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May 2021

Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes (In-Person Series)

May 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$135

This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora.

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Excursion: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve

May 8 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
$75

with Robert Peet, Haywood Rankin and Fisher Stines, Friends of Plant Conservation Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM Fee: $75.00 ($68 members of either NCBG or FoPC) The Redlair Preserve is a 730 acre tract that forms the core of a larger 1200+ acre conservation area along the South Fork of the Catawba River near Mount Holly, NC. The complex topography and geologic diversity of the site provide habitat for a great diversity of plant species and natural…

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Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCG

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Carolina Community Garden, 218 Wilson St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free

with Anne Glauber, Certified Beekeeper Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 (Inclement weather date: May 9) Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Fee: Free; preregistration required Come learn about one of the world's most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world's food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with certified beekeeper, Anne Glauber. This workshop is held outdoors at the Carolina Community Garden (CCG), so please dress appropriately with closed-toe shoes. Register Here

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Excursion: Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Preserve

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$45

with Dennis Testerman, Conservationist, Preserve Steward at Suther Prairie; Jim Matthews, Ph.D., Retired, Department of Biology, UNC-Charlotte; Mike Baranski, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Biology, Herbarium Curator, Catawba College Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Fee: $45.00 ($41 members of either NCBG or FoPC) After being cared for by generations of the Suther family going back to the 1700s, this relatively undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie on the floodplain of Dutch Buffalo Creek became a “must…

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Mason Farm Biological Reserve Tour

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC United States
Free

with Johnny Randall, NCBG Director of Conservation Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Fee: Free, preregistration required Take a walk with NCBG director of conservation Johnny Randall through Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre nature preserve in Chapel Hill that features old farm fields, once cultivated by American Indians and the first European settlers to Orange County, now converted to native plant and wildflower meadows, and ancient woodlands of original forest, never clear-cut or plowed. Johnny will discuss…

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Outdoor Yoga in the Garden

May 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 25, 2021

North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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$13

Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing, and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.

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Edible Campus UNC Tour

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Edible Campus Gardens, Lenoir Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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Free

with Kyle Parker, Coordinator, Edible Campus UNC Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Time: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Fee: Free, preregistration required Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden's community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible, medicinal, and pollinator-friendly plants. We'll see and taste from the gardens, and we'll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more! Register…

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NCBG Display Gardens Tour

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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Free

with Dan Stern, NCBG Director of Horticulture Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Fee: Free, preregistration required Tour the NCBG display gardens with our director of horticulture, Dan Stern. From our innovative horticultural displays of southeastern native plants and wildflowers to our sustainable gardening practices, learn about how the North Carolina Botanical Garden leads the way as the premier conservation garden in the southeastern U.S. Register Here This annual tradition (formerly National Public Gardens Week) of the American Public…

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: How Trees Can Save the World – And What We Can Do to Help

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us. There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to Nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth? 

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Carolina Community Garden Tour

May 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Carolina Community Garden, 218 Wilson St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Free

with Claire Lorch, CCG Educator Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 Time: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Fee: Free, preregistration required Tour the Carolina Community Garden (CCG) with garden manager Claire Lorch. Learn about this 1/3-acre garden, an outreach program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which provides 5000+ pounds of fresh, sustainably grown produce to the University’s housekeepers annually through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents. The CCG’s special features include a solar-powered greenhouse, an extensive composting system, beehives,…

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