Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture – Architects of Abundance: Indigenous Regenerative Land Management and the Excavation of Hidden History

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

Dr. Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her research focuses on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations gardened large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans. Contrary to popular belief, Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today. Whether it's periodically burning grassland ecosystems with low severity fires to maintain habitat for deer, buffalo, antelope, etc, or building intertidal rock walls that catch sediment and warmer waters to expand clam habitat, native people have a number of innovative strategies for scaling habitat for edible plants and animals whom they often view as relatives. Her work translates this poorly understood history to the Western world and highlights the connection between Indigenous land ethics, decolonial narratives, carbon sequestration, biodiversity augmentation, anthropogenic habitat expansion, and regional ecosystems connectivity. These success of the systems is believed to be due to their underlying value system of respect, reverence, responsibility and reciprocity.

Spring Native Plant Sale

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

Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Purchase southeastern native plants grown at the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s own nursery as well as at Cure Nursery, Field to Cottage Nursery, Growing Wild Nursery, and Mellow Marsh Farm.


Carolina Moonlight Garden Party

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

“The 2023 Carolina Moonlight Garden Party is the hottest ticket in Chapel Hill!”  -- Gail Perry, NCBGF Director and gala committee co-chair Buy Your Tickets Here > You are invited to attend the premier garden soiree in the Triangle. Carolina Moonlight is the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s largest fundraising event of the year.     Dress...