, and aesthetics. Sam Hoadley, the manager of horticultural research at Mt. Cuba Center, will share the results of a four-year trial that evaluated 70 types of Carex native to the mid-Atlantic region. He will also show how Carex can be used as problem-solving perennials in your home garden, whether you need to cover shady areas, replace turfgrass, create rain gardens, or add texture and color to your landscape. You will also discover some of the most beautiful and adaptable Carex species that are native to North Carolina. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about these versatile and valuable sedges for your garden!

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: How Piedmont Prairies Can Enhance Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Imagine walking through a landscape of colorful wildflowers and waving grasses, where birds, butterflies, and bees abound. This is not a scene from the Midwest, but from the southeastern Piedmont, where Piedmont Prairies once covered a large part of the region. Greg Paige, Director of Horticulture at JC Raulston Arboretum, will take you on a journey through these fascinating grasslands, which he studied while working at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, NC. Discover how Piedmont Prairies are important for biodiversity and ecosystem services and how they might be used to better manage open or typically mowed space.