Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Connecting Ecosystems for Wildlife and Plantlife Biodiversity Conservation

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

Preserving and/or creating wildlife corridors between and among core natural areas is essential for biological diversity conservation. Emphasis is often placed on wildlife, but we all know that animals depend on plantlife for food, shelter, and general habitat. Plants, like animals, must migrate across the geographic landscape, interbreed to maintain genetic diversity, respond to environmental change, and adapt to new environments. In this presentation I will discuss the importance of wildlife corridors for all species, but with an emphasis on plants. I will also provide information on the national, regional, and local efforts to ensure conservation connectivity.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Climate Change Gardening for the South: Planet-Friendly Solutions for Thriving Gardens

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

Gardeners across the nation are seeing clear signs of trouble in their home gardens, no matter the sizeā€”like many aspects of life on our warming planet, gardening practices need updates. In the Southeast, gardeners are under pressure to deal with increasing weather extremes, shifting hardiness zones, and seasonal unpredictability. Such environmental conditions are increasingly tough on plants as well as insects, pollinators, birds, and mammals. Hear from author Barbara J. Sullivan as she empowers southerners to grow beautiful gardens while using gardening practices that contribute to solutions for our shared environment.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South

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

As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance.

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Long Mountain Slopes, and Unique Protected Plants of the Uwharries


Inside the Uwharrie National Forest, lies Long Mountain Slopes, a NC Plant Conservation Program Preserve. The Long Mountain Preserve is a 233-acre property composed of mature hardwood forest and a variety of native plant species including two species of concern, Mountain Camellia and Piedmont Indigo Bush. Long Mountain Slopes was purchased in 2004 from the Blair family by Three Rivers Land Trust, previously known as The Land Trust for Central North Carolina, which is a non-profit organization that has been working to conserve special natural areas, family farms, rural landscapes, and historic places since 1995. In 2005, the tract was placed under a conservation easement and transferred to the NC Plant Conservation Program.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Leave Your Leaves!

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

Fall is here and this year why not leave your leaves! Leaving your leaves is one way to change some of the forces at work behind the twin problems of the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity. Leaving your leaves will make your yard a better habitat for birds, fireflies and butterflies. It will enrich your soil, create less stormwater runoff and lessen air and noise pollution. Learn how preserving the leaf litter in your yard is a great thing you can do for your local ecosystems and to increase the enjoyment of nature in your own backyard.