Up Now: Sculpture in the Garden

Totem sculpture by Nico Amortegui in the North Carolina Botanical Garden

The 32nd annual Sculpture in the Garden opened on Sunday, September 13 and will run until Sunday, December 6. This year’s show features 61 installations by 41 North Carolina artists. It’s free to visit during normal Garden hours (donations welcome), and all ages are welcome. Most sculptures are available for purchase, and a portion of…

Following in Botanical Footsteps at Rocky Face Mountain

Allium keeverae

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium One of the few good aspects of the restrictions on school, social, and business activities this past spring has been that people have flocked to the outdoors.  Many who had never before visited Seven Mile Creek Preserve (in Hillsborough), Duke Forest (in Alamance, Orange and Durham Counties),…

Edible Campus Collaborates to Release New Cookbook

edible campus garden bed

Edible Campus and Carolina Cupboard were created because too many students don’t have access to healthy, affordable, food resources on campus. In addition, making healthy meals on a budget can pose a problem to college students. That’s why Edible Campus, APPLES Service Learning, and Carolina Cupboard teamed up to create a cookbook that incorporates foods…

Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture begins in August

therapeutic horticulture in the Garden

Starting in mid-August, we will offer a six-week, online Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture class in partnership with NC State Extension Gardener. The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in an intended series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of therapeutic horticulture. Students will gain an overview of historical uses…

Herbarium Research Shows Lost Wildflower Grew Only in NC

Photo of an herbarium specimen of the now extinct Appalachian Barbara's buttons (Marshallia grandiflora).

Thanks to research in the UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium, part of the Garden, we now know that Appalachian Barbara’s buttons (Marshallia grandiflora) was a distinct species that grew just in Henderson and Polk Counties in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. And it has been lost forever. Appalachian Barbara’s buttons, a tall, intricate member of…

Happy Birthday, Psilocybe!

spore print

By Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, and Dr. Van Cotter, Herbarium Associate, UNC-Chapel Hill Herbarium The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates hundreds of thousands of botanical specimens – fungi, mosses, algae, lichens, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and even plant fossils. Every once in a while a specimen catches the eye of…

NCBG Community Gardens Awarded Funds for Urban Agriculture

Volunteers from the Carolina COVID-19 Student Services Corps harvest carrots at the Carolina Community Garden while wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) and American Public Gardens Association have partnered to offer immediate support to established urban food-growing programs at public gardens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, the USBG and the Association awarded $378,000 to 28 public gardens across the United States to help sustain urban agriculture and community food-growing during…

Black Lives Matter

black and white image of redbud

Black lives matter. At the North Carolina Botanical Garden, we stand in solidarity with those calling for accountability and justice. We share your sorrow and anguish over the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and David McAtee, and over the tragic reality that these are only the latest instances in our country’s long…